A Day Without a Wallet: San Francisco

Managing a Bay Area 9-to-5 with only a mobile device

By Marybeth La Motte on May 7, 2015

This is part of our Day Without a Wallet series, exploring what can be done without a wallet and only a smartphone in various cities across the country.

Could I make it through an entire business day without my phone? I sure wouldn’t want to. 

How about a day without a wallet? Now, that’s something my husband wouldn’t mind (in my case, at least)!

Luckily, a day without a wallet doesn’t mean a day without spending money. I stuck my ID in my pocket, left my wallet on the table and set out using Uber for transportation around San Francisco.

First stop, the Legion of Honor in Golden Gate Park for the media preview of High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection exhibition. Coffee was provided — phew, I didn’t have to figure out a way to pay for my morning drink! I used my phone to take notes and document styles I found most interesting as the curator led us through the 19th century looks.

I took a few moments to post photos of my favorite designs on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to alert my followers and fans of the exhibit and help encourage attendance for the museum. 

Marybeth La Motte

As I exited the Legion of Honor, I could not help but notice the stunning views, the terraced gardens and the overall beauty of Golden Gate Park. I snapped a few pictures to give Facebook followers a glimpse into a treasured place where I love to spend my time.

From the park, I headed to a client meeting at my office in Union Square. It was lunchtime, and I had guests coming, but no wallet! No problem: I used Seamless to order a selection of sandwiches and salads for delivery. The client was impressed with the spread and the meeting went well.

Since the topic of our discussion was social networking, we used my phone to discuss our plans for her online presence. We browsed through the Pinterest, SnapChat and LinkedIn mobile apps to source ideas and inspiration that might elevate our own social strategy.

Once the client left, I remembered something I neglected on my to-do list — making a dinner reservation for six for that very evening. Through the OpenTable mobile app, I was able to quickly get us in at Pabu, Michael Mina’s newest San Francisco restaurant.

With our dinner reservation squared away, I went to work on a mass email for another client, which needed to go out immediately. Could I send a message to 7,000 contacts from my phone? Yes, thanks to MailChimp

After finishing up at the office, I was ready to head to dinner. I can safely say I made it through the day without my wallet.

Marybeth La Motte is the executive producer and founder of MLB Media Productions, a full-service video production, marketing and communications consulting company, and creator of Red Carpet Bay Area, a lifestyle website bringing viewers front-row to fashion and philanthropy in the San Francisco Bay Area.

To stay in style with Marybeth, visit her She Said blog, or follow Red Carpet Bay Area on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

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