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10 Apps That Will Turn Your Android into the Ultimate Business Machine

10 Apps That Will Turn Your Android into the Ultimate Business Machine


    Blackberrys were the default business device until the iPhone came about. Many companies adopted the iPhone because of it’s better web browsing and apps were way more plentiful than on the Blackberry devices.

    However, companies still seem overlook Android devices.

    Android phones can be fully customized with any number of applications to turn your Android into the ultimate business machine.

    Here are 10 applications to get you started:

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    1. Business Calendar

    Half of the battle is won by showing up on time. Business Calendar for Android allows you to manage multiple Google Calendars just like Google’s own web interface. In the Month View, you can easily show and hide calendars from the main window. To change from Month to Week View, simply swipe your finger over that week. Need to see more — or less — than a week? Use the slider at the bottome of the screen to show anywhere from 1-14 days.

    Download Business Calendar

    2. Evernote

    Evernote has become one of the most powerful business tools for anyone who wants to remember and organize anything. Evernote is adaptable to the GTD methodology or pretty much any method you’d like to use. Using Evernote for Android will allow for voice-to-text notes and voice notes. Scanning business cards saves you from losing them after any networking meetings you may have.

    Download Evernote

    3. Task N Todos

    Task N Todos is the easiest task manager for Android. The clean and simple layout, coupled with the All Tasks list and the Summary tasks list, makes Task N Todos much easier to manage multiple lists than on the web-based Google Tasks.

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    Download Task N Todos

    4. LastPass

    LastPass is a ray of light in what can only be described as the horrible world of passwords. With extensions for every major desktop browser and the premium option to use LastPass on your Android, there is no reason to have lame (or easy to guess) passwords any longer.

    Download LastPass

    5. SMS Backup+

    So many people are using text messaging for business these days, so it’s really important to be able to save these SMS conversations. SMS Backup+ will save your text and picture messages, along with your call log to your Gmail account. If you’d like, your call log can also be displayed on your Google Calendar. Having your call log here is great when you want to track sales calls.

    Download SMS Backup+

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    6. Dropbox

    Dropbox offers several great benefits for Android users. Instantly uploading images and videos taken from your camera can be a lifesaver if your device gets lost or malfunctions. You will also have access to all of the files stored in your Dropbox folders, meaning you will always be “in sync” no matter where you are.

    Download Dropbox

    7. Skype

    Whether you have a Skype number or just make Skype to Skype calls, SMS and video chats, having Skype on your Android is an essential business tool. (That said, unless you have a fast network and fast device, video chatting can be a little choppy at times.)

    Download Skype

    8. Call Reminder Notes

    Call Reminder Notes is the perfect app for remembering information you’d like to talk to someone about. Set a reminder to “Call Dave at 3:30 on Tuesday” and add notes about why you need to talk to him. If the information isn’t urgent, you can also add in a note to pop-up the next time you talk to him.

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    Download Call Reminder Notes

    9. Google Voice

    Google Voice is a great option if you want to have more than one phone number going to your Android phone, and even more ideal for anyone looking to keep their personal and business lives totally separate. Think of it as a customizable voicemail service. Contacts can be grouped and a voicemail greeting can be recorded just for them.The voicemails are transcribed and emailed, texted or displayed in the Google Voice Android app. With Google Voice, you have the ability to text message and make calls using either your Google Voice number or your normal cell phone number.

    Download Google Voice

    10. Pomodroid

    One of the hardest tasks when working while mobile is the greater level of distraction. Pomodroid is an app based on The Pomodoro Technique. The basic idea is to work on one task for 25 minutes then take a short break. Pomodroid is a timer to help you keep track of your time — and your breaks.

    Download Pomodroid

    (Photo credit: Young Businessman on Tablet via Shutterstock)

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    Last Updated on October 16, 2019

    11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

    11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

    Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

    Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

    Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

    In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

    1. ScheduleOnce

      ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

      ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

      ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

      Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

      Available on Web

      2. Calendly

        Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

        You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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        Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

        3. Assistant.to

          For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

          From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

          While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

          Available on Web

          4. Acuityscheduling

            Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

            It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

            Available on Web | iOS | Android

            5. Pick

              Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

              At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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              Available on Web

              6. X.ai

                For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                Available on Web

                7. YouCanBook.me

                  is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                  They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                  Available on Web

                  8. Doodle

                    Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                    It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                    You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                    While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                    Available on Web | iOS | Android

                    9. WhenAvailable

                      WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                      Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                      Available on Web

                      10. Rally

                        Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                        Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                        Available on Web

                        11. NeedtoMeet

                          Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                          NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                          While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                          Available on Web

                          Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                          In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                          To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                          Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                          A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                          Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                          If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                          Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                          With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                          The Bottom Line

                          Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                          Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                          Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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