Work for the owner of Blo/Out Blow Dry Bars begins as soon as he grabs his iPhone at
"The phone is always with me," says Shenkar, whose salons do blowouts for
Smartphones have become vital for on-the-go entrepreneurs. Apps aimed at small business owners allow them to pay bills, update websites, market their companies, reach out to customers and keep in touch with employees from anywhere. Some owners say their smartphones makes it easier for them to build a side business while keeping a full-time job or step away from the company when needed.
They're also a big help for store owners, like Shenkar, who can't be at every location at once.
"Typically, I drive from one store to another," says Shenkar, who has three stores in
Last year, he dropped his iPhone and shattered it before a drive to the
"I had to immediately rush over to the
An app from online store creator
When he goes to food festivals to sell carrot curry or red chili lime hot sauces, he turns his iPhone into a cash register with Square, a small device the size of a quarter that plugs into his phone and lets customers buy the sauces with their debit or credit cards.
"I'm constantly on the go," Chaimberg says.
Some entrepreneurs don't even have to be in the same state to run their business.
Davison updates the stores website with an app from website and blog publishing platform WordPress on her
Often, customers ask to buy clothing straight from Instagram. That's when she'll respond with a link to the store's PayPal account to pay for the clothing.
"I literally do this sitting on the beach sometimes," says Davison. "It's crazy."
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