It’s that time of year again when folks start to book trips and activities to make themselves feel better and beat the post-holiday blues. And whether it’s gym sessions, summer holidays, or short leisure breaks, mobile devices have made it much easier for customers to make bookings anywhere, anytime. But as a business developing and maintaining an in-house booking system to manage this demand is both costly and time consuming.
Thankfully there’s lots of web-based online booking and reservation management software to do the hard work for you. Many of these SaaS products have accompanying iPad online booking apps that are easy to use and help you to start accepting reservations through your website and social media channels instantly using the booking software.
These iPad apps for the hospitality and the travel industry are suitable for a wide range of industries including hotels, tours, sightseeing operators, bars, hair salons, restaurants, and even one-off courses or events. They allow customers to book and pay for your services or products with a credit card wherever they are with no need to use the phone or contact sales staff.
Here are five of the best iPad booking apps for hospitality and travel. These are subscription-based applications, but most come with free trials so you can get a feel for them.
Mobile devices have made it much easier to track field workers from the office. Field technicians need to be mobile in order to do their job but managing teams outside of the workplace can still be tricky. Enter field service management apps for iPad to save the day!
Knowing what field technicians are doing at any given moment, why certain appointments or meetings weren’t fulfilled, and why others are taking so long is an essential part of managing a modern workforce and vitally important for companies in the service industry that rely on customer referrals to generate new business.
There are a growing number of field service management apps for iPad which service and repair-based businesses can use to enhance the efficiency and reliability of their offsite technicians. Although features and functionality differ between software, all good field service management apps offer mobile apps for field workers that managers can tap into on desktop to track their location, shorten billing cycles, cut down on unnecessary paperwork, and deliver a better overall service to customers. Most offer a lot more too, such as CRM features, invoicing and integration with accounting apps such as Xero or QuickBooks.
Businesses that use field service management apps for iPad are able to achieve better on-time records, deliver better services and most importantly, get more word of mouth referrals and positive reviews from satisfied customers.
So we’ve chosen some of the best iPad field service software to help you manage your mobile workforce. All of them are free but require a subscription to the corresponding cloud-based field service management service in order to actually use them.
Invoicing is sometimes sorely overlooked by small businesses and freelancers. It’s important to keep on top of invoicing clients but this is easier said than done when you have multiple invoices and clients to issue and deal with each month. Missed or inaccurate invoices can lead to delays and headaches further down the line. Nowadays, businesses needs to be able to issue and track invoices on the move and the good news is there are several iPad invoicing apps that can do much of the donkey work for you.
Most good billing and invoicing software has a native mobile app although you may find that some of them don’t give you the kind of features and access you get in the web version. All of them will help the pain out of billing clients without the need for a big finance department though. We’ve picked 7 of the best invoicing software for iPad. Generally, you’ll need a subscription to one of these services to get the most out of the apps, but most offer a free trial or “freemium” mode.
Get ready to transform the way you create and send invoices!
With team members often spread across the globe it can be a real challenge for modern-day companies to manage the reality of a global workforce working together as one. It’s essential that teams are all working on the same spreadsheets, email accounts and chat tools at the same time otherwise inefficiencies are inevitable. Thankfully, help is at hand in the form of iPad collaboration apps.
With businesses spread far and wide nowadays, a lot of iPad collaboration software has cropped up, designed to help manage the logistics and work on projects with others wherever you are. Some cloud-based collaboration applications have iPad apps, while others that don’t have web clients that work well on iOS.
If you don’t give your customers the service they deserve, you won’t be around long whatever field you’re working in. Whether your enterprise is big or small, customers expect to be served day and night and thanks to customer service apps for iPad, you can now provide client support on your Apple tablet anywhere, anytime. It can definitely be worth the investment too. A good customer service app can mean the difference between an excellent customer experience experience or the kind that ends up as a customer service horror story like these. It’s important as well that apps look good on iOS which is why we’ve chosen apps that not only work well but have the good looks that iOS users expect.
Here are five of the best iPad customer service apps that will ensure you and your team can provide the highest quality customer service possible and also that your customers feel valued. Note that some of these iOS apps are based on the best customer service apps as identified in GetApp’s GetRank quarterly ranking system of top business software. This iPad customer service software is free to download but you’ll need a subscription in order to use them. Luckily, most of these apps come with a free trial.
It’s now possible to manage projects from the beach, the car, or even in the bathroom thanks to the rise of the iPad. But the last thing you need when working with a project management app on your iPad is something complex and fiddly. Just because an iPhone project management app is complex, it does not always mean it’s more useful. There’s nothing worse than fumbling around on your iPad to use features and functions you neither need or understand.
There are two things you need to think about when it comes to finding the best project management apps for iPad. The first thing is to make sure that the app helps you to assign and distribute work in the right way. The second and equally important thing is that you can instantly analyze project analytics on the move so you can keep on top of project goals. This sounds easy but can be a tricky to get right because iOS project management apps simply don’t give you enough solutions to do both effectively.
Xero for iPad is the mobile companion to the powerful, good looking cloud based accounting system that allows you to manage your business finances wherever you are. This includes everything from invoicing clients to reconciling accounts, creating expense claims and filing receipts digitally.
Xero for iPad allows you to do almost everything you can do in the web version so that you can manage your accounts when you’re away from the office. Like the web app, Xero for iPad is really well designed with a stylish, clear interface that’s easy to use. It allows you to easily see all of your bank accounts, credit card and PayPal balances, outstanding invoices, expense claims, contacts and other essential info at a glance.
Running a successful fitness business can be just as hard as breaking a sweat in the gym. Zen Planner is designed to take the the pressure off by automating much of the running of your business behind the scenes. Zen Planner is a powerful package that’s packed with tools and to make sure you manage your clients and business as efficiently as possible so you can focus on making things grow.
Zen Planner recently launched a self-service Kiosk iPad App for fitness business owners. The app enhances the membership management process at gyms, studios, and schools, and improves members’ experience in the gym.
Zen Planner can save you significant time and resources because it automates a lot of the administrative tasks that previously required several hours for staff members to complete, such as billing, payments, and scheduling.
Zen Planner’s easy-to-use Kiosk iPad App also helps staff members save time on administrative tasks by enabling members to check in for class, sign up for memberships, pay drop-in fees, purchase retail items, and sign documents, all on their own. By allowing members to self-serve, instructors are given more time to do what they love and interact with members rather than focusing on these time-consuming administrative tasks.
If you have a large workforce all working on iOS devices, it can be a nightmare keeping tabs on them all. AirWatch Agent is a mobility app that gives you complete management for your entire fleet of iOS devices wherever they are in your company.
AirWatch allows IT departments to instantly deploy new devices to employees, configure and update device settings wirelessly, and ensure that all security policies and compliance procedures are implemented on all devices. Using AirWatch your security risks are minimized because it provides you with secure mobile access to corporate resources and you can remotely lock and wipe managed devices wherever they are in the world.