I’m looking forward to traveling to Edmonton, Canada, later this week to attend the CAPS 2016 Convention (I’m in denial about what the temperature might be, so please don’t tease me). And thanks to three of my favorite business apps, I won’t need to worry about being disconnected from my business, because I’ve systematized things so all of my documents (not just the important ones) are accessible to me online.
All I need is my phone, really, and I have everything I will ever need, right at my fingertips.
I thought I’d share these three business apps with you so you might be able to reduce stress and make things a whole lot easier on yourself to conduct business when you’re traveling to another country, another state, or even just to the local coffee shop.
3 Must-Have Business Apps for the Busy Road Warrior!
Now, to be perfectly clear, I prefer not to conduct business on my phone (It’s not that easy for me to type on the darn thing, even though it’s an iPhone 6+ with a pretty large screen); but the point is, I know I could if something disastrous happened to my computer or a client needed something urgently while I was out running errands. Sure, it happens, but I’m prepared!
So, what are my most-used business apps? (Yes, they’re my most used business apps overall, not just while traveling)
Skype. I use Skype just about every day on a regular basis to begin with. However, I also use it a great deal when I’m out of the country. It’s how I communicate with my husband, my kids, my team, and my clients while traveling. I have Skype on my computer and on my phone. I use it ALL the time, but it’s a real lifesaver when I’m in Canada because I can use WIFI and avoid all of those hefty roaming charges.Avoid roaming charges while traveling out of country with Skype!Click To Tweet
Evernote. I use Evernote for just about everything. And when I say “everything,” I mean everything. I’m talking personal information, business information, medical information, prescriptions, recipes, client agreements, blog posts and articles, you name it. It’s all in Evernote! Evernote’s tagging system allows unlimited use of tags, so I can do a quick search and find whatever I need no matter where it is. It allows me to share notes and notebooks with team members, and everything is automatically backed up to my online account. So, if I am writing a list on my laptop … my grocery list for example, I can access it on my phone when I’m at the store. I use an app called IFTTT (If This Then That!) to send all of my blog posts to Evernote. I even have an IFTTT recipe that will keep a running diary of all of my Facebook posts (text only – no images) to Evernote. Then, when someone calls me out on something I said on Facebook, I have proof one way or the other!
Dropbox. I no longer use the My Documents folder on my computer for storing files. I save EVERYTHING to my Dropbox. I have folders set up, just like they were in the My Documents folder. I go ahead and have the documents sync to a special Dropbox folder on my laptop so they are in more than one place, but have chosen not to sync them to my desktop computer. This way, the files are not taking up any hard drive space on my desktop – yet still accessible. I love how everything in Dropbox is accessible to me wherever I am (phone, tablet, laptop, desktop) as long as I have a WIFI connection. Bonus? All of my files are automatically backed up should anything happen to my computer.
To make a long story short, with these three business apps I can easily conduct business and stay in contact with everyone even while traveling out of the country, as long as the Internet gods cooperate. (You hear that, Canada?)
What are your favorite go-to business apps when traveling or doing business in general?
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