Killer Apps We Use

Si Harris –

I can’t tell you how many apps I have downloaded but I’m guessing its more than the average smart phone user! I love apps and I’m continually looking for new ways to improve productivity, save time or $$, give me access to up-to-date info or just to have some fun with. We are all searching for the Holy Grail of apps!

There are way too many apps available in “Appland” and most go into overwhelm when searching or end up down a rabbit hole and downloading something that caught their eye!! The vast majority are a total waste of money and your data plan bytes!

Our ‘go-to’ app

As a team we have been using this app for some time now. It’s a real standout for us as it does everything and more than we expected and keeps us all together as a team.

It’s improving our efficiency as a team and helping us to get on with our work faster than ever.

Please note, this is not a sponsored post! We just love sharing awesome apps with our fellow entrepreneurs.

The reason we use this app is that as a small business owners, we are on the go a fair amount of the time. With 9 children between us and a growing business, time is really important to us. We have a spread out team from Wagga Wagga to Bowral, to Brisbane and even the Philippines. Three different time zones.

Ok, ok, so what is the app!

Sorry to keep you hanging! The app we want to let you know about is called Voxer.

This is the app that the New York Times describes as “an ingenious crossbreed of text messaging and phone calls”.

So what does it do? It’s a little bit like having a walkie-talkie in your pocket? This app is a scaled up version of what the military uses in the field. The founder himself is ex-military and served in the Middle East. He created Voxer after feeling frustrated that wireless communication was often patchy or was limited by access to telephone service providers.

How it works

First off you will have to download Voxer (for free) and get your team to do the same. Add each other as contacts and then you are away,

As long as you have an Internet connection, you can talk to your team at the press of a button. No more dialing numbers and waiting to be put through to message bank. No more expensive international call fees. It’s instantaneous!

Open the app, press the button and start talking. Your colleague will get a notification that you’re on the line and they can listen in real time or catch what you’ve said when they’re ready. You can also send in-app texts and photos. Although we don’t use that side of the app much at all.

This app is really handy. I use it when I want to get a message to someone without needing to actually have a full on conversation about the topic. Ok, so it doesn’t shave hours off your day. But it does shave off minutes, and that adds up over a busy week. It’s quick, it’s simple and it lets you get your thoughts across the moment they come into your head, no matter where you are.

Voxer is free, or you can explore paid options – like most apps. Give it a try, and let me know what apps you can’t live without! Tell us in the comments section below.

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