These days, a business owner can’t just stay in one office. If they really want to expand and make as much money as possible, they have to start traveling. Yet how do you bring the best of the office with you whenever you go? Well, you will want to make sure that you actually stop and look at the tools you have already.
Believe it or not, the iPhone is a powerful tool that you can use to really make things happen in a big way. For example, you have a lot of free and cheap apps in the App Store to help you gain additional functionality. Some of them are so good that you might not even have to carry along your laptop for the ride, though it doesn’t hurt to have it handy.
We collected 5 apps for the iPhone that really will help you make the best out of traveling for your business — no matter what industry you’re in!
If you work outside of your office, then online file storage is definitely a must. We really like DropBox because it’s easy to use — you move files and you’re good to go. The site’s administrators are very good at backups as well, which means that you never have to worry about losing your files just because a site was unreliable. DropBox has been around for a while, and it looks like it’s definitely here to stay.
2. Find My iPhone
If you’ve lost your iPhone, this app can help you get it back. It uses the iPhone’s GPS power to automatically help you recover your phone. You can find it on the map, which can help if your phone has been stolen. If there’s sensitive data on your Apple phone, then you can have it wiped remotely — which is definitely a lifesaver!
Of course, if you’re like us, you’ve probably lost your phone in between the couch cushions at least once or twice. The app can send out a beeping alert that can help you find your phone that way too.
3. Genius Scan
Ever been to a presentation and you wished that you could copy down what the whiteboard said before it was erased? Enter Genius Scan, which is an app that lets you snap a picture and categorize it so that you can find it easily later. You can also “scan” real documents, like receipts. You can upload the scans to Google Docs and even EverNote (which has an awesome iPhone app, by the way). It’s $2.99, but that’s cheap when you look at everything that it can do.
Want to put it to your computer without having to worry about cords and cables? You can do that via Wi-Fi — all wireless, just the way you like it!
4. Print Magic Business
One thing about the newest version of Apple’s iOS operating system is that it includes support for wireless printing. Even though you don’t have a lot of printers that can take full advantage of that, you’ll need to get an app on your side that can send the document to the printer for you. Enter Print Magic Business, which is so packed with functionality you might be surprised to learn that it’s free. So the next time you have to print out directions or a boarding pass or even just that report that has to be in your client’s hands before they’ll listen to anything that you have to say, this is definitely the app that can help you out in a pinch. Now, keep in mind though that not all printers work with the app yet, so be careful — you might have to still go out to FedEx Kinko’s after all.
Remote access is definitely a big thing when you’re trying to travel for business. If you’re not careful, you’ll end up having to really take a lot of extra equipment with you, and that can really weigh you down — watch those extra baggage fees on the plane, now!
TeamViewer helps you cut the clutter by giving you free access to other machines. This iPhone app gives you the power to control the entire PC, not just share the screen. If you left something running that shouldn’t be running on your computer, then you will definitely want to make sure that you handle that.
Of course, it’s hard to include all of the great iPhone apps out there, even though we would definitely like to give you that type of list. For every 5 or even 10 that we include, it goes without saying that we’re going to leave one or two off that really need to go on the list. What are we missing? Sound off in the comments!