7 Best Productivity Apps for Business Travel
Business travel may mean a lot of time spent on trains, planes and automobiles, but it doesn’t have to mean a drop in productivity. Thanks to our ever-connected smartphones and an abundance of thoughtfully-designed apps, staying productive on the go is easier than ever. These business productivity apps allow you to keep organized, communicate with your colleagues and access your files no matter where you are, as long as you’re connected to WiFi or cellular data.
Download these seven mobile apps for business productivity before your next business trip and never miss a beat.
Trello is a project management app allowing you to create tasks and easily drag and drop them into “boards”. Within a task you can add notes, links, attachments, checklists, due dates and labels. You can also add colleagues to your tasks and boards and allow them to contribute. The app is minimalist and simple to use, but not at the expense of its capabilities.
Available on: Smartphone, tablet, web, desktop, Apple Watch
Price: Free | $9.99/month (Business Class) | $20.83/user/month (Enterprise)
Ever come across something online that you’d like to read or watch, but not right at that moment? Pocket allows you to save articles and videos for later with just the tap of a button. When you want to view your saved content, simply open the Pocket app and access it from there. You don’t even need to be connected to the Internet, enabling you to stay productive no matter the WiFi situation.
Available on: Smartphone, tablet, Kobo eReader, web
Price: Free | $4.99/month or $44.99/year (Premium)
3. Google Drive
If you’re not already using the web version of Google Drive—formerly known as Google Docs—you should be. It’s Google’s cloud-based equivalent to the Microsoft Office suite, allowing you to create documents, presentations, spreadsheets and other files that are easily (but securely) accessible online. You can also upload and store photos, videos, PDFs and other file types.
The Google Drive smartphone app takes things even further by letting you access your files from your phone. When traveling for business, this productivity app is like having your laptop’s hard drive at your fingertips, leaving no excuse for being unproductive. The free version gets you 15 GB of space.
Available on: Smartphone, web, desktop, tablet
Price: Free | $1.99/month (100 GB) | $9.99/month (1 TB) | $99.99/month (10TB)
Dropbox is the gold standard of cloud-based storage apps, allowing you to store and access important work or business files on the go. It’s also great for easily transferring large files to colleagues. You can access the app and your files from your phone, desktop or the web, helping you stay synced and productive across all your devices. The free version of the app grants you 2 GB of space, while just $8.25 per month gets you 1 TB (1,000 GB).
Available on: Smartphone, tablet, Kindle Fire, desktop, web
Price: Free | $8.25/month (Plus) | $16.58/month (Professional)
Evernote has hundreds of features that help you stay organized and productive no matter where you are. The popular business productivity app is most heavily used to create searchable notes, checklists and to-do lists in a variety of formats. You can also scan and digitize paper documents, including business cards, allowing you to travel lighter. All notes and documents created in the app can be shared with others, keeping you connected.
Available on: Smartphone, tablet, desktop, web
Price: Free | $34.99/year (Plus) | $69.99/year (Premium)
Wunderlist is a simple list-building app beloved by business travelers and non-business travelers alike. Many use the app for both work and personal purposes, from grocery shopping lists to workday to-do lists. You can set reminders, add notes, include due dates, star important items, group related lists, share lists and more.
Available on: Smartphone, tablet, desktop, Kindle Fire
Price: Free | $4.99/month (Pro)
Slack is a popular team messaging platform used by over 50,000 companies. If your business uses Slack, the mobile app is a must-have when traveling for business. You’ll be connected to all your private and group chats and able to stay in touch with your colleagues at all times. Whenever you’d rather not be disturbed, simply snooze your push notifications for a set amount of time. File sharing and hundreds of other features will help you be as productive as possible on business trips.
Available on: Smartphone, tablet, web, desktop
Price: Free | $8/month (Standard) | $15/month (Plus)
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