Now that the Internet can be taken virtually anywhere, increased mobility is quickly becoming the topic du jour in business. While the advent of the laptop made it easier for you to take your work on the road, nothing beats the simplicity of a highly adaptive, easy-to-use app that can be downloaded straight to your smartphone or tablet. Whether you're new to the mobile trend or have kept up with the digital revolution from its humble beginnings, there's no denying that the convenience of being able to perform basic tasks on the road will help grow your small business.
If you're the kind of person who is constantly looking forward to the next best thing, make sure to check out the following apps that can make your life so much easier:
- Evernote: This trailblazer has been around for a little while now, but that only means it has seen regular improvements and updates since it became a popular app for keeping digital files organized. Its claim to fame is its sync-up capabilities, allowing you to share information across the team via a cloud-based platform. Making a change to a talking point in a meeting but worried people won't read their email in time? Don't sweat it - simply plug it into Evernote and everyone who has access to it will know immediately.
- Google Drive: It wouldn't do to neglect mentioning Google's solution to the mobile craze. With Drive, you can keep all of your productivity in one place, use the cloud's sharing capabilities to extend information to the rest of your workforce and even allow them to edit work from afar.
Apps for communication
- Dragon Dictation: This app is a powerhouse of communication and pagination. It'll let you record meetings vocally, but rather than just having a playback of your own voice, it'll transcribe what you're saying into a text document. Does someone need a file in a hurry? You can use this app to send information away, as well, with just a click of a button.
- Dropbox: This one could have easily gone in organization, as well, but if you think outside the box, you can understand why an app that lets you send and receive massive amounts of information takes communication to a whole new level. Do you need entire folders of documents in a hurry? Ask your colleague to drop it into your box, and within minutes, you'll have what you need streamed directly to your mobile device.
The other apps you need
- ParkPatrol: As a crowdsourcing app, which means other users contribute to the information, this will allow you to tell immediately when your meter is about to expire if you're away on business and unfamiliar with the new city. It will also alert you when law enforcement might be nearby, checking on parking violators. A must-have if you're traveling for work.
- Invoice2Go: Inexpensive and convenient, this app lets you manage invoices to clients immediately and over a long-term period. If you're busily conducting a round of business transactions away from your central computer, don't worry - everything you do with your mobile device will be tracked back into your home hard drive.
- CardMunch: Conferences can be a delightful way to network, but they also come at a price - you'll often go home with dozens of cards weighing you down, and it takes time to file them all away into a usable list of new contacts. Instead of sweating it, this app will let you take a picture with your phone and then instantly file away the appropriate information for you into a nice, digital copy.