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These are a Few of My Favourite (Programs & Apps) - Part 2

As a continuation of my previous blog, I’ve listed below my favourite programs and apps in the areas of communication and continuing education, as well as a few “bonus” apps at the end. TIf you haven’t read Part 1 of this blog, you can access it here. It deals with areas of health & safety, staffing and operations.

 

COMMUNICATION

Voxerwww.voxer.com – This walkie-talkie app can replace the old push-to-talk cell phones we use to have. This app offers secure real-time communication that can be used with groups or individuals. It is a great tool for your snow operations.

 

Zoomwww.zoom.us – This video communication tool is an industry leader in offering solutions for online meetings, training and webinar hosting services. 

 

What's Appwww.whatsapp.com – This messenger app works on all platforms and allows you to text, send photos and voice memos, and make phone calls - and its free! We use this app almost daily to talk with our family in West Africa and it’s like they’re right around the corner.

 

Slack www.slack.com – SLACK is an acronym for “Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge”. This set of team collaboration tools and services allows for fewer meetings, less internal e-mail and an area where you can share documents and information with your team. It allows you to communicate to groups or individuals.

 

Skitch –  www.evernote.com/products/skitch.com  - Skitch helps you communicate visually to your staff and customers by allowing you to take a picture, mark it up using arrows, text and colour and then send it out. This is a huge time-saver in your operations.

 

Hoot Suitewww.hootsuite.com – Hoot Suite manages your company and personal social media accounts. It makes scheduling, managing and reporting on social media as easy as laying sod!

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Blinkist www.blinkist.com – This app allows you to listen to educational material in the areas of personal growth, history, management, leadership, communication skills and motivation.

 

Grow The Benchwww.growthebench.com – GTB is an online professional education development platform built for landscape and snow contractors. It offers courses on many different topics from time management to conflict management. New content is added regularly.

 

Downcastwww.downcastapp.com – This is currently my most used app. It allows you to subscribe and listen to podcasts. I listen to podcasts every day and love that they can go with me anywhere.

 

Audible www.audible.com – This Amazon company app plays digital audiobooks, radio and TV programs.  This is my favorite app to play audiobooks, especially at 2.5x speed.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Day One Journal- www.dayoneapp.com – An online daily journaling app that provides a simple digital way to record your thoughts and memories in the cloud.

 

Go iLawnwww.goilawn.com – This online property measurement service is a great tool that creates efficiency in your estimating process.

 

DOZRwww.dozr.com – DOZR is an online marketplace for rentals of heavy equipment. It's like Airbnb for bulldozers and excavators. You can rent the equipment you need or offer your own equipment for rent.  It's a perfect example of the new shared economy that we are living in.

 

This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but hopefully will get you thinking about what technology can do to make your business better. I encourage you to talk to other companies about what technology they use, what they like and don’t like, what programs or apps they couldn’t operate without. I’ve found that people are willing to give advice and share their experience. This can be one of your greatest resources.