When you’re bouncing from job site to job site, basically living in your truck and rarely able to get into the office, day-to-day business tasks can pile up. Thankfully, you can get a lot of things done right on your smartphone or tablet with apps that make running your own business a lot easier. Here are 10 apps to look into to make your workday run smoothly.
Collect payments on the go with this tiny device that turns your phone or tablet into a credit card reader. Square.com takes a 2.75 percent fee on all transactions, and the funds you collect will be deposited the next day.
Get your expense reports done in a hurry by taking photos of your receipts and completing reports by submitting them via email as a PDF. You can also automatically import all card transactions and capture mileage with Expensify.
3. Invoices 2Go
Create a professional-looking, customized invoice with your business logo and leave it at all your job sites with the free version of this app; pay a little extra and get your invoices to sync to many popular accounting software programs.
4. Docs to Go
Need access to Office programs from your phone or tablet? This app lets you view, edit and create files in Microsoft Office and view PDFs. Sync to cloud storage or use password protection for a $16.99 fee.
We doubt you’re hauling a scanner around in your truck, but luckily you can scan documents with your phone with this app and then save them as a PDF or JPG file that you can email off.
You want to keep photos of your handiwork available so you can show them off to clients, but you don’t want them taking up space in your camera roll? Dropbox can organize photos and other files into folders, storing them in the cloud, making them accessible from any device.
This is where you will store everything – from photos to voice notes and text, you can create to-do lists, have all of the info available across your devices and search for what you’re looking for. You can also share notes or photos with others on your team.
8. Google Drive
Need access to your budgeting spreadsheet or other similar docs while on the go? Upload them to this drive and access them from your PC, smartphone or any tablet. You can edit in Drive and store any type of file – plus it comes with 15GB of free storage.
If you travel often to trade shows or conferences, this app will help you keep all of your travel arrangements in one place – from your flight information and boarding passes, to rental car info and hotel reservations. With the tap of one button, the app will take you to Google Maps to help you get from place to place, too. Insert other locations, such as restaurants and event arenas, to make your itinerary complete.
Stop cluttering up your text messages and email inbox with little tidbits to and from your crew. Download the Slack app and communicate with employees individually or divided into groups, such as Finance, Team 1, Team 2, etc. You can send files and photos through this app, and keep the number of emails and texts to a minimum.