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Best Apps to Keep You Connected.

By Rebecca Aguilar.

Running a business is a job 24/7. Today with your smart phone or any other mobile device, you can remain connected at all times. Mobile apps are easy to download, convenient and often free.

Rebecca Aguilar is a multiple award-winning journalist and social media leader. Aguilar is also the founder of the largest Latina virtual networking group “Wise Latinas Linked” on Facebook and LinkedIn. Follow her on twitter @RebeccaAguilar

Here is a list of apps that will give you access to your business files, accounts, contact names, financial data, and budgets. We’ve also included apps that will help you dress up your blog, secure your passwords and get you to a business meeting on time. Most of the apps are free, but some offer extra benefits for a fee.

Workplace Productivity Apps

  • Dropbox
    Access your information (photos, videos, files, documents) from anywhere and on any device with this free cloud storage app. You’ll need Wifi to use.
  • Google Drive
    Backup your files and folders for free with Google Drive. You can view them from any device as long as you have Wifi. You can also have access to your photos and videos on Google Photos.
  • Pearltrees
    Organize your images, PDFs, web pages, and notes with the free file manager Pearltrees. Access your information from other devices and share it with others. This is a great tool if you have a team working on a project but members are in different locations. Peartrees saves your information to a cloud. Pay a fee to make your information private. The free version is not a private storage.

Budget Apps

  • Mint
    Create budgets and keeps track on your spending with Mint. Mint allows you to keep your accounts in one place: credit cards, banks, investments and loans. This free app sends a reminder when your bills are due.
  • EveryDollar
    Excellent tool to keep your business budget at hand. Create a monthly budget with this user friendly free app. Keep track of your income and spending habits.
  • Square Point of Sale
    Need an app that allows you to accept payments and run your business? The Square Reader with a magstripe accepts debit and credit cards. The funds are deposited in your bank account in one to two business days. This app keeps track of sales and inventory in real time.

Other Apps

  • 1Password
    Don’t write your business account passwords on a notebook or on a piece of paper. 1Password remembers all your passwords and keeps them organized. You still need to remember your password to this app.
  • Uber
    If you are travelling and want to stay away from taxis, Uber is the free app you’ll need to request a ride. The app connects you with a nearby driver, gives you a cost estimate and accepts payment for a ride.
  • Waze
    Avoid traffic jams with Waze. This free app alerts you about road construction and accidents along your way.
  • Prisma
    Bring your photos alive with Prisma. A photo filter app that turns your photo into a look of pop art, gothic, disco, or old fashion. This is a fun app that can make your photos shine on your business social media posts or blogs.
  • Periscope
    Live video stream a grand opening of a new franchise or show-and-tell a new product you may have to offer with this free app. During your live stream your followers can ask you questions and provide comments.

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