Freelancing keeps me in the world of the young. When I go out on a shoot or to a particular job site I watch these twenty-somethings do amazing things with their phones. You know, more than just email, text and talk. They really are whizzes when it comes to apps. They go way beyond games and pictures and music. They use apps to help them with work and their social environment. As mid-lifers we APParently need to tune in. The following Apps are gems for mid-lifers.
Uber App: Uber connects riders to drivers it's called a ride sharing service. Think upscale cab service. No cash involved, no tips involved and it's all done through a smartphone app. You can track the car service location on the app until it arrives to your door. Larger cities have more cars and the drivers unlike cab services get up to 80% of the money, Uber takes 20%. In larger cities many use Uber to get to work everyday. Uber drivers keep their cars in good condition. There is also Uber Black, which is more expensive as it is the luxury line of cars that will be picking you up. Uber tells you the price of your fare before you are picked up so there are no surprises. Four is the magic number of passengers allowed in most Uber cars, unless an UberXL or UberSUV vehicle pulls up. No additional cost for extra riders; yep you read right, that taxi extra person fee is waived! On average a group of four can get to a reasonable destination for 20 bucks or under! For the record I know someone who has used the service and raved about it.
No Wait: More and more restaurants are not taking reservations. Especially the popular ones that everyone is trying to get into. The choice is yours, you can wait for 45 minutes the old fashioned way. Other option, you can just leave the restaurant because the wait is too long and be mad as you drive off with that taste in your mouth never being satisfied... Lastly you can keep up with the times and put your name in line on No Wait. This is basically a wait list floating in the cloud that allows you to form a line with your smart phone. You can browse restaurants that you want to attend and see what their wait times are, then put yourself on the wait list via phone. The app will show how many people are in front of you then it texts you when you are about to be seated. If you are still holding onto a pager or a buzzer (the germs have me itching just thinking about it) you are wasting a lot of valuable time. This is a Free service and the app is also Free. The down side, NoWait Host is only available for iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch).
MileIQ: This app is a dream come true if you work for yourself, or if you are a free lancer like me. It automatically detects every drive you make and stores it into the cloud. Afterwards you can go on your phone and swipe to the left if the drive was personal or swipe to the right if it was business. You can even track when you do charity work. It does all the calculating and pricing for you. At the end of every month you can print out what your tax deduction should be, or you can print out the reimbursement you are due for a single commute. No more trying to figure out distance with gas prices and trying to log how many miles the drive took. Let your app do all the work. You get 40 drives a month for free. That's not enough for a freelancer like myself so I pay a small fee of $5.99 a month. Seriously, that is so worth taking the stress off any entrepreneurs back. Here's the Mile IQ recap in a nutshell... the app automatically logs your drives, calculate their value, and can sync the mileage reports with your tax, expense, and accounting software. Oh stop! You're welcome!
Yes, apps can be scary the older you get but they can save time and make life so much easier. Some of them are also fun. Prime example, are you wondering if you are a mid-lifer. It's your lucky day I can provide assistance if you are on the fence. Here is a web based app that will not only confirm whether or not you are of midlife age. It provides so much information that it could trigger a midlife crisis. CLICK HERE ONLY if you can take the heat of an app called You're Getting Old! It's quick, it's fun, try it! On a more serious note here are The Top 5 Apps that can help those older than us namely our parents! Look them over, get them on their smart phones and teach them how to use these apps! Chances are you may need some of them as well.
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