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14 Apps You Need to Work On the Road

14 Apps You Need to Work On the Road

As if running a business wasn’t hard enough, some of us must do it while traveling. Some others are “digital nomads” by choice. Whatever the reason, not being at your desk isn’t an excuse not to be productive. In fact, you can work on the road right from your smartphone with the right apps.

Below are the 14 apps you can use to be productive from anywhere in the world.

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1. Wi-Fi Finder: Wi-Fi Finder does exactly what you think. It finds Wi-Fi hotspots anywhere in the world. Filter the results by free/paid, provider, and venue type to find the perfect work spot.

    2. Skype: If you’re traveling out of the country, Skype is indispensable. Using Skype is a great way to stay in touch with your colleagues and business contacts for pennies per minute regardless of where you are.

      3. Gmail: You do use Gmail as your email client, right? Gmail is still the best tool for managing your email workflow. Despite some early criticism, the Gmail app for iOS is actually quite good.

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        Bring Your Files with You

        4. Dropbox: The Dropbox app is the best way to bring your files with you. Everything is synced automatically so when you open it, you magically have all of the files from your desktop Dropbox folder available. This app is a great way to share docs and presentations when traveling to meetings.

          5. Google Drive: Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) is the other half of the file storage equation. While Dropbox is great for storing files from ppt to doc to jpg, Google Drive is for storing collaborative files in the cloud. If you’ll be working with someone else on the file, create it in Google Drive. You’ll still have access to the files from your phone plus you can edit them from the app.

            Stay on Top of Your To-Do List

            6. Trello: Trello is one of my favorite desktop apps. Now you can use this excellent (and free) task management app from your phone. Trello lets you visually organize your projects and tasks. It’s flexible enough that you can build your workflow however you want. Categorize everything by status, project, type of task… you name it.

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              7. Clear: While Trello is great at managing large projects and workflow, sometimes you need a quick to-do list just for today’s tasks. Clear is the simple and beautiful answer. Just pull your list down to add a new item then swipe it away when you’re done.

                8. Evernote: Across every platform, Evernote is indispensable. Evernote helps you “remember” anything by clipping it into a virtual notebook. Need to jot down a reminder for later or snap a picture of a new contact’s business card? Evernote easily handles either case.

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                  9. Twitter: With Twitter cracking down on third-party developers, you’re better off sticking with their official app. The Twitter app even lets you manage multiple accounts, which is great for business owners who also have a personal account.

                    10. Facebook Pages Manager: Facebook has been creating more specialized apps like Messenger and Camera. Now they’ve created one for Page owners called Facebook Page Manager. Use it to update your status and replies to comments right from your phone.

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                      11. Google+: Somebody uses it, right? Maybe that somebody is you.

                        12. LinkedIn: The LinkedIn app is a no-brainer for any business-minded traveler. Rather than collecting a business card that you’ll lose or throw away, just add your new contact on LinkedIn right when you meet.

                          Get Your Favorite Web Apps on Your Phone

                          Here are two more great apps that you might be able to use. If you use either web app, you’ll definitely want to download the smartphone app.

                          13. Freshbooks: Freshbooks is a great service for consultants, freelancers, and independent contractors. Use it to track your time, manage expenses, and invoice clients.

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                            14. Shopify: If you own an e-commerce store, Shopify is an excellent platform. If you own a Shopify store, download their app to monitor and manage your sales on the go.

                              Do you have anything to add? What are your favorite apps for working from the road?

                              Featured photo credit:  Work on the road, Driving a car at night via Shutterstock

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                              8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                              8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                              Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

                              1. Zoho Notebook
                                If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
                              2. Evernote
                                The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
                              3. Net Notes
                                If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
                              4. i-Lighter
                                You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
                              5. Clipmarks
                                For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
                              6. UberNote
                                If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
                              7. iLeonardo
                                iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
                              8. Zotero
                                Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

                              I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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                              In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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