The smartphone is a powerful device and is an important tool for any accountant. Here are 5 essential smartphone business apps to help increase your productivity and your bottom line, all of which are either free or offer free trials.
Microsoft’s OneDrive is an online storage tool that will allow you to save and backup files in the cloud. It makes it easy to work with your files anywhere you are, with an intuitive and user-friendly interface. Photos and images can be backed up directly from the camera, and documents can be moved between devices with ease. Set automatic file uploading to cloud storage for security purposes. If your office uses Sharepoint, this tool will integrate with it. OneDrive is a vital tool for any businessperson on the go.
This app integrates flawlessly with Citrix’s GoToMeeting teleconferencing service, so you can attend virtual meetings while away from your computer. Share screens with meeting attendees and use your camera to provide your own visuals. The app allows you to begin a meeting on your phone and then hand it off to your computer and vice-versa, perfect for when you are moving around. Access your cloud storage for documents to present. The app is free to use to attend meetings, however, a GoToMeeting subscription is required to host.
At AccSys, we use Citrix’s GoToAssist to manage our online support, and we love it.
3. Microsoft Remote Desktop
If you use a PC and need access to your computer from your smartphone, this app is the answer. The simple interface harnesses Microsoft’s RemoteFX to easily connect to your computer. Read, modify or move documents and files, run programs and download or stream music and video, all in a secure environment. The app also makes it possible to connect to external monitors to conduct visual presentations directly from your phone.
4. Phone.com Mobile
Phone.com Mobile is a powerful communications tool that lets you seamlessly field phone calls and SMS messages with the same phone number. Your office phone will always be with you, allowing you to conduct business from your business phone number while not having to give out your personal number to contacts. You can also send and receive faxes from your smartphone, and block telemarketing or unwanted phone calls. The app provides separate voicemail inboxes, so business messages will never be mixed with personal ones.
Evernote is a popular tool for recording and syncing information across multiple devices. Stay organized, discuss, and collaborate with others with an intuitive and simplified interface. Business cards can be scanned and immediately added to contacts. Track expenses and organize notes while seamlessly sharing the information with others. As well, notes can be dictated or input manually, and all can be organized into tasks and categories. Evernote is an incredibly powerful productivity tool that will make you wonder how you lived without it.
Managing a business is a time-consuming affair, and these apps are essential productivity tools. All are available for download free from the iTunes store and will help push your productivity to the next level.
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