Having a company tablet for your workers to share is a fantastic idea, but a tablet is just a canvas. It’s your job to paint that canvas and make it beautiful. Thankfully, people need your password to install apps, so you won’t come back to discover that someone just installed the latest version of Angry Birds on the work tablet.
With that said, here are a few business apps that you should install on the company tablet.
Dropbox is the first app on this list for a reason. With Dropbox, you’ll be able to have all your employees turn in work, regardless of where they’re at. You get two GB of free storage, which is more than enough if you’re just uploading text documents. If you opt to automatically sync the device’s photos and videos with Dropbox, you’ll get another three GB for free. This is perfect for working remotely, so if an employee has to go out of town they’ll be able to continue work on the company’s Lenovo tablet. Conversely, you can suggest that your employees download Dropbox on their own devices and work remotely.
This app can be used by everyone in the company in the name of keeping the workplace completely transparent. With Mint, you’ll have a list of the finances of the company. This could include credit, mortgages, loans, and whatever else you can think of. Your employees can also go over the company’s finances and see if they can think of a way that can save the company a bit of cash.
If your business does a lot of traveling, Hipmunk is absolutely the app to have. This app allows you to search for flight and hotel availability by using filtering options that aren’t available anywhere else. You can sort by the duration of the flight, airline options, class of service, and more. When it comes to traveling, there’s no competition — Hipmunk has everything beat.
If you allow your employees to telecommute, or they just happen to be out on the day of an important meeting, Audio Memos will help keep them on task. The app does exactly as it says — it records audio memos. What’s better, after you’re done recording, you can upload them to Dropbox. The employee can then download them from wherever they are and listen to the meeting as if they were there.
Social Networking Apps
This one isn’t specific to any one app, because it’s important that your business have a presence on multiple social networks. Make sure that you have the big three, though: LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Your company’s entire reputation could be destroyed in seconds, so make sure that only certain people have the password so they can update the apps. Someone should be using the tablet to keep up the 30 minutes of marketing techniques.
When hosting a conference or traveling to one, one of the most important things that you do is network. With Bizzabo, networking is even easier. It acts like a virtual Rolodex. The conference organizer can load the event onto Bizzabo, then place the contact information of everyone attending on it. This can help you reach out to people easier via LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter.
After attending a conference in another city, you and a new contact may wish to discuss things further over dinner. If that’s the case, no worries. OpenTable is completely free. Just choose your city, the date, the time, and how many guests you have. The app will give you a ton of suggestions, and if you find one that you both can agree on, you can book a reservation directly on the app. OpenTable currently supports more than 25,000 restaurants, and that number is growing daily.
There are a ton of business apps that you can install on your phone, each serving a specific purpose. Whether you want to promote your business or take someone out for a meeting to discuss it, these apps will help you along the way. What apps do you have installed on your business tablet? Leave a comment and let us know!
Joe Fortunato is a freelance writer from Tampa, Florida. He enjoys learning about new subjects, following his Baltimore Orioles, and traveling the country for fishing. You can find Joe on Twitter at @joey_fort