5 More Essential Apps for Working on the Go
If you’ve found yourself flustered while working on the go, you’re not alone. It’s never as simple and as hassle-free as working from your own office. The five common problems we’ve solved in our previous piece are merely a fraction of the challenges professionals face. In the final part of this 2-part series, we present the best solutions to five more problems. Try them out, and you’ll see the improvement!
6. Problem: You want a secure way to backup, store, access and share all your documents and data without having to laboriously upload files or folders every time you update them (yes, I’m talking to you, Google Drive).
Solution: Install Dropbox on your desktop, laptop and mobile devices once, then forget about it (except when you’re thanking it for saving your butt.) The app automatically syncs your data on all the devices where it’s installed, so you and your team always have access to the latest version of what you’re working on Get 2GB of storage free, or upgrade to Dropbox for Business, which offers 1,000GB of storage, the ability to administer users and accounts, reports that show who’s sharing what, and more for $15/user/month.
7. Problem: Managing your business’ social media accounts is tough enough when you’re at home. When you’re driving, flying or in meetings 18 hours a day, it’s nearly impossible.
Solution: The freemium HootSuite mobile app makes it easy to monitor all your social accounts in one place using your smartphone or tablet—as well as schedule social media status updates days (or weeks) in advance.
8. Problem: You frequently need to review and edit Microsoft Office Excel, Word or PowerPoint files on an iOS device like your iPhone or iPad—but there’s no Microsoft Office app for iOS (although there are plenty of rumors about one).
Solution: The $9.99 Documents to Go app is the most fully featured option out there for viewing, editing, storing and sharing files with PC users. It’s not ideal for intensive editing, but if you just need to do light edits and want to tote a lightweight tablet instead of a clunky PC, this is your best bet. It also enables you to sync with major cloud-based services like Google Drive and Dropbox.
9. Problem: Your sales call went so well the prospect wants to do a conference call with your team back home…in 20 minutes.
Solution: Pull up join.me. Quickly download the free join.me app and you’re ready to host a conference call with up to 10 people. You can also share screens, transfer files and use chat during the call. The appeal of join.me is its simplicity—you send participants a code which they enter to join the call. They don’t need to download anything or register for an account.
10. Problem: You’re on a long business trip and need to stay on top of your business finances on the road.
Solution: QuickBooks Mobile is free for QuickBooks users. It doesn’t have all of the features of QuickBooks, but with the ability to view and edit customer information; manage outstanding customer balances; and create, edit and email invoices, estimates and receipts from your mobile device, you’ll be able to ensure your cash is flowing no matter where you are.
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