At Ark Financial, we understand that there is no time to waste when it comes to running your business. Work and life is just better when you have the right tools in your arsenal (or on your smartphone). Check out these seven mobile and desktop apps that can make you – and your team – more efficient and productive.
With tons of great note-taking applications out there it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the options and trying to find the best one to use. OneNote wins out thanks to its simple, easy-to-use layout and interface meaning you waste less time fumbling through menus and are instead able to get back to work more quickly. If you’re like us and use Microsoft Office, this app is fully integrated and comes pre-loaded on all Windows PCs – chances are you probably already have it on your business computer. Bonus? OneNote is available for just about every computing platform out there, including Android, iOS and Mac OSX, allowing you to access your OneNote files from any device.
Microsoft Remote Desktop
Just because you’re away from your PC doesn’t mean you have to stop working. Microsoft Remote Desktop lets you connect to your office computer remotely using your Android or iOS device making impromptu investor meetings, client lunches, and basically living out of your car during the work week more manageable. Once you connect, you can view files on your desktop and even use Windows applications — such as the full desktop versions of Microsoft Excel or Word — right on your smartphone or tablet.
Like other cloud-storage services, OneDrive helps you be more productive by backing up your files and making them accessible from anywhere. It boasts a simple drag-and-drop interface that makes uploading files easy. And since it’s built right into Windows, most business users won’t have to install any extra plugins to get started. Of course, the app is also available for Android, iOS and Mac OS X, so you can access your documents from just about any device and get to work no matter where you are.
Signing a document can be done in three easy steps with DocuSign. First, click the link in your notification email to open the document. Then, follow the instructions that guide you through the signing process. Finally, click “Confirm Signature.” Once you confirm it, an alert will be sent to everyone verifying that the document has been signed. Users can sign important documents from their iPad or iPhone.
Take it from our Client Success & Marketing Manager, Mandi – Wunderlist changes lives! This app is literally for every area of your life. The main function is simply enough to make lists. Free and extremely easy to use, you can create as many separate lists as you want and then file them accordingly to ensure your life remains organized anywhere on any device.
The absolute best reason to use Wunderlist – the ability to share with multiple users. For example, you can create a list of to-dos for a certain project, and then assign those tasks and subtasks to other members of your team or household from your phone (personal assistant, project manager,etc). For each task, you can set a due date and even request a reminder to be sent if the task has yet not been ticked off.
LastPass is a cloud-based password manager with extensions, mobile apps, and even desktop apps for all the browsers and operating systems you could want. It’s extremely powerful and even offers a variety of two-factor authentication options so you can ensure no one else can log into your password vault. Beyond that, LastPass is extremely secure and stores your passwords on LastPass’s servers in an encrypted form. The LastPass extension or app will locally decrypt and encrypt your passwords when you log in, so LastPass can’t see your passwords if they wanted to do so. Get ready to never having to click “Forget Password” again!
When you’re hard at work on a team project, keeping everyone on the same page can be tough. That’s why we love Asana, a productivity app that keeps all of your team’s projects and goals in one place so everyone stays in sync. It’s better than email because Asana tasks aren’t so easily lost or overlooked, and because every member of your team has access to each task list. Plus, you can set deadlines and assign individual team members to specific tasks.