July 10, 2013
Practically everything being created this very moment is geared toward making the life of man easier. Technological advancement has allowed people to do their daily tasks in a shorter amount of time, with less effort. Just thinking about how taxing it was to get information or send a message to several parties a century or two ago is enough get you smiling and thankful you were born into this day and age.
If you’re a businessman, multi-tasking is essential. Chances are, you’re taking notes while making transactions; then, with barely enough time, you have to make a quick presentation for a meeting that afternoon. For obvious reasons, carrying a bulky laptop that takes some time to fire up is a hassle. This is why a Smartphone is so convenient. Apart from your typical call, text, and e-mail, it truly becomes a business phone with some services available.
Technology has completely changed the way the game works. It’s amazing what a Smartphone can do, and how much power it has. Sadly, that kind of technology has a price tag. Lucky for us, a few amazing people decided that convenience could be and should be accessible to everybody. Here are a few time- and energy-saving free apps that businessmen have grown to love:
This awesome app processes customer payments on-the-go, and accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Although not completely free, the app itself has no charge, there are no monthly fees and merchant contracts, and you only pay when you process with only 2.75 percent per swiped transaction. It allows you to add discounts, tips, and tax and records all cash payments; it is also capable of texting and e-mailing the receipts. What’s even more awesome is that funds are deposited within one to two business days.
This is an app that can turn your Smartphone into your own personal assistant. This free notes app has a reminder feature that will send you alerts depending on your set time frame. You can even send notes to yourself through SMS or e-mail, or stick the notes on your home screen for easy reference. You can, quite literally, set it to nag you with your to-do list until you’ve accomplished your tasks for the day.
As a businessperson, you know the importance of having a business card and having to track all of the cards of your clients and suppliers. What if I tell you there is no more need for hundreds of business cards bulking up your wallet? More so, what if I tell you there is no more need for the slightly awkward but completely proper way of exchanging business cards? You’re definitely going to love this one. Bump allows you a nifty way to exchange contact information, including photos, by literally bumping two phones together. It’s a really fun way to swap digits and the best part is that it works both with Android and iPhones.
Employed or not, everyone agrees that Office software is essential to our daily lives. This is how embedded it is in our lives: All your homework, memos, contracts and whatnot are done through Word Processing software. All accounting, statistics, and other forms of tallying are done through a spreadsheet, and probably most (if not all) of your presentations require PowerPoint (or equivalent). Unfortunately, for a lot of us who are MS Office users, the MS Office app comes with a subscription price to get all the features. Thankfully, Kingsoft Office for mobile allows you to fully experience the extent of creating, viewing, editing, saving, and sharing your office files on-the-go, absolutely free. It’s compatible with .doc, .docx, .txt, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, and .pdf.
For the businessman who frequents the airlines, FlightTrack (as the name suggests) allows you to track flights with maps, with real-time status for gates, delays, and cancellations. It covers 1,400 airlines and 16,000 airports worldwide, and (according to reviews) this app is great for tracking your loved ones in their international flights. One fun feature in the app, once the flight is in the air, shows the plane moving over the map and gives you an ETA of the flight. No need to bother your assistant from his or her other duties. With flying anyway, this time you can say “I got this.”
These are only a few of the thousands of free business apps out there. It’s about time you explore the endless ways of making work easier — so download an app, or five.
Henry Conrad is a 29-year-old game developer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Aside from gaming and being a tech junky, he also dabbles in creative writing, which allows him to create great storylines and backgrounds for his characters. Follow him on ‘Twitter ’and join me in Google +