Guest Blogger Series: Rachel’s Top 5 Apps For The Traveling Entrepreneur
One of the biggest perks of working for yourself is the ability to work from home or on the road, which is why I planned a two-week vacation with my partner (DP) where we’d travel from Washington, DC to Wilmington, NC, Savannah, GA, and Miami, FL.
As a business owner I knew it wouldn’t be a full-fledged “I’m not checking my email sorry not sorry” vacay, so I made sure to stay connected with my clients, team, friends, and family back home while also enjoying the time on the road.
Here are the five apps that helped me stay on top of work, but also allowed me to leave some of the work behind in the District:
1. Google Photos
By far, this was the COOLEST way to stay connected with those back home. All of you, right now, should pull out your phone and download Google Photos. Why you ask? Because it’s an app that will automatically backup all of the pictures on your camera roll which allows stress-free deleting of photos to clear up space (you know you’ve been there).
Even better, they have an awesome Album tool which allows you to create an album, add maps, text, and locations, and share it via a link! I was able to keep my entire family in the loop to our travels as well as curious clients who I wanted to share the experience with. The nice thing is that those with the link can comment on the album or specific which was a nice way to say in touch. There’s even a way to turn (Live Mode) photos into gifs, but wait, that’s up next!
Download: iOS Android
2. Motion Stills
As long as you have the ability to take “Live” pictures, you can simply download the app and start making short video clips. According to Google, “Motion Stills is a pilot that brings your Live Photos back to life with advanced stabilization and rendering. Turn your photos into GIFs that loop forever, or edit them together into epic movies.”
So instead of choppy mini videos you have to keep your thumb on to play, make a gif of the crashing ocean waves or of a cool, weird-looking lizard that was on your AirBNB porch.
3. Dashboard by Twitter
Wouldn’t you hate to miss a tweet or question on social media while you’re out of the office? So this is sort of specific to my work, but I have to stay connected on social media since that’s my industry and Twitter launched a new tool just in time for me to easily keep tabs on mentions or notable activity.
The app is awesome because it creates a timeline of ANY mentions, RTs, etc so you’re able to bypass the clutter and make sure you didn’t skim over anything important, #Lifesaver.
So DP lost his phone on our trip and I wish he had this app on his phone since it can certainly save the day. This app has a cool feature called “Signal Flare” which will emit a GPS thing right as your battery is about to die, can FindMyiPhone do that? Nope, you’re in trouble if your phone is lost on silent or with a dead battery!
They also have a feature where it will silently snap a photo of the person who might have stolen it. How sweet would it be to go to the police and be like yeah here’s a picture of the person who stole my phone as well as the current GPS location?
Download: iOS Android
I know there are tons, and I mean tons, of productivity or to-do apps out there, but I love Meistertask because it truly has helped me cut down on emails and communicate more effectively with my team! I chose Meistertask over Trello, Any.Do, Asana, Wunderlist, etc. because of the beautiful simplicity of the desktop and mobile app.
Instead of bloating Meistertask with bells and whistle feature, it sticks with the core basics like the ability to assign tasks to others, set due dates, and chat within the task. The clean interface is super simple to use and I have a “Project” for each client and my own company so I stay on top of the to-dos of clients and myself.
I like that I can pop open the app on the go to see a question one of my interns has asked about a task or add grab my phone when I’m in bed when there’s something I randomly remembered I had to do at 2am. I can pop it in, and then roll over and go back to bed without getting sucked into distractions. It’s FREE and worth a look, check it out!
Download: iOS Android
Now over to you! What are your favorite tools?! Comment below :)