Do you use an iPad during meetings with clients? If so you would be like me and realise how effective it can be in producing results, actions and minutes instantly. It is important to also have Internet connectivity as this can assist with being able to find out facts or information on the spur of the moment for the people in the meeting therefore solving problems and issues as you go.
Another effective tool is the pen that you can get for iPads that can assist in drawing diagrams and flow charts when trying to document processes or actions.
There are some apps which are free and some which are worth the small price that you would pay for better productivity
Some free apps that have helped me facilitate this are:
Notes: you can use this to jot down key points of meetings and actions and then send them immediately from your iPad to the key people in the meeting.
Idea Sketch: you can use this app to draw ideas/ flow charts or images to describe a topic or subject.
Power One Calculator: great for any calculations for costings etc.
Evernote: a good way of referencing ideas and notes.
Dropbox: a great way to share files with colleagues.
Skype: perfect for communicating with colleagues that are interstate as a phone call or if you need to refer to a document you can share your screens online. It can also be beneficial when training staff who are not in the same location as you.
Clock: great tool for when you need to time minutes of speakers in meetings, also has times of world clocks helpful for meetings in other states/countries.
Docstoc: is a fabulous resource for business owners who are looking for templates, forms, invoice templates, contracts etc, some are free and others are to be paid for with a small fee, worth reviewing if you are just starting up in business.
Expensify: this app assists in being able to upload receipts on the run. So for all business receipts for tax purposes you just scan them in and then produce reports at the end of the month for your accountant-a great way to record expenses instantly.
RTM: Remember The Milk: a great tool for tasks that are added to your list last minute….so for example if you are in the car and you get a call to action an item first thing the next day think about using the Remember The Milk as this will allow you to set up a task list and receive reminders; great simple app for busy people.
More on paid apps next week…..
So you read my first blog on free apps that are useful to business on the iPad…now here’s some more great apps that cost a little but are really worthwhile.
Some paid apps that are also worth reviewing are:
Pages: word for iPad and cloud users, has the same functionality and the ability to send the documents already formatted to your clients or your own computer. Great for meetings when you need to send the minutes and action points to everyone immediately.
To Buy: $10.49
Numbers: excel for iPad and cloud users, great for tables, calculations and spreadsheet information, with the ability to also send to clients online.
Docstoc: great resource for small business owners who are looking for templates in all small business set up areas eg. Marketing plan templates, business plan templates.
Slide shark: PowerPoint for the iPad….
Sign now: when you need to insert your signature into online documents, use sign now on the iPad to upload and then edit straight onto documents. Free version and paid version.