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How can technology make you more productive and efficient?

Published on Friday, July 8, 2016

Written by Alex Cadman

If you are an IT contractor or someone who absolutely must have the latest in technology gadgets, you likely already know how their features and capabilities can improve your day-to-day business activities.


If you haven’t yet taken advantage of how these gadgets can benefit your contractor business, read on to find out how these three gadgets can make you a more professional and productive contractor.

As part of our ‘summer of tech’ at Churchill Knight & Associates Ltd, we are featuring three of the most sought after tech items around. We are also giving you and a friend or colleague the chance to take one home when you successfully refer someone to our accountancy services. 

iPad Mini 2

The first gadget on our list is the iPad Mini 2. Portable, thin and fitted with an A7 processor that offers desktop-class computing, the iPad Mini 2 can be used for more than just Netflix and games.

Here are just a few of the various business uses of the iPad Mini 2 that can help make your business activities more efficient and productive:

iPad Mini front and back

1. Give presentations

If you need to give a presentation to a client, you can easily sync your slideshow via the Presentation or Keynote app with your iPad Mini 2 and use a VGA Adapter to hook it up to a projector.

2. Organise your files, tasks and appointments on the go

One of the main benefits of iPads is that they offer many of the same functionalities that laptops do, so if you commute via train to your job site and need to access files or documents, you can use an iPad Mini 2 to do so. 

3. Manage your limited company finances

Having an iPad Mini 2 means you don’t have to be hooked up to a desktop computer or a chunky laptop to access your limited company information. With Churchill Knight’s Client Web Portal now being mobile responsive, you can use the tablet to enter expenses, mileage, view your business bank account balance and more all while on the go.

GoPro Hero Session

The second gadget on our feature list is the GoPro Hero Session. This GoPro is small, light, and waterproof, and is the perfect way to capture the exciting moments of your summer adventure. Here are some other ways you can use a GoPro Hero Session for your contract work:

GoPro camera

1. Use it as a dash cam

If you frequently drive while on contract, use the GoPro Hero Session as a dashboard camera to record your journeys. That way if something happens while on the road, you have proof of the events if needed.

2. Develop your portfolio

Many contractors create a portfolio of their work to help win contracts with prospective clients. With a GoPro Hero Session, you can stand out and make your portfolio more dynamic by creating videos showcasing your previous work and contracts. You can also use videos to promote your contractor business via YouTube or Facebook.

3. Create stunning first-person view videos for your clients

The GoPro is especially useful to you if you are a marketing or design freelancer. These days there is plenty of competition to make projects more engaging and interactive than the last. If you need something to ‘wow’ your clients and make them consider you for future contracts, incorporate the GoPro Hero Session into your project to create something different and fresh.

Bose Soundlink Mini 2 Portable Speaker

Finally, the Bose Soundlink Mini 2 Portable Speaker. This compact speaker does not sacrifice sound for its size and is perfect for playing music on the go this summer. Here are some ways you can use this Bose speaker for your business activities:

Bose portable speaker

1. Take phone calls

If you are busy in your home office or out at the job site and don’t have any free hands, you can connect the Bose speaker via Bluetooth to your phone and hear the person on the other end of the line without having to hold a phone up to your ear. This also makes the Bose Soundlink perfect for conference calls.

2. Give presentations

You can use the Bose Soundlink speaker to give better quality presentations using its Bluetooth functionality. If you are giving a presentation that requires audio, simply connect the device that is playing the sound to the speaker via Bluetooth and you can deliver a better sound-quality experience.

3. Entertain your network

On an informal level, you can use the Bose Soundlink Mini 2 Portable Speaker the next time you decide to host a social event with your colleagues or clients. Use the Bose speaker to create a surround sound-like music experience whilst you entertain guests.

Now that you know some of the different ways you can use these three tech gadgets, it’s time to try them out for yourself. These great gadgets are all available as part of our 'summer of tech' promotion. Simply refer a friend or colleague to our accountancy service, and when they sign up you will both be able to choose one from any of the three gadgets above. Terms and conditions apply.

To refer a friend or colleague, visit our site here and fill in the brief form with your details and your colleague’s details. You can also refer via email on refer@churchill-knight.co.uk or via phone on 01707 871622.

You can refer and be eligible to receive one of the above three gadgets more than once, so don’t hesitate to spread the word about Churchill Knight to your friends and colleagues.

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