Albany small business owners are used to wearing multiple hats – and some days it can feel like you’re doing it all. Maximizing your time is a must if you’re going to find a balance between your busy schedule and enjoying time with your family and friends. Here are eight helpful apps you can implement into your day.
Tired of sorting through receipts at the end of each month? Come out of the dark ages with this easy to use app. Expensify lets you scan your receipts and make notes as soon as you make a purchase. From there, you can easily generate your expense report without haggling with Excel.
One of the most time-consuming tasks associated with running a business is the number of meetings you have to attend or manage. If you’re traveling, it can limit the time you have for team collaboration or client engagement. GoToMeeting offers a virtual meeting space, and is a reliable alternative with a solid Internet connection.
Google Drive, Google Docs & Google Sheets
Google has several options for document sharing and storage, which can be very handy if you use a gmail account for your business. Google Drive offers storage for large files (up to 15GB). Google Docs offers a collaborative editing environment for Word document files, while Google Sheets offers the same for spreadsheets. This makes it easier for your team to work on projects from the road, and request approval with the click of a button.
Evernote is a popular app that allows you to take notes, create lists, and save articles or websites of interest. All of your notes and files automatically sync with all your devices, so that on-the-go memo you made for yourself will be waiting for you once you get back to your office computer.
Trello is another great collaboration app. Trello helps you organize project tasks by team member, assign deadlines, make notes, and get approval from other departments. Keep everyone in line and on task with one simple app.
Outlook makes it easy to stay connected and maximize your time on the go. You can connect all of your email accounts and calendars to one app right on your phone. You can customize the app to send you notifications and updates to keep you up to speed.
This may be a case of one app to rule them all. IF helps you automate and combine your other apps to streamline daily tasks. For example, you can manage your social media accounts, manage your home thermostat, check Google Drive, update your Craigslist post, and more. The app can connect with over 190 other apps and devices.
Networking can be time consuming, but it’s an important cornerstone of any business strategy. LinkedIn offers a tool to stay connected with people in your industry or potential clients – even if you can’t make the latest networking function.