Managing a business is a colossal endeavor. Business owners need to find ways to reach audiences, lead employees to reach goals, attend endless meetings with potential prospects and partners, and all the while remain as productive and effective as possible. Yet we live in the glorious age of technology, and for whatever challenges you, there’s an app for that.
Business management applications are plentiful. These are fabulous tools that business owners can rely on to help make most jobs much simpler, and profits much higher.
As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back and recognize the best business-based applications of 2015 so you can begin to prep for the year ahead, by getting ahead.
Most business owners are constantly battling to keep up with a barrage of e-mails on a day-today basis. When you’re on a mobile device, this process goes a lot slower than most would prefer due to size limitations of the keyboard. Nintype seeks to solve that issue through a unique combination of swipes and double taps that allows users to type more than one hundred words per minute.
This keyboard application features an ultra-fast two-handed sliding keyword interface that creates words using slides and taps, however, normal typing is also an option. Backspace slides erase words quickly, edge slide shortcuts add punctuation in an instant, and a top bar corrects previous words and makes sending out mobile emails a breeze. Once you master Nintype, you’ll wonder how you ever did business without it.
Workflow is a creative personal automation tool that allows users to skip frivolous tasks and get on with the things that matter most. The drag-and-drop interface makes creating powerful workflows a cinch. This app works by setting certain conditions for your phone to take action once the requirements have been met. For instance, Workflow can call you an Uber vehicle before a certain calendar event, post photos to Twitter at a certain point in the day, and so much more. With more than 200 actions across Contacts, Maps, Reminders, Calendars, etc., Workflow is like a bona fide digital personal assistant.
Contact and document management is delightfully easy with Evernote Scannable. This app quickly and easily digitizes receipts, business cards, papers, contracts and just about every other type of document you can think of. When business cards are scanned, the app will automatically handle any necessary cropping and rotating as well as pull up the individual’s contact information from LinkedIn and save them to your contacts. With the added ability of sending a variety of documents via email or text and the convenience of converting and exporting files to PDF or JPG format, Evernote Scannable makes sure that you never had to dig through a mountain of documents again.
Live streaming video has become one of the hottest and most effective ways of reaching audiences in an authentic and personal way. With that, several streaming applications have recently made a huge splash in the social arena, the most prominent of which is Periscope. With the recent expansion to Android devices, Periscope is now available for business owners wielding non-Apple devices to hold live streams and really relate to their followers.
Periscope has become an amazing tool for businesses to gain awareness by airing how-to streams, live Q&A sessions, sneak peaks at new products, special offers, and more. With major brands like Red Bull and Mountain Dew getting in on the action, Periscope is poised to become the next big thing in digital social interactions.
Expensify is the business traveler’s best friend. The app, which describes itself as providing “expense reports that don’t suck,” allows travelers to scan and organize receipts with almost no effort. With the “smart” mode, Expensify will read uploaded receipts and automatically fill in fields like company name and purchase amount. The app will also systematically categorize these purchases as well.
Expensify also contains features for tracking mileage and time, giving you one less thing to manage. When everything is said and done, you will have robust and detailed expense reports at the ready. With a clean and intuitive user experience, Expensify is a must-have app for any business traveler.
Mobile technology has made operating and leading a business easier than ever before. With these apps on your team, you can manage all of your brand’s needs directly from your Smartphone device. We live in an age when you can run a business from the palm of your hand. That’s exciting stuff. Now go be productive.
What business-based applications did you use throughout 2015? What application is missing in the market that would make your life easier?