In the world of business, everyone is looking for the next big thing to get that upper hand. It doesn't matter if you are fresh out of college, a 15-year veteran in corporate America, or one of the casualties of the economic downturn re-building your career, we all can use a boost from today's tech tools.
Here are three free apps that you will find helpful, as well as a tip on how to use them so they don't become another unused app sitting on your phone.
- Evernote (all major platforms): It is your external brain. Most business professionals obsessively take notes about next steps, new ideas, or opportunities they don't want to forget about. Evernote is the app that keeps these things organized and accessible across all of your devices. Never again will you need to rummage through your desk drawers looking for "that note."
Use Tip: Keep an ongoing career goals "note" that you update once a week. Make sure to download the app on your phone, tablet and computer. When you are on a future flight and that next step idea pops into your head, put it down immediately in Evernote. You will wonder how you ever lived without it.
- Here On Biz (iOS): It is your business opportunity radar. Here On Biz alerts you when out-of-town contacts from LinkedIn are in town. It also allows you to see other business professionals nearby that use it. When you receive a push notification that your top client is in town, you will realize the magic of this app.
Use Tip: Look at the network tab once a week to see where your contacts are traveling. Here On Biz lists your contacts using the app in alphabetical order and provides the current city they are in. Use this information to shoot a key contact a note about their business travels. This will provide you with a reason to engage them and increase connectivity to those who matter to your professional world.
- Dropbox (iOS, Android, Blackberry): It is your thumb drive in the sky. There are always files I wish I had easily on hand; my resume, a sales deck, or any one of the Excel spreadsheets that float around the office. Dropbox not only stores them in a quickly accessible folder/app, but it also provides you with shareable links instantly. There is nothing better than being able to send a document that was requested while walking out of a meeting via your phone.
Use Tip: When you want to send a file from your phone, open the specific file in the app and click the arrow button in the lower left corner (on iPhone). Choose to "copy link to clipboard." Now simply copy the link into the email you want to send. File sharing just became quick and easy.