With vacations season, we all think of the beach and how to take the opportunity to have a break from work, but why not rest and use the time for learning as well? You can take a course or two to learn a skill that can up your career game or satisfy the curiosity in you. Whatever the skill you choose or you are motivated to learn and perform, your brain will thank you.
In this list, I’ve accumulated diverse mobile apps you can use to push your learning progress this year and make sure your resolution won’t fail down the line.
Learning a new language doesn’t only help you watch movies and read books in their original language, but also learning a language will help you deepen your brain connections and create new neural pathways that will make you smarter.
It’s a well-known app, that will help you through levels learn how to speak, read and write in any language. Through gamification, you will be motivated to complete levels and collect lingots.
Subscription Plans: Free (with ads) / 125 – 180 EGP /mo. (Ad-free version)
On Memrise, you learn to write, speak and listen on Memrise through flashcards of relatable references and real-life situations. The big addition is that educational content is divided into courses like arts & literature, math & science, professional career topics, entertainment, and trivia.
Subscription Plan: 32.17 EGP for 1 mo., 66 EGP for 3 months, 104.12 EGP for a year
Coding, testing, software engineering, and data science are some of the highest demanded jobs out there. Data science is now the sexiest job according to Harvard Business Review. These jobs are on the rise and will continue to be in the upcoming years. Put yourself in the future market map and enrich your tech and analyzing skills through these apps.
Udacity is a well-known MOOC with certified programs provided by the market leaders like Github, Google, Facebook, Amazon to name a few. The platform offers courses in various fields, but they are leading the software engineering courses field with their partnerships with technology creators. Imagine you will be taught about Google technologies by Google employees.
Subscription Plan: App is free, the courses/tracks fees vary from course to another.
Learning to code shouldn’t be so hard, and needs to be more convenient. LRN app gives you the chance to practice coding on mobile with multiple options so no autocorrect will stand in your way.
Available on: Android (soon) / iOS
Subscription plan: App is free, tutorials are free. Complete courses cost $2.99 or $0.99 per module.
Affected by the inflation and the dollar exchange?
Good news! If you can’t pay for any courses or want to get certified in an advanced course on Coursera, Udacity or many other tech-MOOCs, you can apply for NTL scholarship (New Technology Leaders), it covers the course fees, and provides orientation, offline mentored study groups, and weekly projects.
Increase your IQ
Ever felt that you don’t get to challenge your brain really or that you want to be smarter? These apps will make your brain work more for you and gain more cognitive skills. It is like a brain workout.
Lumosity is an app that gathers science-based gamified exercises you perform on a daily basis, after a personal assessment and progress tracking. The app founders teamed up with cognitive psychology researchers and game developers, to create an easy fun experience that will teach your brain to work better.
Subscription plans: Free (with limited access to exercises per day), 214 EGP/mo., 1,074 EGP (1 year), and 1,611 EGP (2 years).
Your brain is always challenged by what you have to take time and energy to solve. This app introduces you to multi-level math and science problems and riddles that will help you enhance and level up your problem-solving skills and logical thinking. Problems work your brain and push its limits. So, if you loved math, science, or puzzles, this app will be so much fun for you.
Subscription plans: Free, 70 EGP/mo., 420 EGP (1 year, at a rate of 35 EGP/mo.)
Not all that makes us smart is what we can do with our brain, but also what we recall of the general knowledge and knowing weird facts, debunking myths, and how the world works. This app sends you a daily notification with a bunch of weird stuff you might be curious to know about. In various fields, there are no limits. I actually wonder how these guys create that much of really good and weird content, that frequently. If you are feeling curious, you definitely should check it.
Subscription plan: Free
With this list, there are no excuses, you don’t have to lose your vacation. Learn on the go!
Are there any apps you think should have made it to this list? Tell us in the comments.
The life of sales professionals can be quite hectic; from keeping track of multiple accounts and communicating with an array of clients to trying to close deals, there’s plenty to get done in the sales world. If you work in sales, these 10 apps are must-haves for better productivity.
1. Hubspot Sales
Available for: Google Chrome
Hubspot Sales, one of the well-known tools, allows you to keep track of your prospects and customers’ behavior from Gmail. You receive real-time notifications the instant your lead opens an email, views an attachment, or clicks a link.
Key advantage: It enables you to connect with leads, track sales process and close deals faster from one central database of your contacts.
Available for: Desktop
Arguably the best e-signature tool in the industry, HelloSign allows you to close agreements digitally and have up to 20 different people sign a document. When the document is fully executed, every party finds a copy in their inbox. The tool integrates team management features, flexible workflows, and bank-level security to give you a safe, simple, and clever experience.
Key advantage: It’s compatible with Gmail, Google Docs, OneDrive, and Evernote, which allows your clients to sign using the platform they prefer.
Available for: Desktop
Expensify automates the whole receipt and expense management process. It uses optical character recognition (OCR) technology to automatically read and code the receipt details after you snap a photo of it and then adds it to an expense report that can be automatically submitted, approved, and reimbursed.
Key advantage: It saves 83% of your expense-tracking time.
Available for: Desktop
ClearSlide is a web-conferencing tool that lets you create personalized online meeting experience with your clients including content sharing with annotations and comments. This way, you will keep your clients engaged for better sales conversion.
Key advantage: It provides actionable content insights, delivers customer trends and shows the progress of deals.
Do you constantly misplace important business cards? CamCard allows you to take photos of them and then automatically saves the contact information to your phone.
Key advantage: It manages your cards by organizing them, adding notes, and sharing them with other people.
Available for: Desktop
Infer is a unique predictive-first platform that helps you get more customers by using data science to quickly identify your most promising prospects, building targeted segments, and personalizing your outreach.
Key advantage: It uses predictive scoring to create smart profiles for each of your leads to help you see where the most potential lies.
7. Dragon Anywhere
Available for: iOS
Dragon Anywhere is a perfect on-the-go productivity tool. It catches your voice memos and turns them into professional documents you can edit, format, and then share with anyone, anywhere.
Key advantage: Its fast dictation and high-recognition accuracy save you tons of time during your sales process.
8. Doc Scan
Available for: iOS
Doc Scan transforms important paper documents into digital copies after you snap photos of them. It’s a great scanning tool for busy workdays.
Key advantage: It turns paper documents into high-resolution PDF and PNG files without any hassle.
The sales process is complex and time-consuming, and that’s why productivity apps are an excellent way to make the process more efficient and your life easier.
CRM app (#9 to #13)
If your company uses a specific customer relationship management (CRM) system, you should definitely get its mobile app so you are not tied to your laptop. All good CRM systems have good apps. If there is no specific system, you can use one of these excellent choices:
- Hubspot CRM: Manages contacts, deals, and sales tasks from a solid foundation that works for a business of any size.
- Salesforce: Accelerates productivity by allowing you to focus on what matters most in your sales process.
- Bitrix 24 CRM: Manages and stores an interactive contact base that’s integrated with your current tasks.
- Zoho CRM: Provides intelligent insights you need to close smarter and faster deals.
- Podio CRM: Tracks leads and sales in a lightweight, beautiful-looking, and collaboration-friendly platform.
Have you used sales apps to be more productive? Tell us about them in the comments below!
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