As business owners today, you know your work doesn’t shackle you to your desks anymore. Here we look at the digital assistants to make your life easier on the go.
For over 10 years now, we’ve been quipping Apple’s ‘there’s an app for that’ in response to all of life’s minor inconveniences. What was once a novelty, is now an everyday essential. Small business owners in particular reply on their phone to keep their life organised. It’s one of the things they all have in common.
Riaz Kala is associate director at Haines Watts and works with small business owners to manage their finances. In doing so, he’s noticed the best apps they turn to keep streamline their days and make their lives easier. These free apps are perfect for business owners no matter their industry.
Evernote is an app designed to help you reach the highest levels of organisation possible. If you’re working without an assistant, your clients and customer would never know. It lets you to take notes in the form of text, picture or voice note. For all the incoming requests, passing thoughts and notes to self, Evernote is the memory extension every business owner has wished for.
Passionate business owners tend to have work as their top priority and forget to keep an eye out for themselves. Calm helps you dedicate time to step back from business thinking and focus on your own wellbeing. Avoid burnout and let Calm guide you with its meditation routines. With a business subscription available too, your whole team can take time for their mental fitness.
How many books have you been recommended this month? And how many of those have you remembered the names of? Probably close to zero. Depending on your choice, reading can be a great way to wind down or motivate you to put your next best business idea into action. Goodreads helps you keep track of all the must-reads your colleagues and friends recommend, as well as keeping a list of what you’ve read and loved.
Finding your way around a city you don’t live in for the sake of a meeting isn’t an extra stress you want or need. If you’re a business owner, you’re probably out an about visiting clients, colleagues or partners all the time. This app helps you find your way around any city by displaying all transport options that are available to you, the length of your journey, and all without the need for WiFi.
When you’re growing your business, keeping an eye on your social media and press mentions is essential. You have potential customers and partners at your fingertips, but when business owners have an average of 63.5 notifications a day, no doubt some will slip through the net. Mention is a social media and web monitoring tool, that allows you to see when and where your business has been mentioned online, and showing you where your attention and replies are needed most.
Podcasts are a business owner’s best friend. The handsfree content lets you unwind or be inspired, often free of charge. No doubt you’re already an avid podcast listen, but if you’ve exhausted Spotify and are looking for a deeper dive into some niche creators, the Pocket Cast app has a wide range of content.
Google Drive is probably already on your radar. It’s the space on your desktop where those Google Docs and Sheets live that you share several times a day. For business owners, having the app on your smartphone is an ultimate productivity hack. The search function lets you find files you can barely remember the name of and lets you work in realtime with your team, wherever you are.
Work is often at front of mind, but when the chance to take some well-deserved time off arises, Airbnb is the app to have. Search a whole range of properties that are available to be let out all over the world, and even browse day trips that you can purchase. Tip: To get something that’s the perfect fit, you can filter your search to show you only properties with a hot tub, by the beach, or, if you’re just after a place away from the office, a dedicated workspace.
A good night’s sleep is the crucial ingredient that lets you and your business to thrive. Sleep Cycle is the alternative to an Apple Watch that tracks your sleeping patterns and analyses your behaviour to wake you up in your lightest sleep phase before your alarm. Download to get yourself in top decision-making form.
In addition to a good night’s rest, a balanced diet is key to having the energy you need for a busy week. Yummly build you a personalised plan of quick, healthy recipe ideas made up of your favourite foods to make life on the go healthier, and stop you from leaning into meal deals and takeaways too often.
So, head to the app store and add what you need to your catalogue of digital assistants. If a free app can make your life easier, then you, your business and team will thank you for it. It’s a simplified life at your fingertips, which every small business owner has wished for.