Just because you’re on the road all day doesn’t mean you don’t have the same technology needs as those who sit behind a computer. In fact, your technology needs could be greater, since you must squeeze every bit of efficiency and space from your technology. Luckily, there are several apps designed to support road warriors as we travel from location to location throughout the day. Here are a few apps that can help you be more productive and efficient during your workday.
1. GPS navigation
Just getting from point A to point B can be one of the biggest challenges you face. Traffic jams and wrong turns can waste valuable minutes throughout the day, resulting in lost income and disappointed customers. Google Maps not only helps you get from one job to the next without getting lost, it partners with Waze to factor traffic reports into its routing.
2. Expense tracking
Keeping up with mileage and other reimbursable expenses can be a pain. Apps like aCar and Mileage Log+ help automate the process, giving traveling workers the opportunity to keep up with mileage through a smartphone or tablet.
3. Gas price finder
GasBuddy is great for finding the lowest gas prices nearby. Save money while also finding a great place to grab a cup of coffee to help you get through those early mornings and late nights. For those who regularly travel around regional areas, this app can help pinpoint an area of town where gas is cheapest to help plan when to refuel.
If you’re still required to go back to the office between jobs, you’re wasting time. Apps like
DispatchTrack can automate the process, eliminating both unnecessary trips and allowing last-minute changes to your route.
5. Time tracking
While you’re on the road, you don’t have access to a time clock and your supervisor has no idea what time you show up. Time tracking apps like PayRecord will let you clock in and out on your smartphone and optionally interact with your QuickBooks software to further help those who cut your paycheck.
Being mobile doesn’t mean you can’t have access to the same efficiency tools desk-based computers have. These apps can help you save time and reduce paperwork, improving both your own work experience and your company’s bottom line.
RAMON RAY | Columnist
Editor and technology evangelist at Smallbiztechnology.com, which covers technology trends for small business. His latest book is the Amazon.com best-seller Facebook Guide to Small Business Marketing.