Whether you’re a landlord or real estate agent, juggling multiple rental properties or different clients can be difficult when you’re constantly on the go. Using your smartphone can help you manage these tasks. Regardless if you’re on the go or in your home office, these 4 free and inexpensive apps can help you stay on task, keep track of your business expenses, and de-stress. Now you’ll have an excuse to whip out your cell phone.
If you’re a huge note-taker then this free app is for you. With Evernote you can write your new rental advertising ideas, maintenance and pesticide notices, and listing details. You can easily connect images, web clips, and articles to your handwritten or typed notes. Effortlessly access your notes digitally on any device and can generate presentations off them when need be.
Another Evernote application is Evernote Scannable, an app that will scan your physical documents so you’ll have them on the go. This is great for scanning documents, receipts, or business cards and adding them to your notes. The application can even grab the contact information off your scanned business cards and create new contacts for you. This means you’ll be able to access the contact information of your clients, tenants, or landscaping service without having to go through the hassle of typing it in or carrying bulky cards.
With taxes in mind, Expensify is perfect for tracking property expenses and maximizing tax write-offs. While the service isn’t free ($5 a month), you’ll be able to create expense reports that keep track of your mileage, manage business credit cards, and scan and import receipts that are IRS compliant. The app works offline as well, so if you find yourself without service there’s no need to worry about messing up your final expense report.
While Mint is a free and secure money-managing app that’s targeted more for personal finance, it’s so customizable that it can easily be used to keep track of your business finances. It has helpful tools like the ability to set goals and budgets, manage your cards and keep track of your credit, as well as keep track of your re-occurring bills. Use the budget tool to set expense budgets for your individual properties and stay on top of avoidable expenses to increase your monthly savings.
(Bonus) Stress-Free Games
Managing properties and juggling clients can be stressful, so why not take some time to de-stress with these two free games? In Tiny Tower (IOS and Android) you’ll build a pixelated sky scraper, gaining money and prestige from managing the businesses and residents in your building. Not stress-free enough? Try your hand at this landlord simulation game, Landlord, and see if you have what it takes to rise to the top.
While incorporating these particular apps into your business is up to you, utilizing your cell phone for every-day functions is a quick way to make things easier. Whether its managing projects, note taking, finances or dealing with stress, going mobile to solve these tasks isn’t such a bad thing. For tenant screening on the go, use the ApplyConnect app (IOS) or visit our mobile site. Just don’t forget to charge your battery.
What apps have you integrated into your everyday operations? Do you use any of the apps we recommended? Let us know in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe!