***This is a guest post from Caroline of SecureThoughts.com.
Whether you are travelling or required by your employer to meet clients and opportunities outside of the office, sometimes working on the move is your best or only option. If this is the case, smartphones are one of the best tools to do so, allowing us to work while we move, take the subway or bus, or are otherwise unable to travel around with our laptops open.
And one of the best things about having a smartphone is that there are tons of apps constantly being developed to help improve our lives in every aspect, including our careers. Regardless of the operating system your phone uses, there will be something to help you out and make your day even more productive.
Here are 5 apps that will help you get work done and stay up to date while you aren’t in the office:
While Office Mobile is really only feasible for those who have a Microsoft Office 365 subscription, you’d be hard pressed to find a working professional or business that doesn’t use Word Documents, Excel Spreadsheets, and other file types under that program suite. With Office Mobile, you’ll be able to easily read, edit, or create documents and presentations in your cloud and then access them on your other devices. Imagine having the ability to make an emergency edit to a PowerPoint presentation about fifteen minutes before it was meant to go up.
There are, of course, other apps that will allow you to create and edit documents, but sometimes it is worth it to get something straight from the source. It is of course up to you to decide if it’s worth the investment.
You or your company probably has some reliance on social media, and if you are not directly involved in using social media, you at the very least need to keep up with what is happening. That being said, with the variety of platforms and profiles you need to be keeping track of, it is difficult to know what is going on all the time.
Sprout Social makes that a bit easier; it collects all of your social media accounts together for you to monitor and lets you to respond to whatever you need to. You won’t have to worry about being distracted by different kinds of notifications, and you won’t have to spend time going from one account to another.
When you have to be connected to the workplace while on the go, you are going to handle some sensitive data while using your smartphone (even if it is just a private email). If this data were to be compromised, then you could lose your job or your company could be in for a rough patch. If the data or information of a client were to be compromised, then your reputation within the industry could absolutely plummet. Unfortunately, any data you send over your smartphone is susceptible to interception while you use a public network because hackers with a simple setup can look at anything sent over said public network.
It is for this reason that you need a Virtual Private Network (VPN). What a VPN will do is connecting your computer to an off-site secure server via an encrypted connection, so no one will ever be able to peruse your important work information that could otherwise get leaked or ransomed. They will also not know what websites you are browsing or apps you are using. In addition, you will be able to get past regional restrictions and government censorship should you find yourself travelling in another country, which might range from useful to absolutely necessary, depending on your occupation.
If you need to handle a lot of expenses or if you keep track of a lot of different financial information for recordkeeping purposes while you travel, then Mint is the app for you. This money-managing app is being given a lot of attention. It updates quickly and frequently, and it is much more secure than other apps out there. Any working professional or freelancer who keeps their receipts for whatever reason are going to want to check out this one.
Evernote is a relatively simple free app that does a lot of things for you. Although, there are premium options if you use it a lot and think they would be worth it. Try to think of it as your own personal notebook on your phone that sorts all of your ideas out for you and allows you to take efficient notes either at meetings or while you are on the move. You can’t always sit down to write something out.
Another thing to note is that while there are other note applications available, there aren’t many that will let you store photos and voice recordings, as well as simple text notes and alarms. For example, something a professional who meets many people on a daily basis might be interested in is a feature that allows you to scan business cards, so you don’t have to worry about losing them in your pockets once you get home from work.
Caroline is a blogger who frequently likes to write about new technology, working productively, and travelling. She greatly enjoys sharing ideas with the world that will help them take advantage of the great new ideas surrounding us all.
*Featured image from FreeDigitalPhotos.Net/photoexplorer
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