May 12th in iPad News by

5 Cheap Applications That Will Optimize Business Productivity

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This is a guest post by Krisca Costes-Te.

We have really come a long way since the days when you have to travel hours just to monitor your business operations, when you have to talk to an operator to connect you to a business associate, when you had to bring bulky and heavy gadgets, to do your business presentations, and still, we have yet far to go. Now that technology has advanced immensely, there are so many options for a businessman to optimize his business productivity.

With the introduction of many smartphones and tablet PCs, we were given freedom like never before. As long as the right applications are downloaded, many businessmen can use their devices to improve their businesses- help them work smarter, more efficiently, and more simply.

Here are just some five of the best applications that can optimize your business productivity, without costing you much:

1. Google Mobile App

A lot of Google services are being used by many business people. If you are one of them, this mobile application can help you as it integrates with your Google account, so even when you are on the go, it’s like you have never left your office. Google Mobile App will allow you to access work-related documents with Docs, and you’ll be able to use the familiar email, contacts and calendar. It requires no hardware or software and need minimal administration, creating remarkable time and cost savings for businesses.

2. Wi-Fi Finder

Use this mobile application to find the nearest hotspots wherever you are. The Wi-Fi application allows its user to locate Wi-Fi hotspots wherever you are. They have a massive list, containing well over 145,000 of free hotspots for you to connect with around the world. With this Wi-Fi hotspot app in your device, you will find one that is near you.

You can search for hotspots within a specific geographic area, or use the ‘near me’ search filter to find hotspots. Narrow the search even more by choosing the type of hotspot location you’re searching for.

This application is ideal if you travel often and are constantly in need of a hotspot to fire up the Internet. The Wi-Fi finder application works whether you are online or not, and virtually from anywhere you happen to be in the world. This Wi-Fi Finder app is available and free at the iTunes App Store.

3. Skype

The best benefit of using the free Skype app on your device is that it is such a well known application; it’s highly likely that you and most people you know will already have an account.

Skype service via smartphones or Tablet PCs provides added value in an efficient communication, especially for your business. With this application on your device, you can always connect with your business associates, colleagues, and customers- a thing which is critical for businesses. With Skype communication can be done not only through voice and video calls but also via Instant Messenger. Mobile Skype is perfect because it is an efficient way to be contacted and the service is free. It will have the usual high quality functionality that you are using Skype on your desktop computer at home. This means that even when your contacts do not have the same device as you, they can still take advantage of this application. They don’t necessarily need Skype installed on their PC; you can still call them using Skype for very low call charges, because Skype mobile allows you to make phone calls over Internet protocol, which is much cheaper than a standard call.

4. Square

There have already been several offerings for those small business owners who want to start accepting credit card payments in the past, but they are inconvenient as they require you to punch in the card’s entire number.

That’s why Square might just be the best app just yet for small business owners, as this application allows them to accept credit cards on their mobile devices easily, with no requirements for contract, monthly fees or merchant account. Every person who gets this app will receive a free Square credit card reader in the mail, which is a magentic-strip reader that can be plugged into the iPhone’s headphone port. And within minutes of downloading this app, an entrepreneur is ready to take payments. All you need to do is swipe the card in the reader, punch in the charged amount, and let the customer sign right on the phone. When the transaction is complete it is geo tagged and a receipt can be sent via email or an SMS. The app is free to download, and there are no monthly fees; however, the user will be charged a small percentage of the amount for every transaction.

5. App for Courier Services

For business that often do shipping of products, they’ll be glad to know that couriers have already tapped into this technology to better serve you. And all you have to do is pick your favorite courier, and download their respective app. This makes it very convenient for you as a business person to send and receive packages while out and about. You can track packages, produce shipping labels, or even find the nearest shipping center all from your device.





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Krisca C. Te is part of the team that manages http://www.australiancreditcards.com.au, a personal finance blog based in Sydney, Australia. Before she joined ACC, she was an Associate in Deutsche Bank Group under Market and Instruments Control Services.

 

  • AAS

    This is my first comment here, so I start by congratulate you for the very nice blog full of insightful informations regarding the iPad. I had a iPad classic, and have now upgraded for an iPad2. It serves me very well for most of my web needs.

    As for the topic, I am sorry… but iPad as working business tool is a hard sell. I am not referring to the hardware it self, which is full of potentialities. The problem is the iOS. The system was created for iPod’s and iPhones, and while it is very simple to operate, winning many domestic users with very basic needs, definitely it is not a business OS. So it is either the case that a specific app is made for a specific business purpose or sector activity, or otherwise the iPad is not business friendly. And even for domestic use, the software severely limits what is an extraordinary hardware piece.

    The most basic and important thing to transform the iPad into a true business tool… is a decent fully integrated file manager!
    Something that makes it easy to connect to a Mac/PC, that can easily store and let’s you manage your files making full use of the 64gb, allowing to store files from emails, send files through email/Bluetooth/wireless, print effortless into files or printers, synchronize documents with clouds etc.
    All this, without having to navigate through 4 or 5 different apps that sometimes don’t even communicate between them, or getting stuck with iTunes which is fast becoming a nightmare to manage (it starts to resemble the monster in which MS Outlook has become… a good software that exploded way beyond its original purpose and is simply not user friendly or rational at all).

    This in my opinion will be the downfall of the iPad… as soon the Android hardware platforms become better and really competitive, the iOS/iPad duet will show it’s debilities.

    Keep up the good work! 

    AAS

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