Dial It In: 4 Businesses That You Can Start With Just Your Smartphone

Business.com / Starting a Business / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

Starting your own business is hard, but what if you could do it in the palm of your hand? Here are some ideas for how to do just that.

There are many opportunities out there that are ripe for the taking.

Since the technology we now have at our fingertips is so powerful, many of these opportunities are now easily within reach and no longer require a large amount of capital investment.

Smartphones have increased the ability of the average individual to communicate in ways that used to be impossible, and many wonderful things possibilities are now realities from the palm of our hands.

There are many valuable tools on the average smartphone, and you can use these tools to open lots of doors and provide many services to clients who are in need of them.

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Here are four types of businesses that you can start, using nothing more than a smartphone:

1. Tour Guide

If you are extremely familiar with any city, town, or region of the country, then you can earn a decent living just by showing people where all of the neat stuff is. Millions of tourists and visitors want these services because they don't want to feel like a fish out of water. Your clients would be the kind of people that do not want to just buy a map and then have to ask for directions if they get lost.

They would prefer to have a real, breathing human being show them around, so they are better able to take full advantage of the many amenities that a new location has to offer. Basically, you are a sort of ambassador for the area(s) where you perform this valuable service.

You can use your smartphone for finding your way around if your clients need to go somewhere you haven't been in a while or if you need more detailed instructions about how to find a certain location. You can also use your smartphone to get information about many of the local attractions, such as operating hours. Although you are probably familiar with most of this information, your smartphone can help you out with the details you don't know.

2. Videographer

The video capabilities of most new smartphones are stunning. The scary part is that they are only going to get much better over the next few years. The profession of videographer used to be an option available only to those who spent thousands of dollars on equipment; however, it is now open to anyone with a smartphone.

In addition, it used to take a lot of time, and even more equipment to make video tapes or DVDs in order to provide the final product to the client. These types of tasks can now be performed in seconds with little effort.

You can also post on the various web pages of party planners and other related businesses that are often hired by people who are putting on events where somebody might be in need of your services. In addition, you can create landing pages and build websites to promote yourself in order to spread the word about your business.

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3. Life Coach

Are you a great motivational referee? If so, then locate clients that would like to hire you as a life coach. Although you can start a web page to advertise your services, you don't even need to do that if you have other ways of spreading the word about what you do. In fact, if you do things the right way, you might not even need your smartphone at all because all you really need to do is show up on time and then perform your inspirational magic.

However, your ability to locate clients is greatly enhanced when you do use your smartphone, so it will more than likely be a vital part of your business endeavors.

4. Virtual Assistant

This job is almost as simple as being a life coach, except that you will probably need your smartphone in order to have instant communication with your boss at the drop of a hat. In addition, you can use many of the organizational tools available on your smartphone in order to perform your job more efficiently.

You can also communicate with all of your employer's inner circle in a very convenient manner and have all of the important files and information you need for your job easily accessible with just the touch of a finger.

So grab your smartphone and get to work. You now have the ability to do many great things for people, so you should take advantage of all of these wonderful new gifts and make yourself some money while you're doing it.

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