By Brooke Chaplan

Phones can either be a distraction or a boon, depending on how they are used. With the proper apps, phones can improve productivity, and help your company make even more profits. Here are six apps your company should absolutely be taking advantage of.


With instant syncing across multiple platforms, top-level organizational abilities, and features that enable collaboration, Evernote is the ultimate note-taking app. When you need a team to focus on the same topic, Evernote can be used to create notebook for them all. It’s perfect for getting quick notations down in minutes.

National Trainers

New to the software scene is National Environmental Trainers Inc. which offers HAZWOPER training certification courses. Not only are these necessary in some industries, but can be expensive if all your employees have to go to a location to get them done. Using the new software and now app, you can streamline this process and get all your employees trained and on the same page.


Maintaining a record of all businesses expenses can be a tedious chore. With Expensify, all your employees have to do is scan their receipts and the image will be automatically uploaded to a central database. Never again will you have to sort dozens of receipts at tax time.


Trello is a free online app that allows people to work together no matter their physical location. It encourages sharing and collaboration and displays the data in a visual way, making it easy to see and understand what’s going on. Everything from sound bites, to images can be shared on a customizable board.


Meetings tend to take far more time than is necessary, and because employees have to move from their desks, they lose their train of thought and it interrupts their flow throughout the day. GoToMeeting prevents that by allowing employees to have meetings without ever leaving their computers. It also helps when trying to hold a meeting when people are in different geographic locations.


For those times when you need to collaborate with a group but a full meeting isn’t necessary, Campfire fills the void. It’s a simple, easy to use group messaging system. With both a mobile and browser based version, it’s easy to send off a quick question or address a concern without the need to completely break your work flow.


When the days become hectic and the to-do list never seems to get shorter, it’s easy to get discouraged. Asana helps by providing a simple, easy to use interface. When you finish a task, just mark it off. Watching as the list shortens will give you the momentum to keep pushing through to the end of the day.

When used like this, phones can be very helpful for all your business purposes. Just make sure you don’t get sidetracked with the latest Facebook notification.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.