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Every minute counts when you're running a small business. If you're looking for a tool to cut down on wasted time, look no further than your smartphone or tablet. Here are seven mobile apps that can help you and your employees boost productivity and efficiency.
This shared task list keeps all of your team's projects and tasks in one place so that everyone stays in sync. Emails can often get lost, and one-on-one conversations leave team members out of the loop, so using Asana adds transparency, accountability and structure to projects. With Asana, you can assign owners to different tasks, such as reviewing and approving a contract, as well as set priorities and due dates on items.
CloudOn lets you create and edit PowerPoint, Word and Excel files straight from your iPad, with just a few taps. Workers can edit and review Microsoft Office documents from their phone or tablet. The service also provides an intuitive, touch-based interface that makes it easy to create and edit important documents on the go. [5 Best Tablets for Business]
Signing a document can be done on-the-go 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.
Dropbox for Business
Dropbox is already a popular desktop and mobile app among consumers, but business owners have found countless ways to benefit from this file-sharing software. This app makes it easy and convenient to sync important work documents across all devices, and seamlessly access these files from anywhere. When collaborating with colleagues, workers can create shared folders and give different group members access to specific folders or links.
Evernote is a robust note-taking app that lets you dictate or manually enter notes, snap photos, create to-do-lists and more. It features text identification, which can recognize index-printed and handwritten text. Evernote is available for a wide range of platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Mac and PC, so you can access your notes on any machine and stay organized. The standard app is free, but for $10 a month, you can use Evernote Business, which includes centralized admin features, more storage space and better collaboration functions.
Mailbox makes it easy to manage inboxes on the go by providing colorful swipe-based features that make performing email triage a snap. Available for OSX, iPhone, iPad and Android, this app helps to conquer email overload, and with Mailbox's new integration with Dropbox, you can easily attach files from Dropbox right as you're composing an email.
Producteev, a free task management app for iPhone, iPad, Android, MacOS and Web, allows organizations to assign tasks to multiple individuals, create subtasks and implement privacy settings. The recently released premium version, Producteev Pro, is designed specifically for a growing business's needs, with the ability to customize the logo and theme settings, and turn Microsoft Outlook emails into actionable tasks and calendar appointments.
Originally published on Business News Daily on Aug. 19, 2013. Updated April 21, 2014.