Modern work no longer just happens at your desk. As technology and flexible lifestyles increasingly enable us to work on-the-move, we can now all do an insane amount of work from our phones. From providing an opportunity to use dead travel time to stay organized, to the actual platforms which move projects and relationships forward, here are the six best Android apps for business you need to know about.
This one’s a no-brainer for those who need to track their hours for work. It’s a neat automatic time tracker that records everything you work on throughout the day – including your mobile calls and mobile GPS location. If you frequently work off-site, the latter’s essential; you can accurately trace where meetings overrun, capture travel time and see how long you spend at different events. Then just click on any of your tracked time data to add it to your public timesheet from your phone. It makes the necessary evil of time tracking refreshingly simple and beautifully accurate.
A lot of companies use this one to organize internal office communication already – but it’s also available as a handy mobile app. It’s extremely popular for very good reason: you can integrate it with 1,500+ other apps and create quick chat threads so you never overlook a key communication again. Having the mobile version essentially brings a mini-office to your pocket: you can converse chat-room style with team members, send direct messages, share documents and links, and host video calls. Naturally, there’s also a handy 'do not disturb' mode, which you can quickly toggle to match your own availability.
While you’ve probably heard of Skype, you might not have heard of Zoom. Essentially, it offers a very similar service – free video conferencing, voice calls and instant messaging. We’ve just found the overall Zoom experience to be a little better: it’s very fast to run, easy to navigate and its UI is refreshingly lightweight. It essentially means you can hold business meetings from wherever – you can share your screen, upload videos, share photos and files of any size, and send text or voice messages. Just get comfortable seeing your own face from your front-facing camera!
With over one million daily users, Trello is one of the most popular project management apps going. It’s really user friendly and keeps track of pretty much everything you need to know. Happily, the Android app is just as flexible as desktop and web with its services. Create workflows, assign tasks, collaborate and upload files from the palm of your hand. With the mobile app, you can cooperate on projects regardless of your location; you can access organize multiple projects side-by-side using handy boards, keep to-do list checklists and even continue working offline.
Travel time is great for dealing with boring but essential admin tasks, and when it comes to accounting, the QuickBooks mobile app might be the one for you. It tracks all your on-the-move expenses by automatically saving photos of receipts from your phone. You can also send email estimates, manage invoices (as well as chase those that are unpaid), view key financial statements like profit and loss reports, and pay employees and clients from your mobile. The app connects to thousands of different accounts, seamlessly uploading data from each and providing you with an instant, accurate summary of your business’s finances.
Another app for maximizing organization, Evernote is excellent for syncing notes across mobile and desktop devices. It helps you collate, cultivate and share ideas – around 20,000 companies are now using it to boost their productivity and enable team collaboration. You can create and share different notebooks and to-do lists, clip web articles, scan documents using your phone camera and search notes (even handwritten ones!) based on keywords.