For those that don’t travel much for business – lucky you. But, travel is frequent this time of year with the holidays, year-end meetings, etc. Regardless of your role at your business, it’s important your productivity and output stay consistent when traveling and out of the office (unless you are taking a vacation, of course). It’s also important your team stay productive while you’re away.
Assuming that everyone is on their mobile device, we took a look at apps – the most raved about ones, and even some of our personal favorites – that help keep professionals focused on the job when it’s easy to procrastinate deliverables and priorities.
Do you recommend any others?
Messaging – Slack is a real-time messaging and archiving for teams, this messaging app is used by businesses around the world. It’s aim is to make business messaging more enjoyable – enabling teams to use specific channels depending on department or topic. It’s even more enjoyable when you can throw in the occasional emoji or gif. If you need free calls, especially if you are traveling internationally, Skype is still one of the best options out there.
Mobile storage – Box or Dropbox are both great options for cloud storage and online backup. It really depends on your personal preference for UX and storage needs. A personal account with Box is free and offers 10GB of storage, while a team of 3-10 can get 100GB of storage for $5/user/month. Dropbox basic plans are free and offer 2GB of storage. A pro account is $10 a month with 1,000GB of extra storage, and a business account gets you unlimited storage for $15/user/month. This service is especially important if you are sending files that are too big for email. If you want the ability to view and edit documents on the go without having to share them back and forth with your team, then Google Drive is the way to go as you can edit from the app itself and keep track of your teammates changes as well.
To-Do lists – Evernote is a great tool to take notes, jot down to-do lists, record voice reminders, and save any ideas you have as well as URLs to websites you visit. Trello is a great way to visualize and manage your tasks & projects. It aims to help with the big picture details, as well as the minute details. And, it’s free. Clear and Todoist are simple and valuable tools for checking tasks off your list.
Social management – If you want to keep an eye on your social properties while you’re on the road, or even post or schedule updates for those properties, social management tools like Hootsuite and Buffer are good options. You can download each social app, like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, but this makes it easier to post the same message to all properties at once. Both companies offer free accounts and upgrading allots you more accounts and analytics to recap the performance of your channels.
Expense tracking – If you are spending a lot of money on the road, all on the business, you can now more simply and effectively track those costs so you don’t have to guess or find lost receipts once you’re back at home base. Expensify and TrailWallet both offer free options.
So if you’re having trouble staying focused on the road, try out these apps and let us know if they help. Are we missing any that should be included?