As a small business owner, you probably frequently find yourself wishing you had a personal assistant; you know, someone to look up numbers or manage your calendar for you. Oh, wait! You can come this close to having one when you check out the many functions of Google Home. (And don’t be fooled by the name; it’s every bit as useful in an actual office as a home office.)
Here are just a few of the tasks Google Home can do in the workplace:
Say it. Search it. Shop it. Order it.
With the new Google Home Search Function, you can say it, search it, shop it and order it. And since the Office Depot app is compatible with Google Assistant, you can find the latest deals, place an order, check the status of an order and even quickly locate the closest store. Running low on your favorite pens or are in need of several whiteboards for a brainstorm session – Google Assistant can place the order for you, removing one more task from you long to-do list. Shopping for great deals? Simply say: “Hey Google, ask Office Depot about the latest deals.”
Feel like you have an upcoming appointment that you just can’t place? “Hey Google, what’s my agenda for today?” can set you straight. It’s easy to add appointments, too, just by saying "Schedule <event> for me on Saturday at 8 p.m."
Play a Podcast
Want to hear what top small business gurus are up to? Ask Google Home to play the latest podcast. One super handy feature is that you can still interact with Google Home even while listening. For example, you can add an appointment to your calendar. Google Home will just pause the podcast while you share the details.
Bring you the News
If you’re like many, it’s easy to get sucked into the time-wasting vortex of the internet if you go searching for news on a site, or even worse, on social media. Google Home can bring you top headlines, no surfing required. And if they are fixated on a story you just don’t care about, you can politely ask Google Home to skip it for you.
Keep you on Task
Many small business owners swear by productivity methods that have them working for a set period of time with no distractions. Set the timer via Google Home, shut down your email, open your sales report documents and focus for the next 20 minutes, until Google Home tells you it’s time for a well-earned break.
Help you be a Better Writer
Not sure how to spell a word? Google Home will make you smarter than your spell check. And if you have a particularly loquacious client who likes to try to impress with his or her huge vocabulary, Google Home can help you read between the lines by giving you the definition, too.
About the Author
Cathie Ericson is a freelance writer covering business and consumer topics. She creates branded content for Fortune 500 companies, and her work has appeared in LearnVest, Costco Magazine, Forbes, TheGlassHammer.com and IDEA Fitness. Follow her @cathieericson.
All content provided herein is for educational purposes only. It is provided “as is” and neither the author nor Office Depot, Inc. warrant the accuracy of the information provided, nor do they assume any responsibility for errors, omissions or contrary interpretation of the subject matter herein.
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