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11 Apps To Manage Your Business On The Go

11 Apps To Manage Your Business On The Go

Whether you are lounging on the beach, preparing in a hotel, or riding in an Uber, today’s entrepreneurs can work from anywhere in the world.

That’s why it’s essential that we are equipped with the right apps, so that we can monitor and run our business no matter where life may take us.

Here are 11 of our favorite apps to manage your business on the go.

#1: KPI Alerts

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    A must-have tool to monitor the metrics that matter to your businesses as the app delivers the KPIs, trends and alerts that you depend on the most regardless of your location. KPI Alerts sends your business reports filled with context so you can manage your risk by taking action on little issues before they become big problems and increases your revenue by catching opportunities before they slip away.

    #2: Slack

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      Improves how teams communicate through real time messaging, file sharing, one-to-one conversations and group chats. Your messages and files from different storage platforms such as Dropbox, Asana, Google Docs,Trello, GitHub and Twitter are also integrated in Slack and can be accessed and searched using mobile devices whether in iOS or Android.

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      #3: Square

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        Square Register keeps track of your sales and inventory with its features that allow you to record different forms of tender; apply discounts and issue refunds; access real-time sales data, complete sales history and get business insights from Square Analytics, all from your phone.

        With a Square Reader or Square Stand, you can even swipe or key in all major credit cards to process payments. It also connects to receipt printers, kitchen ticket printers, bar code scanners and cash drawers.

        #4: Shake

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          For freelancers and small businesses, Shake is a way to close your deals with the security of a legal contract but without the big lawyer fees. With its pre-installed library filled with comprehensible business templates that you need, you can use the app to create legal documents in minutes, have all needed parties sign them and send legally binding agreements on your iOS device.

          #5: PocketSuite

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            PocketSuite is a great and convenient way for entrepreneurs to manage their businesses as the app allows them to schedule client appointments, communicate with them via sms and email, send invoices, and process payments right from their phone. When setting up appointments, you won’t worry about missing an appointment or double-booking as each confirmed appointment syncs automatically to your calendar. PocketSuite offers low payment processing fees and quick turn-around time for payments to be deposited in your accounts

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            #6: UberConference

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              UberConference reinvents conference calling as it lets users schedule and set up conference calls straight from their smartphones; start the meeting seamlessly without the need for PIN code; build more rapport and relationship by gaining background on who you are meeting with through access to their LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+ profiles; and have more productive and efficient meetings by being able to control mutes and hang ups, record your sessions and share your screens.

              #7: Trello

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                This app enables you to organize things visually and share it to your team so everyone is aligned about the priorities in your projects in a single glance, eliminating the need for lengthy email threads. You would be able to establish what needs to be done, who is assigned to it and the next tasks to be prepared for by creating boards which everyone in your team can participate on. You can also add checklists, comments, photos, videos and PDFs through the use of Trello cards which can be posted in your boards.

                #8: CamCard Free

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                  CamCard reads and saves your business cards, remembering everyone you meet for business. It is the perfect fit for those who have lots of business cards or who love business social networking.

                  The app supports 16 recognition languages: Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Italian, Swedish, Russian.

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                  #9: TinyScan

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                    TinyScan turns your iPhone/iPad into a portable scanner. Scans are saved to your phone as images or PDFs.

                    Name and organize your scans into folders, or share them by email, wifi directly to your computer, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, or Box.

                    #10: Fax Burner

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                      Fax Burner turns your iPhone/iPad/iPod into a fax machine. The only app available where you can get started completely free.

                      Every time you need to receive a fax just push one button and the app will give you a toll-free fax number that you can use for up to 24 hours. Once you receive a fax, you can store the fax on your phone, and forward a copy to your email inbox.

                      You can easily sign documents, complete forms, and fax them back out without ever printing.

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                      Complete integration with Dropbox, box.net, and your inbox for inbound and outbound faxing.

                      #11: Hootsuite

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                        Hootsuite allows you to share and schedule posts from your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Foursquare accounts.

                        The app is FREE for up to 3 social network accounts.

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                        Published on September 20, 2018

                        11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                        11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                        In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                        Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                        In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                        Minimizing Tabs

                        Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                        Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                        Incognito Mode

                        Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                        1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                        2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                        3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                        This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                        Save Webpages as PDF Files

                        Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                        Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                        Open Recently-closed Tabs

                        Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                        One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                        The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                        Solve Mathematical Problems

                        Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                        For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                        Play Media Files

                        Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                        In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                        Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                        With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                        Stay Focus(e)d

                        Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                        Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                        With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                        This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                        Grammarly for Editing

                        Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                        You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                        Loom

                        There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                        There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                        With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                        Chrome Calendar Extension

                        No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                        Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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