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August 19, 2016

Six Tools for Your Business On The Go

The golden rule of business is that it never stops. Not for your meetings. Not for lunch. Certainly not while you’re sleeping. To beat your competition and grow your business as fast as possible, in today’s world, it’s become more important to be connected at all times. Some businesses do this by building international teams of remote talent to ensure that their business moves at all times, others by opening offices in different time zones. However, if you can’t afford to hire remote workers or open a new office, there are plenty of tools out there for you to stay connected to your business 24/7 and make sure that you stay abreast of any problems and developments.

Here are the six best tools for your business on the go:

1. Evernote

No list is complete without mentioning the productivity godsend. Evernote lets users record notes that then sync across all your devices. For aided simplicity, the app utilizes voice dictation software, so if you don’t have time to type, you can just speak into the app. Not only will Evernote prevent moments of inspiration from slipping away from you, but it can pull up notes with an effective search function. Need a quick refresher on the person you’re about to meet with? Pull up that bio note you pulled together this morning. Evernote is the ultimate memory bank for entrepreneurs and businesses of any size.

2. Cal

Every business needs a schedule, and Cal is one of the most robust mobile app calendars on the market. With apps for both Android and iOS, Cal is accessible, beautiful, and intuitive. Perfect for on-the-go event creation, Cal will provide suggested invites based on your contacts and suggested locations for the event, all based on the event name. The calendar app is made by the creators of Any.do, so if you use Any.do already, this app is certainly worth a try. Because businesses are constantly moving, it’s important to have a calendar program that can keep up with you, so use Cal to your advantage and make sure your day goes according to plan.

3. Expensify

No matter how big your business gets, keeping track of your expenses is a pain. Enter Expensify. This popular expense reporting software is the best in the business—the company now big enough to host conferences in Hawaii for its team and clients. Expensify uses a smart scanner to process pictures of your receipts, extract the necessary information, and report it automatically. If the expense is approved, Expensify will automatically reimburse the payer too. This app is a must-have for businesses that travel, as it greatly simplifies the hassle of dealing with receipts and the perpetual question of who paid for what.

4. Trello

Need to stay up-to-date with your team and your business’s progress while you’re out of the office? Try Trello. This simple project management app allows users to make cards for specific tasks or projects and add members to them as necessary. You can attach files, checklists, updates, due dates, or whatever information your team needs to each card, and you can update Trello cards on the fly. All of your cards are then presented on a board, so you can easily see at a glance what’s going on across your whole team or business. Automatically syncing across all your devices, Trello is one of the most effective ways to ensure that your team is on the same page, that they receive updates as soon as they’re needed, and that you stay up-to-date with all progress.

5. Slack

Fun, colorful, and incredibly useful, Slack is the communication app that everyone has been talking about for some time. Slack lets businesses create channels for each of their internal teams, general channels for banter or company-wide announcements, or direct messages for one-on-one contact. Streamline your business’s communication, and stay up to date with what’s going on the office even when you’re away by downloading Slack to your smartphone. Not only can employees get in touch with you in the case of an emergency, but you’ll be more in tune with your company and its culture than ever before.

6. Wunderlist

“Get stuff done” is the calling card on Wunderlist’s website. The app is a simple to-do list in a beautiful format. Best for individual needs, entrepreneurs can add any and everything they need to do, set reminders for those tasks at specific times, and ensure that nothing slips through the cracks. Wunderlist makes task management easy by allowing you to group related tasks into folders and converting emails into new tasks with the tap of a button. Users can share their to-do lists with family, friends, and colleagues too, so people can know what you’re working on, or if need be, you can pass off tasks to them. In short, Wunderlist is the reminder tool you didn’t know you needed.

Use these six apps to stay connected with your business while you’re out and about, and ensure that everything is running smoothly. What other apps do you use to help run your business? Leave a comment below!

Edited by Alicia Young

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