Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Chris Marling who writes on behalf of www.broadbandgenie.co.uk, a site that compares the latest and cheapest iPad deals available.
For small businesses, time is very often money. Your staff will be multitasking a lot of the time; working on the move may well be an essential part of everyday life, while projects and important details can be changing all the time. No, you don’t have a secretary, accountant on call 24/7, or an IT department; but what you do have is a smartphone. And with apps taking over the planet quicker than we can count them, it’s hard to keep on top of the most useful ones. Here are a few of our favourites.
This free app is a god send if you’re the type of person who has more ideas and sudden thoughts than you do biros and notebooks. Type notes, store documents, record audio and take photos – and then access them anywhere (most computers, tablets and smartphones are supported). It works really well as an organiser, with the smartphone app being simple to use and easy to organise.
On top of that, once back on a big screen, you can use it to organise complex projects as well as planning business trips and the like. It’s one of those little programs that, once up and running, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
As progressive computer users continue to get their information off of their own servers and into the cloud, the likes of Google Drive (and Drop Box, SkyDrive etc) are becoming essential for running a small business efficiently. Cloud storage is all the rage, as it lets you access all your documents from any of your devices.
Google Drive is proving popular, largely thanks to the combination of hugely successful brand with hugely successful email product (Gmail); Google Mail’s previous ‘google docs’ feature is being changed to Google Drive, letting you share folder access with your colleagues rather than going through lots of individual files. The Google Drive app is available for both Android and Apple, while you can easily access your Google Drive docs via a BlackBerry.
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