To run a small business successfully, you have to switch between multiple roles throughout the day. As an entrepreneur, you are always on the hunt for ways to increase productivity and organization on the go. Luckily, with explosive growth in technology, a good mobile app can make your life a lot easier.
Here are 10 of our favorite business apps that will help you stay in charge and will contribute to your brand’s success, no matter where you are;
Evernote is an app that keeps all your important information in one place. It syncs automatically with all your devices, regardless of their operating systems. You can attach all sorts of files (spreadsheets, images, docs), set reminders, create checklists, organize text, photos and add voice notes.
Evernote ensures that you don’t lose any important notes or documents. Every business owner should download it on their phone, so that your desk clears up and all your information is accessible with one click. The best part is that it’s free to use!
Evernote does have a premium version that offers some bonus features, but even the freebie version is quite helpful.
No business owner can survive without having access to Google drive on his phone. The Drive app by Google allows its users to edit files on the go. It has a fully-featured office suite and lets you store any type of file. Also, since it is a cloud based software, you can access it from anywhere and at any time. Google Drive offers up to 5GB of free storage too, making it a favorite among entrepreneurs.
Most small business owners struggle to manage their contact lists. Fullcontact, however, lets you organize your contact list beautifully. It is a management app that creates complete profiles of people and companies in your phone, based on the information that you enter- like their web address or social media handles. You can sort these lists into further categories and groups accordingly. No more searching for phone numbers and email addresses of people all over the place!
Launched in 2014, Slack is one of the favorite business apps of entrepreneurs today. It is an instant messaging platform that allows you to organize your team’s chat into separate channels. You can put them in private or public channels and also send a direct message to one another separately.
This cleverly designed app reduces the need for internal emails and unnecessary meetings.
Slack also allows you to drag, drop and share images, documents and other files easily. It is a great platform for efficient communication between all team members simultaneously.
The basic version of Slack is free and you can add unlimited number of members. The paid version costs $8 per month for the standard plan and gives you more options that include full archive of all message history, unlimited app integration, guest access and group calls.
QuickBooks is an accounting software that can be used to manage your company’s finances. The desktop version has a lot of exciting features like tracking profit and loss, payments to employees and vendors, pending invoices and much more. The mobile app of QuickBooks doesn’t have all the features of the original software, but it is still a useful app that helps you track sales, review recent payments and also sends out invoices when you don’t have access to your laptop.
It requires a subscription but a free 30-day trial is available, so you can try it out and decide whether you like it or not.
- AirG chat
Every business owner should have a chat app installed in his phone. AirG chat is a user-friendly app that allows you to talk to like minded people. You can share ideas and get feedback and reviews from more than 100 million members globally.
Make a profile on AirG chat and share pictures and ideas instantly. You can also turn on your location to find out who else is online nearby. AirG chat allows you to have a global perspective on your ideas, which is a really important factor for any business if they want to excel.
If you have multiple email accounts, and find it really bothersome to log in and log out between them, then Shift is the solution to your troubles. It is a free software that makes it easy to switch between two Gmail accounts without the need to log out every time. It is available on Gmail, Outlook and Office 365 currently and can make it very simple for you to access your work and personal email simultaneously. Shift is a great tool for organizing your emails and also sends you notifications on every new email.
Asana is another work management software that is a favorite among business owners. Its simple interface and exciting features makes it easy to handle all sort of work projects.
With Asana, you can create a work space and add your team members according to their projects. Each project has tasks in which the team members can add notes, comments, attachments, and tags relevantly. Each user gets a notification whenever a change or update is made. It was founded by Justin Rosenstein and Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, and this management app has raised more than $10.2 million dollars to date.
TripIt is a must have travel organization app for the business owner who is mostly on the go. This app helps to consolidate all your travel plans in one itinerary. You can access your travel details from any device and at any time. All you are required to do is forward your travel emails and TripIt will do its magic.
The basic app is free of cost but TripIt Pro costs $49 per year. They also have TripIt for Teams version that costs $29 per month for up to 10 users.
Square is a unique app that is transforming traditional transaction methods. Anyone who has this app on their tablet or smartphone can easily accept credit card payments. There is no hassle of a sign up or monthly fee, rather Square charges 2.75 percent of every transaction. This app is very popular among small business owners as it has made it easier for them to accept payments quickly.
With these apps installed on your smartphone, you don’t have to stay chained to your desk anymore. Run your business smoothly from your phone anytime, anywhere! Do you have any other apps to add to our list? Leave your answers in the comments below.