The majority of business people all over the world have smartphones. This has become the norm in today’s fast paced environments. We have to stay connected and be able to access necessary information from anywhere. This is particularly important when you are dealing with companies in various countries and time zones.
Mobile devices have made it fairly easy to stay in touch with your team members, suppliers, customers, prospective clients and other people you deal with on a regular basis. You can do this via email, instant messaging applications, video conferencing solutions, CRM systems, project management software and any other tool you use to communicate.
Luckily, most of these tools have apps designed specifically for your mobile device, whether you’re using an iPhone, iPad, Android or something else. Access and use of the software are much easier through the apps, compared to logging in on the website, which is their main advantage.
We’ve heard of many different calendars that are available out there but are these really necessary? I mean, you most likely have your Outlook calendar. You might also have a Google calendar. On top of that, chances that the CRM you are using has a calendar as well are pretty high.
However, there are many other apps that are designed with business people and their extremely busy schedules in mind. Their goal is to make your life more simple. And maybe even more fun. Afterall, we should all enjoy doing our jobs.
When you start using or doing something new, there is always that learning curve associated with it. That is why you have to assess the benefits and decide if time spent adjusting to this new tool is worth it. Having this in mind, I have compiled a list of 7 best apps for business people that might be worth your time:
Trello – it helps you organise not only your tasks, but the ideas as well. You can use it alone or with a group of people, whether they are personal or work contacts.
QuickVoice Recorder – allows you to take voice notes when you don’t have time for typing. It provides voice reminders, lets you send voice messages and use other apps while using it.
Fancy hands – there are plenty of virtual personal assistant apps out there but did you know that this app allows you to get in touch with real people that will help you get through your to-do list? Quite an interesting concept, isn’t it? Unfortunately, they’re available in America only, at least for now. The idea of having people get things done for you for a small monthly fee that’s based per request is pretty tempting, if you ask me.
Skyscanner – it lets you search for flights through one app, which means no more multiple tabs and windows. Specify your dates and look what all major airlines have to offer.
Genius Scan – this app uses your phone’s camera to scan documents easily and quickly. You can crop, straighten and enhance your documents so they look presentable, without having to run into the office to actually scan them. You can then group them, organise, transfer and share with the appropriate resources.
Expensify – if you need to manage your business related expenses, then Expensify is the right tool for you. It tracks your mileage using GPS, plus you can use it offline too. Also, forget about keeping your receipts and sorting through them later – this app will scan them for you.
TripIt – this is a travel organiser app that will take all of your trip details (flights, rental cars, hotels, maps) and create a single itinerary that is easily accessible and there when you need it.
I have tried a few of these apps and have to admit that I already love using them. Personally, it’s always about using my smartphone to its full potential. If I can find something to increase my productivity, make my life more simple, save some time and offer convenience in any way, I think it’s worth trying it.
Do you use apps for your mobile device? What are some of your favorites? How have they changed your life?♦ End