If you’re anything like us, you spend a lot of time on your smartphone. We carry our smartphones with us everywhere. We play games, we talk to friends, we date, we find great places to eat, we track our sleep patterns — there’s virtually no area of our lives that isn’t affected or enhanced by our smartphones. So why shouldn’t they also improve our work life?
For those of us who freelance or telecommute, working from home is a dream come true. Unfortunately, it can also be a real drag when you realize it has been days since you left your house. We decided to work from home because we wanted more flexibility in our lives.
So why do we let our jobs chain us to our desks?
Fortunately, there are hundreds of iPhone and Android apps out there that help you keep track of work wherever you are. Want to work from the park or take an extended lunch? Here are some of our favorite apps that give you the freedom to get out of the house and stay on top of your career.
Most of you are probably familiar with Skype. If not, consider this your wake up call. Skype is a free video chat and telephone application that allows you to connect with clients, co-workers and friends from anywhere in the world. The Skype mobile app allow allows unlimited text messaging, so you can avoid high fees from your service provider. To get the most out of your Skype calls, use our ClearMic Plus Boom Cancelling Microphone.
One of the hardest things about telecommuting can be getting your project team all on the same page. Basecamp is a project management software for both PC and mobile devices, that allows you to stay up to date on your teammates progress, share documents, and have active discussions. Although Basecamp isn’t free, its rates are reasonable for even small businesses, startups and freelancers.
Toggl is one of the most popular productivity apps on the market right now. With Toggl, you can track how much time you spend on each of your projects, and can even share your progress with teammates. Toggl generates weekly and comprehensive reports of your work, so you can accurately track how much time you’re spending on each project. With the mobile app, you can log in and track your work wherever you are.
Much like Skype, Dropbox has been a household name for a while. But if you’re not familiar, Dropbox is a cloud storage service that gives you up to 2GB of free space to start. It also allows you to share selected files and folders with friends and co-workers, making it a great way to send large files like video or audio. The Dropbox mobile app now lets you comment on your files, and mention your contacts with the @ symbol.
We hope these app suggestions help get you out of the house and boost your productivity. What are some of your favorite apps for on-the-go business?