4 Apps every direct seller needs on their phone:
Make sure you have the NOTES app handy on your phone. It looks like this:
My friend, Vanessa Taylor showed me this a couple of years ago. Copy and paste all information you might need into folders on this APP.
For example, if I get a home office lead, and I’m away from my computer, I can go into this APP and copy and paste my entire home office lead email! I also have a copy of the digital catalog link in case I need to text it someone. This has been a TOTAL life saver! The possibilities are endless with this! Here is an example of how your folders will look in the APP:
Anything that you find yourself repeating, put it in a folder here and save yourself the time of typing up a quick and blotched message when you’re on the go!
**And Kristin Whitlow just informed that you can copy and paste PICTURES into the NOTES app which makes it even BETTER! I’m so excited about that!
**someone asked the question, how do you copy and paste something you want in there from a document. I email the document I want to myself, not the document itself, but the content (so I can copy it). And then paste it into NOTES from there
The second APP you need to utilize is DROP BOX! If you are not using Drop Box, you’re not doing yourself any favors. I can access ANY file, anywhere, at anytime.
And the biggest thing I use this for, is my catalog product cards. I downloaded the entire catalogs product cards and have access to them in ONE click from my phone. And the best part? They’re automatically put into alphabetical order in drop box. So when someone asks to see what patterns the zip top organizing utility totes come in…I just pull that product card and text it to them. Or someone orders a product in a pattern that doesn’t exist…I just just send them the product card with the patterns that ARE available. SO easy. And so productive when it comes to your time, and most importantly, your CUSTOMER SERVICE! Here is what the Drop Box app looks like:
You’ll want to download Drop Box on your computer first. Then load all of your current folders, into your Drop Box folder. Just Google Drop Box!
What’s really cool about putting ALL of your folders into your Drop Box account? heaven forbid, your computer crashes and you lose all your files on your computer! Well, now you can log into your Drop Box account and download Drop Box onto your NEW computer, and WALA! There’s all your files 🙂
And here is what Dropbox looks like from my phone. All my folders on my computer easily accessed right from my phone! This is the folder I have for the Spring product cards. When a customer asks what patterns a product comes in, it’s all in alphabetical order. Snap and send in 2 seconds. One of the best things I ever did for my business!
Third App is MileIQ:
Okay, everyone NEEDS this app! Download this app on your phone ASAP! I discovered this at our Leadership Council a couple weeks ago.
This has a GPS tracking system. When you drive, its tracks, when you stop driving-it tracks. You don’t have to put in start and stop #’s. It does it for you! You can go back in later and swipe whether the drive was personal or business. AND…you can also add notes to the GPS locations. So I can put in, post office/hostesses addresses/Dollar Tree/Walmart/Staples…all those frequent places so it’s easier for me to see where I went!
AND…it will email your list to you whenever you want. So you can have your mileage sent to you once a month to print and put in your tax binder. Seriously, it is AMAZING!! It is a must have for anyone in direct sales or running your own business! GENIUS!
Check it out here and look for this app on your phone:
Fourth App is Wunderlist:
I’ve had a few friends send this app my way over the last year. It was a hot topic at Powerhouse tables. So when my friend Missy Nelson was raving about it, I went to check it out.
I LOVE the simplicity of creating lists and checking things off. I’ve used my Google Calendar “tasks” bar and Trello for lists of “to=do” things daily. But nothing is this simple.
Now, for more complicated tasks, scheduling, reminders, etc…I would stick to your Google Calendar and Trello. But for a simple to=do list, Wunderlist is the BOMB and helps keep me on task.
Some of my lists are:
~my daily to-do, i just have it labeled “work”
You can literally put anything you need in there! LOVE IT! You can also set this on your computer desktop so you can add to your list or check things off no matter where you’re at!
If you’d like to see more, check out their website:
Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts
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