22 Sep 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
NNPA News Service
Contributing to a business, organization or project can be hard enough without the occasional “mishaps” that can seriously derail plans.
Common mishaps include dropped appointments, last-minute flight changes, lost information and lack of trusted contacts, who can perform needed tasks.
The good news is that those misfortunes can be avoided with technology at the palm of your hand.
Companies have stepped up to offer numerous apps that can help manage not only business affairs, but also personal itineraries.
Available for both iPhone and Android, these apps can do everything from scheduling appointments and organizing files, to checking traffic information and providing easy payment options to customers.
Some of them you may have heard of, others you may have not, but they are all designed to help you keep your sanity as you navigate the hustle and bustle of a busy day.
Flight Track Pro
People who fly frequently know how much of a hassle it is to keep track of delayed flights, mistakes in reservations and last-minute gate changes. Flight Track Pro can reduce stress by checking airport delays and closures, arrival times, weather and flights around the world. Flight Track Pro can not only check gate numbers and flight cancellations, but also search for alternatives. Versions range from just $4.99 to $9.99.
This app, produced by AppNinjas, is ideal for small business owners who want to offer customers the option of using credit/debit cards, but don’t want to buy expensive payment processing equipment. Terminal lets you accept credit card payments wherever business takes you, quickly verifies card numbers and supports all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Terminal is available for a small monthly fee from AppNinjas.
This application provides access to all of the Basecamp features that professionals have found useful, including information about projects, messages, to-do lists and business milestones. The app’s dashboard allows users to see the latest activity, while the project tab enables them to see current and completed projects. Encamp can also quickly download PDFs, images and office documents.
Eliminates business cards and printed resumes by giving the iPhone access to one of the nation’s largest networks of business professionals. This means no longer having to swap business cards -simply go on Linkedin and add a person immediately.
This is an application that gives the ability to synchronize files online and across different computers such as Mac, Windows and Linux, automatically without having to download each time. There is the option of sharing folders with other people, restrict sharing or remove sharing permissions completely. Dropbox is also available for computers.
Documents to go!
Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files are essentials to managing business any day, and this app does exactly that. It allows users to edit, create and view these files in an intuitive interface. This application is easy to use, and offers a free version of the app to view or work on emails and attachments.
Gist is another popular social networking business app. It gives users complete business profiles for their contacts, including updates from social networks like Facebook and Twitter, mentions in the news, and email correspondences across multiple inboxes. All information is presented in context around an upcoming meeting or recent status update.
This is a free travel application that helps track itineraries, miles, points earned, hotel plans, car rentals, etc. It is all integrated to make travel easy. You can share your travel details with your team, and can also view their itineraries, locate yourself or know about places using maps and directions. TripIt Pro features include alerts about flights and alternate flight information.
(Special to the NNPA from the Indianapolis Recorder)