We understand the struggle of outdoor guiding competition. Being an entrepreneur is tough enough. Starting an outdoor business in this age of constant connectedness is something else altogether.
We can’t do anything to help the lack of cell service in the woods, nor would we want to. The woods wouldn’t be the same. But we can offer a few ideas for making the most of your time when you’re back on the grid. Stay on top of your work, even when you’re traveling and you’ll have that much more time to escape into the wilderness.
Here are seven apps that will help you do just that.
You spot a great article on marketing your outdoor business in your social media feed (like these), but there’s no time to read it. What do you do? Put it in your Pocket and it’ll be there to read when you have a little more leisure.
This app is as simple as it sounds. Any web page or link can be added to Pocket with a simple tap on your smartphone or click on your computer. And Pocket is all cloud-based, so something you save on your phone can be read on your desktop and vice versa. Try saving things throughout the day rather than stopping your workflow. Then spend some time in the evening reading.
Multiple guides? Multiple hunters? Messaging your guides with a mix of iPhones and Androids to schedule hunts or locate hunters can become a nightmare. Especially when you’re trying to do it in a timely manner.
Groupme solves that problem by streamlining all of the text message formats so that they’re delivered seamlessly to everyone. You’re notified when a message comes through just like you would be for text or iMessages. You can create as many groups as you’d like. The members are free to leave the group at any time, and you can add people as needed.
Groupme keeps your group communications aligned which is something any team leader can use.
Social media management is an important part of your marketing approach. Nothing makes
it easier to manage all of your social than Buffer. It integrates with every social media platform you can name (and probably a few dozen you can’t), allowing you to post instantly or send scheduled posts to any and all of your connected accounts.
Target certain posts just for Twitter; blast others to Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and more. Compose drafts and save them until you’re ready to post them.
Buffer gives you easy, centralized control over your social media, even when you’re always on the go.
Todo has become a favorite amongst entrepreneurs and busy professionals of all kinds. It is unparalleled in its task- and calendar-organizing capabilities,
Part of what makes Todo stand out is its intuitive layout. It makes organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling a breeze. You can assign tasks to specific people, set reminders, and search your to-dos. Of course, everything is cloud-based so you’re organized across all devices.
Even if you remember an important task in the field with no signal, type it into your phone. You’ll be back in business as soon as you’re back in service.
Your business may revolve around the outdoors, but that doesn’t mean you’re not engaged on a daily basis. You’re probably buying things for your business all the time that could be tax deductible (don’t quote us on that).
Expensify lets you track all of those purchases on the spot and in real time. No more hunting for receipts in your pockets and through your gear. Take a photo with your phone, and a digitized version is stored for you to view, tag, account for, and organize.
Even the newest entrepreneurs need to hire new team members now and again. Of course, by the time you admit you need to hire someone, you may not have time in your day to do the hiring. Proven has an answer.
Post your job to Proven, and Proven posts your job to more than 25 other job posting sites. If needed, it still also post it to your own website. Then it lines up all your applicants for easy review and lets you quickly sort them. It’s like having a recruiter working for you 24/7, even while you’re out in the field or on the water. When you’re done, you’ll have a new employee in addition to these apps to keep your business running!
These apps will help your outdoor business reach new heights without you doing all the heavy lifting. Stay in touch with everything that matters—the great outdoors included!