Most of us do some work either away from our office or in our home. As a result more and more we are conducting business on our tablets and mobile phones over wi-fi or cellular networks.
In the past that meant trying to shoehorn common office tasks done by brand-name software into a process that edited or transformed them into something else so the mobile devices could read or edit them. But that’s no longer the case. Microsoft Office and other platforms are now universal and make working out of the office much easier. Couple that with some amazing apps specific to business uses and your phone or tablet is a powerful business tool.
Below are some of my favorite apps and their uses for Android phones. I have many, if not all, of these installed on my iPad as well. Check these out, and share your favorite business apps with me @BeBizzy on Twitter or below in the comments so 2016 can be the most productive year ever!
Notes and Meetings – Like it or not, meetings are the way of today’s business. Luckily online meetings are becoming a bigger part of the meeting landscape which allows multi-tasking, easier note taking and recording of the meetings. Check out a few of these apps to enhance your meeting experience.
OneNote – My favorite note taking app from Microsoft. Having a Microsoft account allows you to share the same notes across all platforms (PC, phone, tablet), keep multiple “notebooks” and chose from a number of formats.
Office Lens – This is one of my favorite apps. It’s an easy way from Microsoft to photograph a document, visual slide or marker board, clean up and enhance the image, and save to be shared.
Chromecast – If you have a Chromecast device and want to share your screen through a wi-fi connection, Chromecast is the easier method. Share directly to a flat screen TV or projection with the touch of a button.
Google Drive – An easy way to share or collaborate on documents
Dropbox – My favorite way to save documents and share if needed. It’s very easy to limit who has access and even for how long. One of the few tools I subscribe to monthly.
Time/Cost Tracking and Tasks – Even if you don’t own a business you will most likely be responsible to track time, projects and productivity. The below apps will allow you to easily to do this and more.
Milebug – I’ve been tracking my mileage on Milebug for years. It allows multiple starting points, destinations, vehicles and reasons so you can track almost anything. It also provides an easy way to export the data for reporting needs.
Shoeboxed – Great way to save, upload, categorize and report on receipts. Generates great monthly or yearly looks at categories which can easily be made to match your company’s cost centers or the tax codes.
GTasks – This is a better way to access Google Tasks through widgets on multiple screens
Jiffy – Need a way to track time spent on individual tasks or projects? Jiffy does that and more.
Google Analytics – Want to see how your websites and campaigns are performing? Google Analytics provides a great view into this and more.
Office and Other Documents – Microsoft Office is the universal document system. That, along with mail and other events are an important part of the business process.
Microsoft Office – If you have a valid subscription Microsoft Office is available to install on your mobile devices to create, view and/or edit Office documents right on your phone or tablet. Tools available are Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
TypeMail – The best mail app available for Android and iPhones. Allows for multiple accounts, signatures and widgets to handle all mailing needs.
LastPass – All of these applications and softwares require passwords, and LastPass allows all of these passwords to be more secure and easier to create and retrieve.
News and Media – Many of us like to stay informed about our areas of expertise and the internet has made this much easier that waiting for industry specific publications to be mailed monthly. Use the apps below to follow your favorite people and/or business verticals.
Pocket Casts – Great podcast app. Find your favorite audio or video podcast and subscribe. Keeps everything organized across multiple devices.
Pocket – Need to save a website to read for later? Pocket will do this, sync across devices and platforms, and categorize them for easy sorting.
LinkedIn – Great social media app providing contacts, news, groups and other information unique to your circle.
Hootsuite – Most of us are on multiple social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. Hootsuite allows you to see of this in one place, post to them collectively (or a single platform), and organize according to lists or other criteria.
There you have it. A few of my favorite apps to make my device more useful to conduct business. Let me know below or @BeBizzy on Twitter if you have any to add to this list!
In addition to these, I use screens unique to personal and business functions by utilizing the widgets, contacts and other links to applications. Keep everything organized on your devices and you will become more productive in 2016 as well!
Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received a mobile phone and with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own.