It can be hard to keep up with the office when you’re out travelling, drumming up investment and finding clients. Luckily, there are plenty of apps designed to help make your life easier, and we’ve scoured the App Store and Google Play for the best of the best. Here are some of the most effective apps we’ve found to help you stay organized, on top of your finances, and connected.
Evernote (Android, iOS)
This is probably the best app on the market to help you keep your notes organized and your thoughts coherent. It syncs with your desktop, and allows you to share what you’ve taken note of with colleagues. We particularly like the features allowing you to save information from webpages, and add it directly into your notes all the while preserving the original formatting. Link audio and video clips, write memos, and create reminders to colleagues all in the same app. It’s great to use during meetings to help you keep track of your brilliance when inspiration strikes you, and not risk losing it if you try and write it down later. (Cost: free)
It’s all about who you know, and who knows you. LinkedIn is the professional’s social network, and if you’re not a member, you need to sign up immediately. Connect with friends and coworkers, but more importantly expand your network to those you don’t know, but want to. The website is easy to navigate and set up, but we particularly enjoy the mobile version as it not only packs most of the features of the website, but also allows you to connect on the fly with people you run into during your daily activities. Find someone that knows a vendor you need? Connect with them immediately, then contact your vendor and when they see your mutual connection you’ve already got an in. (Cost: free)
Quickbooks Mobile (Android,iOS)
If you’re using QuickBooks software for accounting in your business, you owe it to yourself to load up the mobile version of their software. It hooks right into your account and allows you to view, edit, and contact your customers on the go. You can email invoices, sales receipts or estimates, and also send out payments right from your mobile device. Load up a copy for yourself and make sure your accountant gets it too, so they can adjust and manage your finances if they have to be away from the office. Use to app to help guide financial meetings with your employees or financers. If you have paid for the desktop software, the app is free, so you might as well benefit and get it now. (Cost: free-ish)
Sign Easy (Android, iOS)
This is probably one of our favorite apps to make the list, because it does something we’ve all wanted to do for a very long time. Have an invoice that needs to be signed, or a W9 for some work you’ve done? This app makes signing documents even easier than if you were at home. Simply load the PDF that you need to sign, and sign with your finger, save and send. Load documents from your email, the web, DropBox, Good Drive and virtually every other program that allows you to view a document. Stop wasting time and paper, and sign stuff the easy way. (Cost:free)
SBA Gems (Android)
For entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, this app is designed to help your small business find every applicable federal and SBA programs and resources to help you get your business jump started. The app was a winner of the ‘Apps for Entrepreneurs Challenge’ hosed by the US Small Business Administration and it’s easy to see why with a wealth of information and an intuitive interface. Though still in its infancy, SBA Gems features tools to help you find business license and permit requirements, federal loans, grants, and programs, as well as other tools like keeping you updated on business news and the SBA Twitter feed. (Cost:free)
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Aimee Watts is a staff writer for Mobile Moo. She has spent ten years telecommuting full-time, and loves spreading tips and advice for fellow work-at-home parents. She loves gadgets, new ideas, and skiing with her two favorite people: her husband and teenage son. They live in Evergreen, Colorado.