There are so many different aspects to blogging and so many moving parts, it can be hard to manage it all without getting overwhelmed. I use a lot of apps to help me stay organized, manage my time and keep it all together, especially while I'm traveling or on the go.
Here are the best apps for bloggers to help with managing all aspects of your business.
Stay Connected with the Best Apps
Solis WiFi by Skyroam
The Solis WiFi device from Skyroam is a great solution for keeping bloggers connected! Available in more than 130 countries, you can practically take your Solis everywhere you go!
The plans available give you great flexibility – from a low monthly cost for 1GB of data to have in case of emergency, to unlimited internet for 24 hours or for 30 days, Skyroam is there when and if you need it! You can connect up to 10 devices at a time, which will make you the most popular person around.
Express VPN is one of my favorite apps, and not just because it lets me bypass content restrictions for all my favorite TV shows. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is essential for security on the road – it encrypts your network data so you can be protected everywhere. I use it when I'm home too, but it comes in very handy in random internet cafes or hostels when I want a secure internet connection.
Rebtel: International Calling
Rebtel uses landlines to let you make phone calls, which is amazing! It's great to have in case you ever need to call anyone, or if you're having a hard time finding good WiFi. You can buy top-ups for specific countries (for fairly cheap!) or you can get monthly passes for $10 that let you make unlimited calls to over 50 countries. I usually load $10 credit to have just in case I ever need it.
Available to people in over 180 countries and actively used by half a billion people every day, WhatsApp lets you use your local number to text any other number in the world for free. My favorite feature is the fact that you can keep using your local number even if you are changing SIM cards. The app uses WiFi or data to connect, and in addition to messaging, you can also make voice calls.
I've been stranded too many times on the road without being able to call anyone, so I make sure I have plenty of back-up options. I like Skype because I can use it to call any landline, anywhere in the world, in addition to mobiles. I load $10 to my Skype account and it usually lasts me a year because it's so cheap to make calls. Got me out of a jam when I needed to call my rental car company in another country after getting a flat tire, so now I always make sure I have some credit available.
Tracking Income & Expenses Apps
Freshbooks – Cloud Accounting
I've been using Freshbooks for years to manage my income and expenses, and it's especially helpful on the road. It helps manage finances, send invoices to clients, track the time you spend on projects and organize expenses. It also lets you take photos of receipts so you can have them organized when it comes to tax time.
I love Trail Wallet! Ever since I discovered it, I've been using it non-stop, especially while I'm traveling. While Freshbooks helps me manage my business and blogging expenses, Trail Wallet helps me manage my budget while on the road. It helps keep track of spending so you don't have to stress about staying on top of it.
Apps for Managing Social Media
Buffer – Social Media Manager
Another app I've used for years, Buffer helps me keep schedule all my social media posts so I don't have to worry about staying on top of it daily. I mainly use it for Facebook and Twitter but it's possible to connect a LinkedIn account, Pinterest and Instagram. You can also use it to reply to all the comments as well as monitor your analytics.
UNUM – Design Your Presence
UNUM is my favorite app for planning my Instagram feed! I haven't been able to find any other app that has all the features I want as UNUM does. The free plan gives you 20 or so pictures to play around with, and a small fee gives you access to unlimited grids. Plan your posts, write captions, edit photos, hide photos in your grid to see what works best, and move photos around to get the theme you want. It's a great app!
Tailwind App – Manage Social Media
Tailwind is amazing for Pinterest and the only authorized manager for Pinterest accounts. Schedule all your pins for months in advance, and grow your account with ease. Tailwind also has authorization for Instagram and even lets you auto post. Get a free month trial and see what all the fuss is about!
CoSchedule is a lifesaver when it comes to managing an editorial calendar and scheduling social media posts. The service is amazing for keeping everything organized and saving time by letting you do everything in one place, with ease. It even connects to WordPress so you can edit blog posts right in CoSchedule. Easily create campaigns for each blog post, and reschedule all the related social media blasts with a simple drag and drop!
Facebook Page Manager
I use the Facebook Page Manager a lot to keep an eye on Facebook messages as well as schedule Facebook posts when needed. It connects to Instagram as well, so you. can easily respond to messages from Instagram on the same app. Handy!
Apps for Staying Organized
Google Docs is one of the most frequented app on my phone. I use it to plan (and manage) my trip itineraries, business plan, ideas, and so much more. I love being able to access everything on the go, and offline when I need to!
Asana helps keep me sane, and it's a great tool for organizing your workload and keeping track of deadlines, projects, tasks, and team activities. You can invite people to workplaces if you have a team or just use it. to keep yourself organized and on top of everything!
I use Dropbox for everything from storing copies of my passport, insurance policies, and other important documents, as well as my blogging files. It's good to be able to access everything offline, anytime. If you're new to Dropbox, get 500MB of bonus space.
Install RescueTime on your computer and on your phone and keep track of how you spend your time on both devices. Get daily, weekly, and monthly insights on how you use your time. The app learns over time which websites you find very distracting, and which ones you are productive on. The pro version helps you block out “focus” time and get things done faster!
Website and Content Creation Apps
Manage your blogging on the go! The WordPress app makes it so easy to create posts and pages when inspiration strikes, add photos and reply to comments right from your phone! You can manage WordPress.com blogs and self-hosted WordPress.org sites.
Stay on top of your analytics from anywhere! I started using the Google Analytics app a few weeks ago when I was away from my laptop for an extended period and was dying to know how my blog was doing. With all the features of the desktop service, the app is great for checking in on everything while on the go.
Grammarly is my secret writing weapon! It installs on your browser and on your smartphone keyboard and provides grammar, spelling, and suggestions to keep you writing like a pro. Use it for emails, blog posts, reports, and everything in between – it's so useful, I can't live without it anymore!
Digital Nomad Apps
Access more than 1,300 airport lounges around the world with Priority Pass. It's a membership service, but it's absolutely worth it if you're traveling for more than just a couple of leisure trips a year. The lounges are great for doing work, as they're equipped with WiFi, warm food, alcohol, and comfortable seating. I actually go to airports extra early now just to eat and do some work before my flight. It's saved me hundreds in overpriced airport food alone!
Amazing app for managing your jetlag! If you're working on the go, you can't afford to get bogged down for an extended period of time by jetlag. Timeshifter was created by neuroscientists and provides customized suggestions on how to deal with jetlag and move past it quickly. You can even get suggestions before your trip starts on when to sleep, when to eat, when to go for a walk and bask in the sunlight, and when to avoid caffeine. It's very effective!
Skillshare – Online Learning
So many things to learn, so little time! Skillshare has amazing courses for a wide variety of topics. With the app, you can get them all offline and learn on the go! Get 2 months free and get a head start on your personal or professional development goals, especially while you're on the road.
Adobe Scan – Fill & Scan
This one is very useful, especially if you need to scan documents and send signatures back home when you're not near a computer. No need to pay hotels to scan a document anymore, just pop open the app, scan the document and send off! I even use it to scan things I find abroad and want to keep for reference, but can't take with me because of baggage allowance.
Download: iOS | Google Play
Another app that digital nomads will love. Get real-time alerts about flight delays, gate changes or baggage belts and always stay informed. I've relied on this app so much lately since I had a few scares with not receiving updated and timely information from an airline during changes or delays. You'll even be able to find the closest ATM or restaurant at an airport, get airport maps, and so much more.
Save all your loyalty cards in one place, so you don't have to carry them around with you, or worse, lose out on points because you don't have space to take them with you. Just register your loyalty programs and even take pictures of the front and back of your cards so you can scan them all manually when you need to.
Hope you've enjoyed this list and you've found it helpful. Do you have a favorite blogging app? Tell me in the comments!