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article imageOp-Ed: Business networking apps and advice for young professionals

By Kimberly Reynolds     Mar 5, 2014 in Technology
Mobile apps are transforming the way business is done around the world. Millennials are particularly well suited to benefit from their use.
“Young professionals, particularly Millennials, have grown up using technology,” says Jacob Adamo. “So incorporating it into their professional lives is a natural.”
Mobile applications in particular have become indispensable tools for business success. They help with time management, financial planning and travel planning, all necessary to grow both your personal brand and corporate profits.
“Hours equal money,” says Jacob Adamo. “I utilize my time in a way that is best for business. One of the tools I find helps me manage my time are business orientated apps."
Unlimited Selection
With hundreds of thousands of apps directly targeting the business market, the decision on which app to load onto your device can be confusing. With that in mind, here are some of the apps Jacob Adamo recommends for young professionals like himself.
Windows Compatible
With over 1.2 billion computers running the Windows operating system, Office Mobile enjoys what other apps dream of, a built-in audience. The Office Mobile app offers programs that are familiar to regular users of the Windows operating system.
The app has received developer support as well. "Our developer community, our ecosystem is strongly telling us that Windows Phone 8 is a platform they're going to pay attention to," says Aditya Bansod, vice president of product marketing at mobile software development platform provider Sencha.
These include One Note, an electronic notepad for quickly capturing and accessing ideas, Outlook email system, and Skype for connecting with business contacts across the Internet. Social media is contained in Yammer, the Microsoft private social network. The program lets employees connect and share information across interoffice departments, locations and other business apps.
“Selecting an app that connects with software you are familiar with will lessen the learning curve,” says Jacob Adamo. “The time saved can be used for other projects.”
Time Management
There are many apps that can schedule meetings and plan the business day. Rescue Time takes it a step further by providing weekly reports to indicate potential time thieves. The app highlights daily accomplishments, while also offering a feature to block time wasting diversions. Rescue Time, like most of the popular apps are available for download to most operating systems.
“Smart business owners use tools and technology today to minimize their time spent in meetings, to help organize daily business activities, and to accelerate their learning curve in areas needed to advance their business growth and profitability,” says Bill Flitter, co-founder of
Purchasing Portability
The advent of apps that allow customers to purchase goods or services from a mobile device is changing the face of business. The leader in this field is Square, which recently announced they are processing over $10 billion a year in transactions. With a simple set-up and fees comparable to banks, Square is the must-have new app for business.
“The ability to accept credit cards from virtually anywhere is going to revolutionize the way business operates,” says Jacob Adamo. “Within a few years every business will have a portable purchasing app like Square.”
Cloud Storage
The rise of cloud computing has given business the power to store huge files and quickly access them from a mobile App. With Dropbox for Business these files can be created and shared from a secure platform. Dropbox for Business is designed to protect the work while letting selected individuals or groups share the information. The files are available from any computer, phone, or tablet.
Steve Jobs, the late founder and creative genius behind Apple, summed up the benefits of cloud computing by saying, “I don’t need a hard disk in my computer if I can get to the server faster… carrying around these non-connected computers is byzantine by comparison.”
Finance First
It doesn’t matter what size the business is, keeping track of financial transactions is a constant grind. One of the most highly recommended apps to help with companies manages their finances is Indinero. This app gives a business a place to store, share and update accounting, taxes and payroll functions.
In an online article for PC Magazine, Jill Duffy, a writer and software analyst says, “It's tough to know where you, as an individual, actually stand with your money, unless you have some help.” She elaborates, "Thankfully, a wealth of financial apps on the market, most of them free, gives you plenty of options for learning how to be more responsible with your personal finances."
“The most important app for a business is the one that track the financial health of the company,” says Jacob Adamo. “In the end, business is all about the bottom line.”
Time Travel
One of the biggest drains on business time is travel. If your business involves a lot of traveling, then Tripit should be a priority app. TripIt can be used to book and organize travel plans and share the itineraries with clients and coworkers. The app is designed to send confirmation e-mails to avoid the time spent in airports and hotels.
Every business traveler has a horror story of a trip that went wrong. This feeling is best summed up by Susan Heller, MD who said, “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” If you want to get there efficiently, Jacob Adamo suggests using a travel app.
The use of carefully selected business apps can be a huge asset. Young professionals like Jacob Adamo are taking the technology they once used to grow their social lives to now grow their livelihoods.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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