5 Cost-Effective Apps for Managing Your Business on the Go

If your life is anything like mine, it is the rare occasion when you seem to have a moment to sit still or feel like you can catch your breath. Between the breakfast meetings, lunch meetings, client meetings, business trips and questions from the office and customers alike, things never seem to stop moving. These days it almost feels like we are working 12-16 hours a day, and that’s on a good day. 🙂

As a small business owner, myself, I have to stay on my toes in order to ensure the growth of my business. Without a doubt, I know you share many, if not all, of these same joys and pressures, so here a few apps for managing your business on the go. I have tried a number of apps, and I certainly have my favorites, and since we all have different needs, I won’t bias you with my favorites. I’ll just continue to point out a few of the best apps for you to choose from as the weeks and months go by.

As you probably already know, smartphones are a must. They have become the key currency of doing business in today’s fast-paced environment. Smartphones allow you to remain connected with your business regardless of where you are. So how can you manage your business while on the go?

Here are 5 of the best apps that you can use to keep an eye on the major facets of your company and keep you organized.

1. Expensify
Expensify is a free app that allows you to sync all of your credit card transactions with the receipts that are scanned by your smartphone’s camera. If you are driving, it will also keep track of your mileage and will generate a summary report that can be synced with QuickBooks.

The app is free for use by individuals; however, in order to sync it across all the employees of your company, a charge of $5 will apply for every person submitting expenses each month.

2.     Box.net
Imagine receiving a crucial report or a presentation from your client or someone on your staff while you are on the road. How would you review it?

Box.net is the solution for such a situation. It can easily render documents including PDF as well as media. It also allows for document collaboration; enabling you to edit and monitor any changes that the original owners may have carried out.

3.     TripIt
Meetings, meeting and meetings! How would you organize your logistics if you have a number of meetings spaced out all over the country?

You can do that easily using TripIt. This nifty little app can store all the information related to your flights, hotel and rental car. It will also feed you departure and arrival information, as well as the direction and distance between the airport and the place where your meetings are to take place. All you have to do is just forward the confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com and your app will be updated automatically in just a few minutes afterward it is received. The cost of TripIt is just $.99 for the ads free version.

4.     Evernote
Inspiration can come anywhere even when you are making your way through the airport security line. The last thing you want would is to forget the brilliant idea that just might solve all your problems. Evernote is an app that can be used to store such information. You can take notes by typing, capture photos using your camera or simply copy a note from any website. All of this information is stored on the cloud, enabling you to access it from any computer at any time.

5.     Basecamp
Basecamp is a wonderful project management app that allows you to post new tasks, mark them complete as well note new milestones using your smartphone. It allows easy collaboration with your teammates so that the whole team is aware of the project’s progress. The Basecamp app requires an internet connection to work.

These are just of few of the tools that can help you stay ahead of the game. Check out our previous post, Best Smart Business Apps of 2013.

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