From small, at-home businesses to multi-billion dollar companies, modern technology is taking over. Your favorite coffee shop has you sign a tablet with your finger, and who even brings a pen and paper to meetings anymore? Whatever you do, whether you’re a small business owner, or someone working for a corporate company, or even the head-honcho at a humanitarian organization, these office apps will simplify your workload and make creating, collaborating, and keeping up with everything an absolute breeze.
Google Drive may seem like an obvious choice, especially since it’s already loaded onto Android devices when you first get them, but anyone who uses Google apps, such as docs, spreadsheets, presentations, and more, will know that the app is invaluable!
With more companies and organizations implementing Google’s office apps than ever, this app is perfect meetings or working from home. In seconds, you can easily share files to collaborate with coworkers, brainstorm together, or manage your small business and clients straight from your couch.
Another great thing about Google Drive is how it can streamline your work, and your life outside of that. Many small business owners use their personal accounts to manage the back end of things, and with Google Drive, you can do that easily without feeling overwhelmed or completely unorganized. Google makes it easy to keep all of your stuff in one place, without them even ever having to cross.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve got about a million and one things to keep track of in any given day. But who has the time to write it all down? And even more, who has the time to go through an entire stack of notes when you need that one page ASAP? That’s why I use Evernote.
In Evernote, you can scribble your notes or type them. Add photos or videos for visual reminders, and for the organizer at heart, compile everything into “notebooks,” by category. Forget trying to remember which device your notes were on—with Evernote, your notes are synced across all devices. And with the handy search bar, you’ll never lose a single note again.
Dropbox is another popular office app used in businesses and offices everywhere. Essentially a file-sharing, cloud-based app, you can easily upload any files into the cloud to share with others. Have a project you need someone else to work on or take a look at for you? “Drop” all of your relating stand-alone files into Dropbox, placing them in a handy folder, and share it with whoever.
Dropbox also eliminates the need for constant hovering in an employee-boss situation. It’s the perfect way to get a stack of files or information to someone, and if they’re creating something from those files and information, they have everything they need in that spot without having to hunt down each piece of information. Does no one else you work with have a Dropbox account? No problem! That’s another awesome feature—you can give anyone access to whatever details they need, whether they have an account or not.
Microsoft Office Lens
You made it to a meeting late and you had to find a seat in the back of the room, meaning that the whiteboard (or blackboard) presentation you’re supposed to be keeping tabs on might as well be miles away. With Office Lens, you can take a quick snapshot of it, at any angle, and the app will handle the rest. Office Lens will rotate it accordingly and even make faintly jotted words opaque. If you’re looking for an app to scan anything and everything into your device and have it handy as a downloadable file, Office Lens is for you!
But that’s not all Office Lens is good for! It’s also great for taking snapshots of your receipts to save instead of the actual receipt itself, as well as agendas and other papers your job may have you accumulating. Can’t find what you’re looking for, even in the app? Office Lens automatically recognizes the words on the handwritten notes you’ve uploaded, so all you have to do is type in some keywords from the document into the search bar.
The Microsoft PowerPoint app is fantastic for whipping up presentations on the go or simply making a few edits beforehand, and I think we should all take a moment to appreciate the auto-save feature has saved your life a time or two.
The awesome thing about the Microsoft PowerPoint app is how much it actually works like the desktop version. Oftentimes apps will be half (if that much) the original version, with plenty of glitches and formatting problems to make our jobs more challenging. But Microsoft realizes your time is valuable, and that when presenting something, it’s not often that there’s room for mistake. With the PowerPoint app, you won’t be disappointed!
OfficeSuite is your entire office, digitally. It’s the parent-app that houses all of your Microsoft apps and any other files you need to utilize away from the office. Edit and sign documents, start working on a presentation, crunch some numbers in Excel, or easily work on even the most complex of projects right before bed.
OfficeSuite is perfect for managing your business remotely. Is it your day off and one of your employees is stuck on something? With OfficeSuite, you can forget setting foot in the office on your day off. OfficeSuite will help you save time, so you can spend it on the things that matter most to you.
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Adobe Acrobat Reader’s app is smooth, polished, professional, and most importantly, easy to use. Look over any documents sent to you, and provide feedback through comments. Need to sign a contract with a client, or does your employee need you to sign off on something? Simply have them send it to you, and you can insert your signature with the touch of a button.
The great thing about Adobe Acrobat Reader is that it can convert files from Microsoft apps, including images, into PDFs, and the other way around, by saving your PDFs as editable in the various Microsoft apps. The app also syncs across all your devices, so whether you’re using your phone, tablet, or desktop, you’ll be able to work with the same files seamlessly.
Whether your job has you travelling all the time, you do a lot of work from home, or even if you prefer utilizing phones and tablets as much as you can at work versus the typical desktop set up, these apps are for you! Your time is extremely valuable, and to make the most of it, each of these apps will simplify your workload and maybe even revitalize your excitement about getting to do what you love each day.
What do you do for living, and how has the use of office apps on mobile gadgets like smartphones and tablets simplified your job? Let us know in the comments section!