As you start to get more comfortable (hopefully) with the idea of becoming a franchise owner, it may do you some good to start thinking about all things mobile; after all, no matter what type of franchise you end up buying, mobile technology will be part of it.
Do you have a Smartphone, yet? The iPhone, the Blackkberry, and the Droid are finding their way into more and more hands, these days. Lots of small business owners have them, and use them..for business.
So many choices. So little time.
That's just the phones.
Your car, van, or truck may soon be a hot spot for productivity. (Even more than it is now)
According to a post from American Express OPEN Forum;
"By the end of this year, wireless network operators will begin to roll out LTE, a new mobile broadband technology that could eventually turn your car into a WiFi hot spot. At the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, Toyota and Alcatel-Lucent showcased an LTE-connected concept car that enabled a complete internet experience. Eventually, they say, business users will be able to access all their business information and tools from in-car systems."
Read the rest of Susan Kuchinska's OPEN Forum post.
So, what types of things will you be able to do in your vehicle, that you can't do now?
Well, there's that email thing. If you're parked somewhere, accessing your email through your vehicle's dash may be easier and faster than through your Smartphone. (The buttons could be bigger, which would increase your typing speed)
Text-to Voice will be getting more popular, and it will probably be marketed as a "safe application," for folks worried about texting while driving dangers. (It's dangerous!)
Maybe, you'll be able to have conference calls with your sales reps or field workers in real time, right through your vehicles dashboard. (In real time.)
Those are just a few examples of how mobile technology may be used more in the future, and not just from your Smartphone.
Mobile technologies bode well for service franchises. Lots of service franchises (like Spring-Green) are multi-vehicle types of businesses. Maybe they'll be some great ways to integrate some of the new mobile technologies with a service franchise operation, which can increase productivity, which could translate into increased revenue.
How does that sound?