As a small business owner, you’ll likely want to be checking in and keeping on top of things whilst on the go. Whether you’re on a train on your iPhone or sat at an airport with a tablet, here are five apps that will keep you organised and productive, all the time.

1. Dropbox

The king of business apps, Dropbox boasts 300 million users across the world and is one of the easiest forms of cloud storage services available. There are many packages available, depending on your needs, storage use and number of users and can be used from anywhere on the globe with a reliable wifi or 3G connection. Not only does it mean that you can work from anywhere, but it’s also a great way to back up all of your documents, making sure that you won’t lose anything if technology fails!

2. TripIt

TripIt is a clever little app that consolidates all of your travel plans in one place, rather than 30 different emails. Sync it to your email, send flight, hotel or restaurant booking confirmations to the app or even manually add trips to your itinerary. The app will give you directions to the airport as well as estimated travel times and even alternative flight information if needed. TripIt’s basic app is free, but there are also versions that are paid if your requirements are more

3. Expensify

Keeping track of your expenses can be a nightmare at best, but luckily, Expensify can do the hard work for you. Link the app up to your credit or debit card, or simply take a picture of your receipts and let the app create an expenses report for you. Simple! Expensify is free for individuals and costs $5 to $10 per active user for corporate accounts. Available on all platforms.

4. Hootsuite

Running a small business means that, sooner or later, you’re going to need to put together a social media strategy. However, although you may need down-time at weekends and evenings, the world of social media doesn’t know the meaning of the phrase. Hootsuite gives you the option to schedule posts for all of your social channels, meaning that you don’t need to be plugged in 24/7.

5. Skype

It’s an oldie, but a goodie. Skype is the go-to for video and conference calling clients around the globe. The basic Skype package is free, and group calling has now been made free for everybody – hooray! Some charges can and do apply to international calls, so check up on them before dialling in. App available on all devices.

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