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How many of your work from home at least part of the time? *Raises hand.* I think it’s amazing that there are so many opportunities to work from home now days, regardless of if it’s your full-time gig or a side hustle. I for instance have a full time, 40+ hours a week “office” job. I’ve been there for almost 17 years so I guess we’d say that’s my main gig. But you know this blog doesn’t run itself so I do that from home and I’m also a LuLaRoe Consultant, also a business run from my home. Needless to say there is a lot going on with that little trifecta and the more I can automate some of my daily tasks, the better because you know I still like to see my kids and hubby in passing. It’s finding the right tools and resources to fit your needs that can be tricky.
Let’s start with your mobile devices. Yes I know they can be time wasters, BUT, if you use them correctly, they can also be time-saving technology. Devices such as the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 (I happen to have both…I kind of like gadgets), but they can help you stay organized and have access to calendars and work documents on the go. This can be a life saver when you’re trying to juggle between work, kids, and any other obligations. There are so many Google Play and App Store business apps to help streamline the work day, you just have to know what you’re looking for.
Fun Fact: Did you know there are 3.7 million employees who work from home at least half the time, according to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com? In fact, A recent U.S. Cellular survey indicated that 72 percent of smartphone owners use their device for email on a daily basis, while 41 percent utilize it to keep track of appointments and events at least once a day. When it’s time for a long-distance meeting, 18 percent of smartphone owners go to their device monthly for video calling. That number is growing daily as businesses and people realize that the internet and social media are replacing old school marketing efforts and so many of the tasks they perform each day can be done from anywhere there is a functioning device and internet access. Physical office spaces are not as needed, and even when they are, it’s likely they don’t need butts in the seats all day everyday as they did in the past. The world is changing my friends and to help adapt to that, there are a multitude of apps that can make work easier for those who work from home, the office or the road.
Some Recommended Apps for Teleworkers
CamCard Free: reads 17 different languages to scan and store business cards and exchanges e-cards when you run out of the paper version. CamCard also adds notes and reminders to contacts in an effort to assist salespeople, entrepreneurs, business developers or marketing experts. CamScanner provides the ability to access, edit and manage documents anytime and anywhere. Using the device’s camera, you can scan in text and graphic documents in seconds and then edit, enhance or save them in multiple formats. You can add notes to these documents and easily share them via email. If only I’d heard of this sooner I wouldn’t have a giant box of other people’s business cards on my desk that I have to sift through every time I want to seek out a particular person. Life changing!
Mobile Mouse Remote: I personally think this is awesome because I really hate those built in trackpads on most laptops. Users can instantly transform an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or Android device into a wireless trackpad, remote or keyboard. Mobile Mouse even allows business professionals to control a computer with the motion of their hands – futuristic right?
TeamViewer is also of interest if you may be seeking a free app that provides easy, fast and secure remote access to Windows, Macintosh and Linux systems. TeamViewer, which is used on more than 200 million computers worldwide, gives users access to an office desktop with all of the documents and remote computers, such as servers. Talk about being efficient!
Do you work remotely? What apps or devices help you be more effective in what you do? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!