6 applications that help you work smarter in 2021

If you want to take your job to the next level, a smartphone may be a valuable tool. Whether you’re self-employed or run a business, the App Store has a variety of tools for keeping track of essential daily activities, all of which may help you reduce your burden.

Here are six of the finest, ranging from applications that can help you enhance the quality of your company communications and social media reach to tools that can help you monitor the time you spend on billable tasks so you can be paid for all your hard work. So start downloading, and then get to work — the rest of the world is waiting!

Grammarly KEYBOARD

Free for iPhone and iPad

Grammarly is an excellent tool for eliminating errors in your writing. It has a similar appearance to the standard iOS keyboard, but it includes advanced grammar, spelling, and punctuation coaching. Grammarly can not only detect context-specific errors as you write, but it can also flag ambiguous phrases that may leave your coworkers – or worse, your employer – perplexed as to what you’re talking about.

SCANNER SCANBOT

Unrestricted (Pro subscription available) Designed for iPhone and iPad

Scanbot is the best scanner app we’ve tried, not just because of the quality of its PDF and JPG scans (which easily match desktop scanners), but also because of its sophisticated document auto detection and feature set. Scanbot allows you to add colour, grayscale, or black-and-white filters to scans before sharing them through the cloud, email, or print — you can even fax your documents.

HOURS TIME TRACKING

IAPs (In-App Purchases) are available for free on the iPhone.

This software is for you if you’re self-employed and charge customers based on billable hours. Its simple interface allows you to set up and monitor numerous timers, and it provides a clear visual summary of where you spent your time at the end of the day. You may add comments to your time entries and even send customers professional-looking bills straight from the app.

SLACK

Unrestricted (Pro subscription available) Designed for iPhone and iPad

Slack has grown in popularity as a team collaboration and communication tool, and for good cause. The app’s UI makes it simple to arrange discussions by subject or project, preview, share, and edit documents, chat or contact team members, connect with cloud services, and more. It’s aimed at both big and small companies.

ONEDRIVE BY MICROSOFT

(Pro subscriptions are available) Designed for iPhone and iPad

OneDrive is a cloud storage service that integrates well with Office 365, but even if you don’t have an Office 365 subscription, you may utilise its mobile sync and file sharing capabilities. The app just received some well-deserved improvements, including preview support for over 130 file types, iOS 11 drag-and-drop functionality, and more.

BUFFER: MANAGER OF SOCIAL MEDIA

IAPs (In-App Purchases) are available for free on the iPhone and iPad.

Buffer provides a suite of excellent tools for you to publish and monitor the success of your content across numerous accounts, including Instagram and Twitter, since every smart company has a social media presence. The app’s scheduling capabilities allow you to adjust the time of individual postings, while statistics show you how well your updates are doing. ■