TripList; A Cool App for Travelers

TripList; A Cool App for Travelers

As a frequent traveler, I have used all manner of tool to help me remember the items to bring on my trips: 3X5 Cards, Excel Spreadsheets, Word Docs, and my memory. When I saw the TripList App I was intrigued. Could this App do more than server as a check list of items to take on my trips? Yes!

Author J.R. Atkins reviews the travel App TripListYou can down load a free version and use it on one trip before you will be asked to move to the paid version for $1.99. TripList is versatile and can be used for business, leisure, camping, projects, road trips, any type of activity where a list of items is helpful.

The App also ties in to DropBox so you can reference files and TripIt so you can connect to past, current and future trips.

You can add any number of items to your trip, from clothing and medicine, to documents and gadgets. While the app comes with categories pre-installed, you can edit these categories to make them more relevant for your needs. I like the idea of having Trip Lists for various activities such as:

  1. Mobile App Consultant J.R. Atkins reviews TripList AppShort Business Trip
  2. Long Casual Trip
  3. Boating Trip
  4. Camping List
  5. First Aid List
  6. Weekend Get Away
  7. Black Tie Affairs
  8. Winter Trips
  9. Summer Trips
  10. Overseas Trips

 

For now the App is available for iPhone and iPad. The iPad version allows for multiple users and you to assign each user a picture or avatar, so you can quickly switch between them while creating lists. You can also export your trips to plain text email in order to share your information.


An App to help you Run Your Business – Paymo

As I am always on the lookout for Mobile Apps with high impact, here is one worth considering.

Dallas social media speaker J.R. Atkins recommends PaymoPaymo is an app that covers time-tracking, invoicing and project management for freelancers and small businesses. It’s challenging the likes of Freshbooks and Quickbooks with an offering that is not only cheaper but but stronger. Paymo has everything one needs to run a small businesses and it can see it scale to a medium size business with relative ease.

Paymo is a bootstrapped startup App built by a small team in Romania. Eastern Europe has started to create some great tech startups of late. Paymo.biz, which isn’t to be confused with Paymo.com, owned by American mobile payments company BOKU, is one of these.

Dallas social media speaker J.R. Atkins review Paymo Mobile App

Paymo’s dashboard provides you with an overview of how time is being spent in your business when you log in for the day. Charts include “hours worked per day” for the last week, as well as statistics on how much business time was spent on work versus other. With Paymo, time tracking is as useful for billing clients as it is for ensuring your team has been working.

Paymo’s client manager is robust enough that most freelancers and small businesses won’t require a separate CRM platform. When creating a new client, there are fields for information the company,  your contact at the company, notes and more.

The projects overview is a simple view that lists each active project, the corresponding parent,  and a the used budget meter. Clicking on the project, the first thing you’ll see is the overview tab, which contains data about the amount of time spent on tasks that fall under the project, recent activity, time worked, unbilled hours, and access to settings, such as the hourly rate on that project. From this view you can subscribe to a project specific RSS or iCal feed, and retire or delete the project.

Paymo has a browser-based timer that can be launched from within the web app and will appear as a smaller pop-up window easily positioned to the side of whatever you’re working on. It’s a breeze to use: select a project, a task, and hit the Start button. You can optionally include notes about the time spent, which allows you to easily account for every slice of time you spent on a project.

Paymo’s invoicing feature set is easy-to-use. From the overview, you can view and set the statuses on invoices such as: draft, sent, viewed, paid and void. Paymo makes it easy to export invoice data as CSV so you can set up Excel spreadsheets of your monthly activity and the like.

Paymo’s reporting makes it easy to generate custom reports and look over your business activity for any time period, from the current day to all time. It’s good to be able to see at a glance where most of your money is coming from versus where most of your time is spent, enabling you to make changes that improve efficiency and earnings.

If you go out for a meeting once or twice a month, perhaps it’s easier to manually input time spent later on as I mentioned earlier. But if your business is all about making house calls and the like, or you just like to be accurate to the minute, a mobile app is the way to go.

As for going Mobile, there’s a capable, free Paymo timer available for the iPhone, but there doesn’t seem to be an official Android app yet. There is an unofficial Android app available — it’s great to see that the API is doing its job in ensuring that Paymo is as accessible as possible on a variety of platforms.

There are three Paymo price plans available. The first is free, and is great for those who just want a time tracker or freelancers with just a few regular clients. It includes three invoices per month, two users, 50MB of storage, unlimited clients and projects and the time tracking features.

The Basic plan at $9.99 per month drops the limit on invoices altogether and boosts the storage limit to 5GB. It’s designed for freelancers who need to send more than three invoices a month, and young startups.

Finally, the premium plan uses a per-user pricing model at $3.99 each, and applies to businesses who need more than two users to access Paymo. It currently supports up to 40 employees. Premium also gives users 15GB of data storage.

 

This summary was prepared from the article Spending too much time on admin work? Manage your whole business online with Paymo byJoel Falcomer


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