Seven out of ten of us now own a smartphone (according to research by Deloitte). Whilst it has revolutionised our way of living and working by enabling us to constantly keep in touch, does your phone actually save you money?
Having the ability to send and receive emails on your smartphone when away from your office can be highly useful and means no missed opportunities for responding to quotes etc. However, how many of us are guilty of using our smartphones for nothing more than status updates on Facebook, checking the football scores or reading the latest news!
Now is the time to harness the immense power of your smartphone; here are five great apps that will make it earn its keep and start saving you some pennies…
Save on energy bills
Have you ever gone away and realised that you’ve forgotten to turn your heating and hot water off? Or worse, gone away and had your pipes freeze and your house flooded? Your smartphone can save you from this! Hive is a state of the art kit that allows you to control your heating and hot water system remotely. The app that comes with it allows you to control the thermostat, turn you heating on and off, and it even protects your system against frost damage with the unique frost protection system. Hive reckon you’ll save up to £150 per year with this kit and app.
Take control, wherever you are
Never miss a discount or reward point opportunity
Are you forever getting to the checkout and realising that you’ve forgotten to bring those carefully cut out money-off coupons and your loyalty card? Then download the Keyring Rewards App where you can store the barcodes and details of all your loyalty cards, coupons and gift vouchers. You’ll save money as well as de-clutter your handbag!
If you’re self-employed the completion of the annual tax return can be tricky. Trying to find receipts and remember details from well over a year ago can be hard if you’ve not kept up to date records. This could mean that you are paying too much tax. There are lots of apps available that can help you keep records of all your receipts. Some apps, such as Monzia, allow you to text your expenses at point of sale so you aren’t raiding the shoeboxes come January for lost receipts. The HMRC’s website has a list of apps they recommend to help self-employed people keep records.
Use your library
Have you visited your local library service’s online catalogue recently? Things have changed! Not only can you reserve, request and renew books online; you can also download and read books, magazines, newspapers and audio books – all for free! Without leaving your office, or it costing you a penny, you can read up to date trade journals, business magazines and reference books. To read the magazines, newspapers and ebooks you will need to download a free app which your library service will direct you to.
Be more productive
Working at home is fantastic but sometimes it is all too easy to become distracted. A great free app, Pomodoro, helps you combat this. Breaking your day into 25 minute bursts, tackling a single task at a time, can help you be more productive and efficient. At the end of the day you will have accomplished more – and hopefully earned a little more money for your business!
So – what are you waiting for? Be smart – get your smartphone to work harder for you and save money.