In 2019, it’s possible that your entire business is run on the web. You may not have office space or typical 9-5 employees. Even if you do have a traditional setup, you likely still conduct a lot of work online. Mobile apps can increase productivity and drive sales if used correctly. There are customer-facing apps designed to boost engagement. There are internal employee apps used to make your workflow more efficient. For example, a good construction management software app can be used to organize your team’s tasks. It’s much easier to hold people accountable if their duties are clearly laid out. Or you might you an app to schedule your appointments.
Here are a few apps that all entrepreneurs should consider downloading.
Keeping track of everything you have to do is tough, especially if you’re a busy entrepreneur. You have to come up with a system to keep track of all of your engagements. A Google calendar works for many people, but it’s more suited for tasks that have specific due dates and deadlines. Some people prefer having a simple to-do list.
Wunderlist functions as an app and a website so you can still access your account even if you lose your device.
Before you to your next meeting, try Accompany. It researches the people attending your meeting and lets you know pertinent information about them. It finds information by using social media, search engines, your email account, etc. If there’s big news out there, the app will find it. You’ll show up looking prepared.
Being an entrepreneur is about having big ideas. You can never predict when inspiration is going to strike, however. You have to be ready to capitalize on an idea whenever hits you. Pocket allows you to do that. You can save information to view later one. Articles, pictures, videos, even information from other apps. Trying to remember everything interesting thing you see in a day on your own is too difficult.
Square is a game-changer. It’s a mobile payment processing system that allows anyone to run their own small business. All you need is a mobile device and a small chip reader and you can officially accept credit and debit card sales. Square will send you your first card-reader for free when you sign up for the app. There are upgrades available as your business grows.
Planning a big project? Trello is a general project management platform. If you’re working in a demanding field, an industry-specific app is likely to be the better choice. However, for many companies, Trell works great. It allows everyone on the team to see exactly what needs to be done. There are even features that allow your team to collaborate.
Think of Trello as a virtual whiteboard. No matter what you’re trying to do, it can help to visualize the steps.
Signing contracts has never been easier. With HelloSign, you never have to print anything out. You can sign PDF documents using the app and return them by email. It’s far more efficient than the old-fashioned method. Once your signature is saved, you can breeze through a contract in seconds.
Because so many contracts are emailed now, these types of apps are very common.
You need to keep good records or you might have to deal with the IRS. Fortunately, you don’t have to be an accountant to manage your own small business finances. You can also take advantage of apps like FreshBooks. You can access your account whenever you to because everything is stored in the cloud. Because it’s designed for people who are not bookkeepers and accountants, it’s very easy to use.
Message and call anyone in the world with Skype. You can also set up conference calls. Using Skype is a great way to keep your team connected if you are all remote workers. There’s a video chat function so you can actually see each other as well. You can organize a company Skype chat without worrying about where everyone is located.
Trying to remember a million different passwords is a drag. This app keeps track of all of your passwords in one place. You can save all of your information. Many people believe that it makes more sense to have a single, master-password that controls everything else. There’s even a browser plug-in so you don’t have to enter everything manually. Doing so is too tedious.