Everyone is increasingly living their lives on a mobile basis, and business owners, more than most, have embraced this trend, running much of their business ‘on the run’. There is a plethora of applications that purport to aid you in this new mobile way of doing business, but which ones are truly effective and will make a difference to your working life?
Which apps are worthy of your time?
The test of any app for a business owner must surely be whether it’s easy to use, and will have a real impact on the way you relate to your customers. There is no point downloading a whiz-bang app that is cumbersome, or doesn’t deliver a solution that you need. This takes time away from running your business, and adds no real value to customer interactions.
So which ones do make the grade, and why?
Idea Sketch – this captures your ideas or meeting points in a mind map format and displays them in a colourful easy-to-read form.
Things – this is a powerful To Do List app. You create the task, and into it add everything from the email you want to reply to, or the files you need to access, in one neat package.
Google Apps – we are hearing a great deal about Cloud Computing and this app makes great use of ‘the cloud’, as it’s often referred to, by storing your documents etc on a remote server where you can access them on any of your devices at any time.
JotNot – This handy app allows you to scan a very sharp image of a document or menu or whatever you need to capture, and then email it to Evernote, another ‘must-have’ app, which files the images away in an easy to search form.
Flipboard – wading through all the updates on various social media platforms can be time-consuming so this app gathers them all together and displays them in magazine format. Perfect for a catch-up at the end of the day!
This list is by no means exhaustive but it does give you an indication of the wealth of apps out there that can make a real difference to the way you manage your business in this mobile age.
In this discussion hosted by Suzi Dafnis (Community Director, Australian Businesswomen’s Network) with guests Valerie Khoo (Managing Director, Sydney Writers’ Centre), and Robert Gerrish (Business coach and consultant, Flying Solo), talk about which apps can really make a difference to the way you do business.