Every entrepreneur out there is constantly juggling with getting the balance between his work time and his personal time right. This is especially more challenging when it comes to a smartphone. With the invention of smartphones and wearable devices, more and more people are expecting their colleagues, clients, and everyone else in the business chain to respond to their requests and messages almost instantaneously.
The entrepreneur commutes to work while browsing his smartphone, reading work emails or even amending a work document – at the same time he has to deal with his personal relationships on the very same smartphone. That is a lot to organize and take in on a small device – so how do most businessmen do it? Why, that’s the beauty of the great apps on our smartphones. Read on to find out the 7 best apps that every entrepreneur should use to keep his life on the right track.
1) Google Apps – Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google everything
The Google App suite is everything but few – and we’re still going to count it as one for this list. Pre-installed on most Android phones, the selection of productivity-based Google apps can truly keep all kinds of files organized for the entrepreneur. Starting with Google Drive and its excellent cloud storage capabilities and features, all the way down to Google Docs – your files and documents are stored safely (with an optional 4-digit pin) and easily accessible over the cloud. The Google apps are available free for download on both Android and iOS.
2) Microsoft Office
The ever reliable and standard go-to for document editing and spreadsheet navigating is now finally here on our smartphones. Microsoft Office on Android and iOS is an alternative to Google’s already excellent suite of productivity apps, and brings to mobile everyone’s favourite word processor. If the entrepreneur prefers the familiarity of Microsoft Words or Microsoft PowerPoint, they can have it right on their smartphone.
Evernote is one of the most popular note-taking app out there. Using Evernote is like having a digital diary in the very convenient package of a smartphone. The entrepreneur can benefit greatly from Evernote’s rich features of taking down notes, either written or spoken. Evernote also allows the user to clip photos and webpages to the notebooks in Evernote for easy referencing. One of the most powerful features of Evernote is its cross-platform and cloud-based storage; making a note on one smartphone will make it accessible on other devices with Evernote signed in.
A entrepreneur is constantly out and about in the line of work, meeting clients and attending conferences all over the place. Owning a car is a great asset that can get an entrepreneur to many places at a whim, but in a modern world that’s packed full of cars and expensive parking, it isn’t so appealing. That’s where having the Uber app in the entrepreneur’s smartphone comes handy. Uber’s ride sharing services offer a convenient and affordable way to get transportation to wherever the entrepreneur needs to go – no more the hassles of looking for parking.
LinkedIn is often called the Facebook for businessmen and businesswomen, and that is true. Businessmen can keep their professional details up to date on LinkedIn and stay connected to their professional colleagues. This can keep communication lines between professionals open and also allow others to look up the credentials of the entrepreneur should the needs arise.
Slack is a communication platform that is designed for teams in a professional and work environment. With a name that speaks the opposite of the functionality of the app, Slack acts as a single communication platform that allows colleagues and teammates to communicate with one another in a secured environment that is separate from personal communication apps.
7) Google Chrome for Android & Safari for iOS
No matter for productivity or entertainment, for the entrepreneur or for the student, there is nothing that comes as close to having the right Internet browser on your smartphone or tablet. Google’s very own Chrome browser comes pre-installed with every Android smartphone and tablet, and Apple’s Safari browser is also the same for every iPhone and iPad. Both browsers are rich in features that make web browsing intuitive and also feature data sharing with their computer versions, allowing the entrepreneur to pick up from his smartphone and continue on his computer.
It doesn’t matter if you’re running a startup or is the head of a department in a large company, a good set of functional applications in your smartphone can go a long way when it comes to keeping your work life organized.
This post was written by Lord Tan from iPrice Group.