These days everyone tends to own and use smartphones, but do you use your phone in smart ways?
In this article, I’m going to share with you some phone apps that can really help to boost your business productivity.
We all tend to have our phones with us for most of the day and checking in and using these apps can make big differences both on how we organise our work and upping our productivity levels a notch. This can make a huge difference when it comes to staying ahead of our competitors.
See, there are many times throughout the day where we are waiting on something, wasting time. It could be while waiting on or travelling on a bus, waiting on an appointment, on work breaks from your day job and it has been known for many to use these whilst on the throne (bathroom visits). These are the times when these apps can be really useful. As these otherwise wasted minutes can be put to use and become productive and help you drive your business forward.
I frequently use Keep app as it was the first one I used and have simply kept on using it. Keep app allows you to write, take notes, lists, screenshots and pictures and as it is a google app it syncs straight with your computer.
This is great for when out and about and you get an idea for a title or the makings of a blog post. These types of apps make it easy to take note and start writing there and then before the idea goes out your head.
I have used Keep app to write almost full blog posts and emails while away from my computer and then simply transfer them at a later time. In fact, I started this post on my phone with the Keep App.
A clean, simple easy to use app.
Evernote similarly to Keep app is great for when out and about or away from your computer. This Microsoft Windows app will sync with your computer allowing you to take notes, save pictures, insert links, record in audio and much more.
Evernote comes with 3 plans.
Evernote Basic- free – use to take notes and have them sync straight to your computer.
Evernote Premium – paid – use to organise yourself and your work. Take notes, make lists and organise your work schedule.
Evernote Business -paid per person – if you are in business with others this will allow you to share ideas and work seamlessly within a team.
If you are looking for an app to help you keep on top of everything and make your to-do lists look seamless Todoist is a great app. It has a simple and clean design so it is easy to use and navigate, meaning that keeping on top of everything you need to do is clear and appears effortless.
You can use all the basic features for free or choose an upgrade at just over £20 for the year, meaning it is much cheaper than other competitive apps out there.
You can set reminders and deadlines to help you get everything done on time and in an orderly fashion.
Now one thing you want when in business is something that is going to keep all your passwords secure. This is exactly what Lastpass* does and this can be used across several devices. Lastpass* will store and fill in all passwords and or information quickly and securely for the sites you use, it will create unique passwords for you at the touch of a button and help to keep all your online activity as safe as possible.
I find this an invaluable tool as it means no more carrying a notebook or using the same password across several sites which many people are prone to doing and one of the most common problems when your identity is stolen or your accounts hacked.
You simply need to remember only one password and that is for Lastpass* as it will remember the rest for you.
It will also store other information for you such as bank details, card details and addresses.
So once you start generating an income with your online business you are going to want to look after those earnings in a quick and easy fashion.
Quickbooks is a clear and easy to use app for keeping on top of your income as well as outgoings. It will allow you to create invoices, store receipts and track your business cash flow all in one place.
You can try QuickBooks free for 30 days then chose a pricing plan that best suits your business needs.
Social Media Apps
Most of us today have social media apps on our phones. But, if you are going to try and build a brand for your business and use such social media sites to promote your work and business your phone is the best place to have them. This allows you to reply to people quickly and efficiently no matter where you are.
Social media apps are great for growing a following or getting people to visit your site. You can share all your new work through your social media platforms. From new blog posts to your newly created programme that you want to showcase to the world, social media platforms are a great way to generate traffic for your business.
Apps like Instagram are phone-based apps anyway. The one thing you do need to be careful of is constantly checking your phone whilst at your computer working. For this reason, it is best to set 2 or 3 times a day where you will check your social media apps and reply to anyone who has been in touch.
Have a Smarter Smartphone for Business
I hope that by using your smartphone in a smarter way, using some simple phone apps that it will help to make your life that little bit easier and your work life that little more productive that it allows your business to grow at a faster rate and have you earning the income you desire a little sooner than predicted.