2015 Mobile App Business List

About this time last year we published an article about some new smartphone and tablet apps for appraisers to use to manage their everyday lives and small business. With technology moving as fast as it does these days it is important to stay up to date on all the latest. That is why we put together a new list of apps for you to try for 2015. Let us know which ones you like, which ones you could do without and which apps we forgot to put on the list.

modify-imageAddappt: (Addappt)
Free for all devices
Average Rating: 4.1 / 5 stars

The longer anyone stays in any industry the harder it is to keep track of your contact’s up to date phone numbers and email addresses. Now there is an app that can help you with that. Addappt lets your business associates update their contact information in your address book. This helps you avoid having to search through your contacts all the time and update them one at a time. You can also organize contacts into different groups and send messages via Addappt.

modify-image-1FreshBooks: Accounting for beginners (FreshBooks)
Free to download for all devices. Monthly plans start at $9.99 a month
Average Rating 4.1 / 5 Stars

Most small business owners do not speak the language of accountants. Most of the accounting programs are tough to get the hang of. As with the simple language it uses, FreshBooks is simple to use. Fresh books found a way to simplify it all and keep track of your time, create invoices, and manage your payments. You can import data from other financial programs you currently use.

modify-image-21password: (Agilebits, Inc.)
Free for all devices Average Rating 4.4 / 5 stars

With technology advancing the way it does it is more important that you have strong passwords to secure your self from potential cyber hackers. Now you can either just request a new password every time you want to login to your favorite sites or create a really hard password that can be tough to remember. According to Late Night with Seth Meyers, making up a song can help you remember your password. 1password is an app that fixes all that for you. Use your master password or thumb scan and the app will automatically input your passwords in the correct place. It will even make up passwords for sites when you are registering that meet the criteria of the site then remember them for you with a press of your finger next time you need to login.

modified.jpgRoad Warrior Route Planner: (RoadWarrior, LLC)
Free to download for all devices. Monthly subscription plans may apply
Average Rating 4.3 / 5 stars

As appraisers you have most likely had to run all over town doing appraisals in different areas, taking pictures in others, and running the occasional mid day errand. This app allows you to plot all of your stops first thing in the morning then plots a route to help you waste the least amount of time backtracking. Save gas, time, and patience by preplanning a route for yourself.

modified-1.jpgDoodle: Schedule Maker: (Doodle)
Free to download for all devices.
Average Rating 4 / 5 stars

Getting a lot of people together to schedule a meeting can be a hassle. Doodle allows you to send everyone a link to a form where they can fill out yes, no, or maybe for each available option. Then doodle will automatically figure out for you which time works best for the majority of people. It is a quick way to get feedback and helps to prevent those long email chains where everyone lists their availability.

modified-2.jpgGlip: (Glip, Inc)
Free to download for all devices. Monthly subscription plans may apply
Average Rating 3.9 / 5 stars

Sharing everything with your office while on the go or traveling can be a bit of a hassle. This app allows you to share screen video chat comment and edit on documents all from the comfort of your own screen. Make it seem like you are right in the office with this program. The desktop app is the best way to use this program. This program also allows you to set up tasks and gives you reminders when they are due or still need to be completed.

modified-3.jpgGoogle Drive: (Google, Inc.)
Free to download for all devices
Average rating 4.4 / 5 stars

While we included this in last year’s article on apps to download we thought we should include it again because of the additions they have made for the smartphone app. Now you can scan documents, edit or sign PDFs and store or email it all from your phone. The desktop app allows you to collaborate on spreadsheets, PowerPoint’s, and Word documents all at the same time.

We hope you take some time to try these apps out. Let us know if they boost your productivity or not. Also let us know which ones we missed by emailing comments@appraisalbuzz.com and we will be sure to include them.

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Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison is a graduate of the Franklin Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University and the Director of Marketing for the Appraisal Buzz. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for the latest stories and updates.

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