Running a small business and keeping up with calls and keeping up with texts and keeping up with email and calendar events can be a ridiculous task, especially if you're having to pull your phone out of your pocket every two minutes.
An Android Wear-powered smartwatch is a great way to keep in touch with all aspects of communication while focusing on the job at hand and growing your business. Here are the ways an Android Wear smartwatch can help your business run like a well-oiled machine.
Never miss an alert
Investors may very well be the backbone of your current enterprise. If you keep anyone waiting too long, you may be seen as unprofessional, even though you're running a business and have a million other things to do.
When your notifications are on your wrist, they're much harder to ignore or miss. For one, if your wrist is in view, you'll catch the screen out of the corner of your eye. For another, loose pants pockets are the death of vibrational alerts. If you're on your feet all day, you might not feel anything.
Get call, text, email, calendar, and other notifications on your wrist with a smartwatch.
Use awesome business tools
There are great apps for Android Wear that help you with productivity, discreet messaging, and more.
For example, there's an Android Wear app for Evernote, which is an awesome note taking app that you can trigger with "Ok Google, take a note". That way, when you're in the throes of creativity, you don't have to fiddle around and whip out your phone — just speak into your smartwatch, dictate your note, and know that it's saved for later when you need it.
If you only carry a phone and don't want to miss alerts, you might have your phone's volume cranked. If you're in an important meeting and your phone goes off, you bet your bottom dollar that you're gonna get the evil eye from at least one person.
Having all of your notifications sent to your wrist means discretion, since you'll feel the vibration, but it's not one of those awful audible "vvvvmmmmmm" sounds that make us all instinctively check our own phones. Better yet, instead of rudely pulling out your phone and checking while talking to someone, you can casually glance at your wrist to make sure it's not pressing. (Just don't make it look like you're bored and checking the time.)
You'd think an interactive screen on your wrist would be a major distraction, but it really isn't. Think about it — if you've only your phone on you and it goes off, you have to root around in your pocket for it, pull it out, unlock it, fail the first time and have to try unlocking again, and you're screwed if you open to the home screen instead of the app that notified you, because then it's like looking in the fridge when you're bored — why am I here and what was I doing?
Having a quick notification on your wrist saves time because it'll vibrate, the screen will turn on, you can review the notification, deal with it if it's pressing, or just swipe it away and go about your business.There's no Facebook or theChive to distract you.
Monitor stress levels
Running your own business is hectic and likely very, very stressful, especially if you're starting from the ground up.
Heart monitors in Android Wear smartwatches can help you keep track of your health and give you alerts when things just don't seem right. You can use awesome health apps to keep all your data in order, too!
Yeah, yeah, it's 2016, acceptance this, judgement-free that, whatever. You go to a business meeting, and potential clients or investors are sizing you up as soon as you walk in. If you don't look the part, some folks might dismiss you right away.
Many Android smartwatches look quite sophisticated and it's often said that a great timepiece makes or breaks an outfit. And if you pair your watch with the right band, then you're really cooking.
Look the part, feel the part, and go in there and nail it.
What's on your wrist?
Are you a business owner who relies on their Android smartwatch? Which watch do you have and how does it make your life easier? Let us know in the comments below!