Operating a business is not exactly an easy thing to do, especially in Singapore. With labor crunches and what not, it is becoming extremely difficult for businesses to focus on their primary goals, while also managing their daily administrative duties.
This is where businesses can learn to leverage technology. Technology offers a ton of benefits. This includes allowing remote access to work, better backup facilities, and efficient management. Gone are the days when one had to worry about losing files on the computer after a crash or committing common errors.
Today, the smartest thing you can do for your business is to adopt mobile app usage. There is an app for everything these days and most of your work can be automated, thanks to these smart apps.
So, if you are wondering what apps are great for your business, here are a few options you can take a look at.
The Evernote app offers a wide range of features including recording audio, text, reminders, notes, and even pictures. These recordings can immediately be uploaded to the cloud for later access. Also, uploading onto the cloud makes it easier for people to access it from any location as long as they have an internet connection. Evernote also lets users collaborate by allowing file sharing.
The app can be used offline as well, and as soon as you connect to the internet, it uploads all your recorded files. It is a great app if you are on the lookout for something that will help you stay organized.
If your business relies on Gmail, then there are several Google apps that can enhance your experience and simplify your tasks. For example, Google Drive. It can be used to share files such as spreadsheets and presentations within the organization.
The Google apps are not exactly free. However, they cost very little when considering the actual value that they deliver.
Trello is an app that is focused on projects. It eliminates the need to rely on spreadsheets, sticky notes, and email chains. Collaboration and project tracking is extremely easy with Trello. Apart from these benefits, Trello also allows integration with other apps such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box.
Trello also allows users to keep a track of their work using checklists and notifications. In fact, you can create checklists and notifications for other people and use these tools to manage them.
Trello is the ultimate app if productivity is what you are looking for.
Filling and submitting forms is a common occurrence when it comes to administrative tasks. That is where CamScanner comes in handy. This photo-scanning app lets you scan and save documents for later access. Also, the app is free of cost and uses the phone camera to carry out the scanning. The ‘camscanned’ version actually ends up looking very much like an official scan.
What is even better is that you can mail or share the scanned document as a JPEG or PDF file directly via the app.
As a business, you are bound to encounter travel related tasks once in a while. However, travel arrangements have always been an administrative challenge. Thanks to Tripit, you will never have to worry about your organization’s future travel requirements.
The app lets you store your itinerary and access it from any geographical location. You also get constant updates on weather, along with destination maps.
Tripit is a paid app. However, it does have free features such as tips for saving plans, editing plans, and syncing plans with the calendar.
In the paid version, you can even collect details regarding your frequent flier miles and share them with your loved ones.
HipChat functions as a communication platform and it can be quite useful for the people working in your business. There is a free version that allows you to create chat rooms based on function. For instance, you can create specific chat rooms for the sales department and the marketing department.
The app is quite easy to use, and for a $2 monthly subscription, you can enjoy benefits such as screen sharing and video chatting.
This interesting app lets you monitor the hours you spend on a particular project or task. It delivers weekly/monthly reports showing you the exact number of hours and minutes spent. This can help you prioritize your tasks based on importance and dedicate lesser time for the trivial stuff. The paid version eliminates ads and provides you with better-detailed reports.
This article is contributed by Mark, a content marketing expert and loves to find out content placement opportunities in his free time. He works with 6S Digital Marketing Solutions, a digital marketing company offers end-to-end digital marketing services.