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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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                        Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                        Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                        Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                        Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                        So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                        Joe’s Goals

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                          Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                          Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                          Daytum

                            Daytum

                            is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                            Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                            Excel or Numbers

                              If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                              What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                              Evernote

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                                I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                Access or Bento

                                  If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                  Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                  You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                  Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                  All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                  Conclusion

                                  I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                  What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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