By Holly Reisem Hanna
I’m a little embarrassed to say, that I was a late bloomer when it came to the whole smartphone bit. Before I got my iPhone, I had a smartphone, but it was a first generation model that ended up freezing all of the time, so I never used any applications on it.
Needless to say, when I finally got an iPhone it was mind blowing! I was able to manage my business and personal life totally on the go. Now I don’t know how I ever managed without it.
While email, Safari, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are some of my most used applications, there are some more obscure applications that really streamline my business for when I’m on the run.
Here are my top picks for helping busy work at home moms manage their business on the go.
1. Dragon Dictation
This application comes in handy in so many situations. Dragon Dictation allows you to record a short message then send it via text message, email, Facebook, Twitter or you can save it for use at a later date. Great for capturing those new business ideas, sending text messages when you’re hand are full, or capturing details when you don't have a pen and paper.
2. Constant Contact
I love this application! I’ve been using Constant Contact for my email marketing for the past couple of years, and having an application where I can create, scheduled and view campaigns is priceless. While the mobile application doesn’t have all of the cool templates and features of the main site, it has enough to get you by in a pinch… such as when you forget to schedule a campaign.
Need to access a document from your desktop, but you’re not near your computer? No problem, Dropbox allows you to access your documents, photos and videos on any device. A basic account (free) holds up to 2GB and if you refer friends to Dropbox you can get additional storage for free. A great tool for accessing and sharing documents especially if you have a team.
No time for reading? Listen to books while you’re tackling other tasks and chores. You can listen while you’re driving in the car, making dinner, cleaning the house, working out, or when you’re doing a puzzle or working on arts and crafts project with your kids. Not sure if you’ll like the audio format? You can try Audible free for 30 days and this includes one free audio download. By far one of my most favorite applications!
Always forgetting to add things like mileage and meals to your business expenses? Keep track of all your business expenses on-the-go with Outright, here you can add and edit your transactions when you are away from your computer. Best of all Outright makes doing your taxes a breeze and it's totally free.
Who doesn't use Google? G-Whizz allows you to access your Google docs, Gmail account, Google Talk, Facebook, Twitter, Google + and much more. Application is free for basic usage , but there is a paid option as well, giving your more Google functionality on the go.
Forget to send an invoice to a client? Short on funds? No worries, with this PayPal iPhone application you can send, receive and transfer money on the go.
8. Fast Analytics
Curious how your website traffic is doing while you're on vacation? Check your site's anayltics on go with Fast Analytics. Syncs with your Google Analytics and shows stats for a day, week, month and a year, letting you know how many visits your receive, where it comes from and the keywords being searcher for. While it doesn't give you all of the detailed information that Google does, it gives you enough to make simple modifications and adjustments if needed.
Just dropped your kiddos off at a new ballet class and you need to find a coffee shop with WIFI? No problem, just use AroundMe to find coffee shops, banks, retail stores, gas stations, hospitals and more. Great for when you’re traveling and constantly on the run.
10. Cozi Family Organizer
Manage your whole family in one place with Cozi. Create appointments, set reminders, create grocery lists and daily to do list, you can even create a family journal for special memories when you’re out and about.
As a work at home mom how do you manage your business on the run? What applications would you add to this list?
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