How and when you work is your business. Gone is the corner office with an assistant and
a steno pad. These days your office is in the car, in line at the grocery store, and in the
dentist’s waiting room. Smart phones and tablets have replaced desks and big monitors, putting your business in the palm of your hand.
Now, let’s cut through the app clutter. Here are top rated iOS and Android mobile apps to help you manage expenses, travel smoothly, network better, even speak Punjabi in a pinch.
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1) Expensify: Lose the paper trail
Nothing beats recording expenses real time. Not only are you making sure receipts don’t
fall through the cracks (like in between airline seats), you’re simplifying things
This free app syncs credit card transactions with receipts scanned by your phone’s
camera. While driving, it tracks mileage and generates an exportable summary report that
syncs with QuickBooks, Google Docs or other Expensify users.
2) TripIt: Packed with convenience
When it comes to organizing travel plans, this app goes the distance. TripIt consolidates
plans into an itinerary that has all of your trip details in one place.
This Webby-award winner will upload and store all your flight, hotel and rental car
information, and then generate arrival/departure information, directions and mileage
between the airport and each meeting.
Simply forward your confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, and the app automatically updates all the info a few minutes later. Not to mention it’s free. Upgrade to Tripit Pro and get even more great features like real-time
flight alerts and notifications.
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3) Contactually: Taking the work out of networking
Think of it as your digital handshake. Contactually is a CRM you'll actually want to use,
and the perfect way to make sure you stay in touch with the most important people in
your network. By automatically aggregating key information from across different email
accounts, social networks, and more, Contactually is able to do far more than a typical
CRM — like identify who you should contact next, and even help you figure out what to
say. Plus, it syncs your contact info across platforms, so kiss tedious manual entry
Dubbed as a Professional Relationship Management app, give Contactually a try for 30
days free of charge.
4) Google Translate: Now you’re talking
One of the most popular mobile app development products from Google is its translation
app tool. Google Translate is almost human-like in breaking language barriers.
From Spanish to Haitian Creole, Google Translate enables you to communicate in 80
different languages. Just speak, type, write, or take a picture and Google Translate will
convert it to whatever language you need. Can’t connect to a network? No problem.
Google Translate doesn’t need an Internet connection to do its job. Check out this free
app for iPhone.
5) Skype: So much more than a pretty interface
Screen sharing may be Skype's best feature but its beauty is more than screen deep.
Skype is an extensible platform loaded with many plug-ins, known as Skype Extras that
let you do all kinds of things from recording and forwarding Skype calls to checking in
on your house and pets while you’re away.
You can even turn Skype into a customer service tool. Add a Skype button to your
websites and let people get in touch with just the click of a button. Whether they're on a
computer or mobile, they will get through with a voice call or an instant message. Try
Skype for free then choose from plans starting at just $2.99 a month.