Tech is just plain costly, and whether you’re upgrading your computer or changing your mobile phone, the cost of running a business is something you will involuntarily worry about. One way around this is to make the most of the tech you already have, or to be specific, the tech that everyone has. In other words, the vast majority of people now use smartphones, so why don’t we make the most of our business by making the most of the apps we use? Here are a few to think about.
Productivity can always improve, so by making the most of apps that will cut your email typing and report-writing down to a few minutes on your phone when it would take 30 minutes to type, you’re going to see massive results in everyone’s working habits. Dragon Dictation is a speech-to-text program that learns the more you use it. We speak at roughly 110 to 150 words per minute, and if you type at 50 words per minute you’ve more than doubled your productivity!
Keeping your eye on the market is essential so any trading apps such as this will be a real boost to your knowledge. This app also has a voice search function making it very convenient while you’re on the move. You can also get quotes and news from trusted sources like Briefing.com or MorningStar.
Cost will be a massive focus in your day to day dealings, and if you’re a new business and not used to running expense reports, this app condenses the whole process and turns it into a handy filing cabinet for your cost records. Even if you’re financially barren and you need a phone contract for bad credit for one of your employees, you can take a picture of the receipts and sync it to your account. The convenience of this app when you’re trying to keep tabs of your expenses can’t be underestimated when you need to find something quickly!
Yes, it really is handy to have Skype on your phone if you don’t already. If your business is booming and you need to set up a conference call when you’re in the middle of Canada, and a client who will only speak to you is in China, then you need to have Skype ready. And the amount of money you will save on overseas calls that would normally cost a bomb in terms of a telephone call, you can just connect to the hotel Wi-Fi, and you’re good to go!
For businesses where collaboration is an integral part of the brainstorming process, this app provides a sort of “blank canvas” to start from for everyone to work on ideas. And, as well as remote functions, there is a feature that shows how the “mind map” was created, and so you can see who contributed what. A great way to give credit where credit is due if you’re trying to track the thought processes for each of your team on a given idea.