Technology is evolving even as I write this, so double check prices and services when you look into these services. But, right now, six of these are free, and the other four are really inexpensive. Combining them all will only cost around $10/month, and you'll be managing your real estate business on the road with efficiency and covering all the bases.
I am constantly testing and playing with the latest in online, software and hardware, but there is this core group of services that seem to stay on top of my list because they're simple and easy to use, as well as free or inexpensive.
1. Gmail - The Foundation for an Entire Management System
Gmail is simply the best email platform around, allowing realtors to organize their entire business around it and the various set of tool that are integrated with it.
GMail is still a totally free service now.
2. Google Calendar - Tight Integration With Gmail
You can use Google Calendar to manage your meetings, appointments and events. There's the added benefit that it ties into your overall business management system (Gmail). The high points are:
Google Calendar is free now as well.
3. Remember the Milk - Task Management the Easy Way
The top four or five articles at this link will show you how RTM, Remember the Milk, works. I use it for transaction task management because:
The free level of RTM should work for most people.
4. Evernote - Simply Fantastic for Information Gathering & Storage
I can't begin to tell you in this space how many things I do with Evernote. At $45/year for the Premium level service, it's worth many times that. The following video describes a massive 50 ways to use Evernote in your real estate business.
5. Xpenser - Simple Bookkeeping In the Cloud
Just one article at this link tells it all. Do simple accounting for your real estate business in this free online service. And, it takes voice input from Jott.com, just like the Google calendar and Remember the Milk.