What business apps can't you live without?

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I have a iPhone full of apps, and I am keen to get more productive while I am out and about having client meetings and not at my desk.

I have Xero (accounting), Insightly (CRM), Twitter, Skype, Pages, access to my personal Cloud server plus a ton of other apps, which apps can't you live without?

Hit me with some of your best time saving and productivity enhancing pearls of app wisdom.
#apps #business #live
  • Profile picture of the author AceOfShirts
    They may be really simple apps, but I seem to use Google Keep and a voice recorder the most. I seem to have great ideas (to me anyway) when I'm in a position that I can't right anything down. A quick note in Keep or a voice recording lets me save the idea for later.
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  • Profile picture of the author aizaku
    voice recorder and smart phone screen capture app..

    thats about it.
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    • Profile picture of the author gingerninjas
      Why do you use a screen capture app? I'm curious..
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      • Profile picture of the author ElventoLabs
        Sometimes it is important to take pictures of emails,reciepts,bills,sms as a proof.
        Cam scanner is another useful app to scan documents on the spot.
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  • Profile picture of the author kilgore
    For business, the only mobile apps I really use much are Gmail, various web browsers, NewRelic and the AWS Console.

    That said, if you're trying to increase your productivity, you might actually do better by taking a break and putting your phone down instead of installing more and more apps so you can work more and more.

    As one author wrote in the article, If You’re Always Working, You’re Never Working Well, in the Harvard Business Review:
    In the age of the smartphone, there’s no such thing as “downtime,” and we profess to be happier — and more productive — for it.

    Are we, though? After reviewing thousands of books, articles and papers on the topic and interviewing dozens of experts in fields from neurobiology and psychology to education and literature, I don’t think so. When we accept this new and permanent ambient workload — checking business news in bed or responding to coworkers’ emails during breakfast — we may believe that we are dedicated, tireless workers. But, actually, we’re mostly just getting the small, easy things done. Being busy does not equate to being effective.
    I can also say from my own personal perspective, that my most creative time is when I'm away from electronic distractions, when it's just me and my team brainstorming around a table -- or even just me by myself taking a walk in the woods.

    Just something to consider before you install that next app you can't live without
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    • Profile picture of the author gingerninjas
      Originally Posted by kilgore View Post

      For business, the only mobile apps I really use much are Gmail, various web browsers, NewRelic and the AWS Console.

      That said, if you're trying to increase your productivity, you might actually do better by taking a break and putting your phone down instead of installing more and more apps so you can work more and more.

      As one author wrote in the article, If You’re Always Working, You’re Never Working Well, in the Harvard Business Review:


      I can also say from my own personal perspective, that my most creative time is when I'm away from electronic distractions, when it's just me and my team brainstorming around a table -- or even just me by myself taking a walk in the woods.

      Just something to consider before you install that next app you can't live without
      Good point

      I agree - I just signed up for the gym so I could have a 1 hour tech-free zone each week day so that I remove myself from the laptop and keep healthy.
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  • Profile picture of the author animal44
    I don't have a smartphone, just one that makes and receives calls... Just what it was designed for... :-)

    I also use the voice recorder function on it, about the only "App" that I find useful...
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  • Profile picture of the author Oziboomer
    Originally Posted by gingerninjas View Post

    Hit me with some of your best time saving and productivity enhancing pearls of app wisdom.
    Not too many really...otherwise they are not time saving but time consuming.

    WeChat - for my Chinese voice and video communications.

    My clock to set the alarm and time the eggs

    CamScanner for document scanning.

    CamCard for scanning business cards.

    Filmic Pro for video recording

    Trello for projects.

    Setmore for scheduling.

    That's about it.

    Best regards,

    Ozi
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  • Profile picture of the author wordsandthebees
    I do tend to take my laptop to my client meetings which means that I don't have to clog my personal phone up with business stuff so my phone is pretty clear in that respect.

    That being said, my iPhone notes app never far from my fingertips and I'll spend some time towards the end of the day collaborating all my random thoughts and ideas into a workable format as that does get used a lot when I'm out and about.

    I also use Any.do which is a 'to-do' list organisational app and it allows you to sort your tasks out into priority levels which helps to keep you on track for the day.

    With so many tasks popping up each day, I like to have this reminder close to me wherever I am to make sure that I don't miss anything.

    Apart from that, my apps are purely for personal use.
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  • Profile picture of the author aditit
    Evernote, Facebook, Trello, Pokemon Go, Medium and QuickBooks
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  • Profile picture of the author onehalf
    Gmail, Facebook, Pinterest and Evernote.
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  • Profile picture of the author StevenDelong
    Evernote and Lastpass religiously for business and personal and I am happy for pay for the services.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dsal22
    Evernote, Facebook(Live), Commbank,Trello, Teleprompter, ABC iView & SBS On Demand, Remote

    Then there's those that I don't use often but are mission critical when I do: Filmic Pro, MotionX-GPS, camera, Quadro... actually, I think apps are cool!
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  • Profile picture of the author DocMate
    As a business person, I can't miss to use these apps in daily routine, DocMate, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, whatsapp, upwork
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    • Profile picture of the author davismiller097
      Originally Posted by DocMate View Post

      As a business person, I can't miss to use these apps in daily routine, DocMate, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, whatsapp, upwork
      I agree.These are the best apps.They're clear and can be taylored to any business..
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  • Profile picture of the author MidelSunRise
    I often use Cisco WebEx Meetings . I found it on freepps . It's a very useful tool. It allows me to schedule and manage meetings, make records and also zooming and scanning. And of course Gmail and Concur (for business travel).
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  • Profile picture of the author Froggys
    Gmail,voice recorder,that's pretty much it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mary John
    Business Apps: 20 You Really Can’t Live Without:
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    1. Dropbox
    2. Roomr
    3. Evernote
    4. Google Docs
    5. Google Drive
    6. Audio Memos
    7. Brewster
    8. Todoist
    9. Weave
    10. LinkedIn
    11. Buffer
    12. Skype
    13. Yammer
    14. Google Hangouts
    15. TripIt
    16. Uber
    17. Square
    18. Expensify
    19. Feedly
    20. Bloomberg
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  • Profile picture of the author james flynn
    For commuting , I can't live without uber because it has saved me from a lot of hassle when I don't have a car available. For business management, I rely purely on Gmail,watsapp,and skype.

    Cheers-James
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  • Profile picture of the author Catherine Bueno
    Hi there,

    Apps such as Facebook and Twitter are something I can never live without! Skype, Google Mail and Drive are also some which are very important for my work and business.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Pearl
    Skype and Evernote is always special to me. It helps me a lot about my productive!
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  • Profile picture of the author cd banzkz
    Slack! I keep in touch with my team through this app and I am not happy switching between different apps to see a note or proposal. This is the app where they can send me a message, an image that immediately appears, a document, therefore, I don't have to go to many places to be up to date with the things that they are working on.
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  • Profile picture of the author Morganlp
    This isn't really a business app but I communicate with my market through the Facebook messenger so this is something I can't do without. I think that it's always best to market in facebook. Friends and family are already there and one click away.
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  • Profile picture of the author thi angdiar
    I can't live without googlekeep. Compared to other apps I've tried, like todoist for example, I don't have to upgrade to collaborate with colleagues. This is the feature that I really love. Plus, it is very easy to use and simple. You can also put images inside your notes and I like how it looks like a bunch of post-its on the tablet.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Rosa
    Stripe, CLickFunnels, Asana, Google Docs, Camtasia, My Phone Camera, Beer
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  • Profile picture of the author AngelaErin
    Whats app and face book messenger app....
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  • Profile picture of the author BrittanyViki
    let's not say "can't live without", but "most essential to me".

    1. Music
    2. Messages
    3. Camera

      If I could extend the list
    1. Mail
    2. Calendar
    3. Google Maps
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  • Profile picture of the author ChristeenH
    Of course
    Gmail
    Google calendar (love the pop on my laptop)
    Skype for video chat (now has translation option even during the call, so if you don't speak same language veery handy!!)
    Messenger sometimes
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