Even the busiest small business owners need a break from managing the store, working from behind a desk, or running day-to-day operations. From conference calls and sales meetings to tracking expenses, today’s mobile apps make it easier for anyone to stay connected to their businesses without staying at the office.
Here are five apps that can provide the flexibility to still do what you love without ever losing the pulse of your business.
Join.me is a subscription-based app that allows you to host face-to-face meetings with your staff from your iPhone or iPad. You can also use the app’s Whiteboard function to share and present ideas with your team in real time. Tools like the laser pointer make it easy to lead and follow shared presentations. The app is also available for Android users sans the whiteboard feature, but users can still share screen views, apps, web pages or documents. Join.Me integrates with all popular productivity tools including Outlook, Google Calendar and Office 365.
Trello is a very user-friendly and visual way to manage projects and organize just about anything. Think of it as a poster board with sticky notes or Pinterest for your ‘To Do’ lists. Trello uses boards and cards to assign tasks and track ongoing projects, customer issues, employee updates, etc. Users can create checklists to monitor progress and/or task completion. Other features include ability to add attachments, activity log, templates, and customization. Trello does offer a free version of the app, as well as three subscription levels.
An oldie but a goodie. Hootsuite Mobile allows you to manage your social media on-the-go from last minute edits to your scheduled messages to monitoring customer conversations while you’re away from your desk. It’s one app but allows you to manage multiple platforms from your phone or tablet. You can approve social media posts from your team or assign your team to answer social media messages that would be better answered from someone at the business location. Users can choose to download a free version or a number of subscription service packages.
You can leave the office and never worry about missing a potential sales call with Freshsales. The app includes everything you need to know about your leads, contacts, accounts and deals. The app also allows you to access important information, so you can track the status of important deals . Freshsales includes tools for calendar management, email distribution, and real-time business notifications. You can even arrange an Uber pick up. Freshsales has a 30-day free trial option.
Business owners can easily track time, log expenses, and manage invoices on-the-go with Harvest. You can start new timers away from the office or stop any times that you previously left running. The expense tracker allows you to snap receipt photos with your iPhone as you enter expenses, and keeps all your records organized. Send professional invoices and get notified when clients pay them. For teams, view your teammates’ timers in real-time and stay in-sync on projects. Harvest has free and paid versions available.
Give yourself permission to break away from the office or store and remember that you can manage your business from mobile devices, without missing a beat.