Technology is supposed to make our lives easier. But, with thousands of productivity-focused apps vying our attention at once, it’s tough to know which apps can put their money where their mouths are.
We (and likely many of you) have had enough of being tossed from one new app to another. To combat the endless stream of new products and services, we’ve assembled a list of four free or low-cost apps and services that will help you take control of your internet presence, so you can spend less time online and more time making your clients happy.
As an agent, you’ve probably got more assorted passwords than you know what to do with. LastPass is a low-cost ($3 per month) password manager / security tool. Once you sign up for LastPass, all your passwords will live in one place, and with LastPass available on both your computer and your smartphone, you’ll never run into a forgotten password again.
LastPass will also generate impossible-to-crack passwords for any new accounts you make, so you don’t have to worry about learning a new password ever again.
Still not quite sure if you trust LastPass? Take advantage of their free trial program to help you decide whether this powerful password manager is right for you.
From listing flyers to Instagram Stories, agents often have to be their own graphic designers, throwing picture-perfect flyers, posters, and postcards together on the fly while juggling clients and listings.
Canva is a free graphic design app that provides you with, well, pretty much everything you need to produce beautifully designed assets in a flash. From photo editing to flyer creation, Canva gives you the flexibility to make your marketing collateral look beautiful, on screen and on paper. Unlike Photoshop, there are no confusing menus or keyboard shortcuts to deal with: Everything is set up so you can simply drag and drop the elements you want to include in your design.
You can also use Canva to produce business cards, calendars, postcards and numerous other types of physical collateral. In case you don’t have an existing relationship with a printer, Canva also gives you the option to send your completed designs straight to the printer.
Stumped about how to make something look beautiful? Canva also offers hundreds of free tutorials on subjects from photography to branding, so you can create standout designs and learn along the way.
Real estate is a very paper-heavy field. From contracts to listing flyers, agents are seemingly always dealing with hundreds of sheets of paper, just waiting to fall into disorganization.
Enter your new best friend: Adobe Scan. With this app, you can scan documents with only your phone camera, then send them wherever you want. Whether you’re emailing a contract to a client or trying to track down a specific listing photo, scanning your physical documents is always a godsend when it comes to keeping your internet presence organized.
If you have an iPhone, you don’t even need to download an app to scan your documents.
Head to the Notes app, create a new note, then tap the “plus” icon in the center of the bottom part of your screen.
From there, you’ll be presented with a “Scan Documents” option. Then, just follow the on-screen instructions and you’ll have a scanned copy of your document in no time.
Whether you follow our document scanning advice or not, every agent has to deal with a huge number of files, most of which feel impossible to organize.
With Google Drive, you can import almost any type of document, from PDFs to more niche file types (including .PSD and .AI files for you aspiring graphic designers).
Google Drive provides you with 15 gigabytes of free storage, which should be more than enough for your file-organizing needs. If you need more storage, though, Google provides a number of low-cost ways to expand your Google Drive storage capabilities.
Google Drive is also accessible from pretty much any device with an internet connection, so you can organize documents on your laptop or desktop before checking them on your phone while you’re on the road.
So — what are you waiting for? Download these four apps and take control of your internet presence once and for all.