Make Running your business easier with Apps.
Making your life easier is my mission and with these smart Apps you are sure to save time.
I’m pretty sure that none of us has time to use (or even try) 21 Apps. That’s ok you can pick and choose which of these great Apps will make your business easier. With that said, here’s a long list of potentially interesting Apps that can make running your business easier:
Mint is made by Intuit (the same folks who make TurboTax and Quickbooks). It lets you monitor your spending closely, set budgets for spending, send you notifications when you’re “out of pattern”, etc.
Very much like Mint but it gives you more customization options. Which means it might also be more complicated to learn. Worth checking out, though.
I love this. I’m using it right now. It makes sounds. It improves your focus and productivity by providing you with an acoustic environment of your choosing. Want to feel like you’re in a coffee shop? Train tracks? Night sounds? The hum of a fan? It’s all here. (My personal favorite is a combo of steady rain…with a touch of light wind and thunder.) (Available on computer or phone)
Same basic idea but with more “people” sounds. (coffee shop, restaurant, university cafe, etc.)
My favorite team messaging/communication app. We switched over to Slack in 2015 and it’s eliminated thousands of emails.
Still the king of making free and ultra-cheap phone calls. I’ve noticed more unreliability lately but only enough to mention it…not enough to stop using it.
This is for project planning and task-management. But, it’s also casual enough to put your family and home “to-do” lists here. Much better than a regular to-do list and with the ability to assign tasks to users, set deadlines and receive notifications, there’s some built-in accountability as well.
Same problem, different solution. My Minutes tackles your time-management problems by letting you set goals for how you spend your time.
Based on the highly-praised “Pomodoro Technique” of time management, “Be Focused” is a timer app. The general idea is that you set your timer for the default setting (usually 25 minutes) and you take a short break after the timer goes off. After four repetitions of this, you take a longer break (15-30 minutes as a rule).
Remember The Milk
If simple to-do lists are your thing, this is a fun one that’s been around a long time with a lot of great features.
Same problem, similar solution. You might like the animations on this one. Plus I like how the colors automatically change based on task prioritization.
If video conferencing is a must in your line of work, then Fuze can help you get over all the bugs, laggy meetings, and lost connections that plague this medium. Host high-definition meetings that any device can join, without a hassle.
A life-saver and — at something like $99/year — it’s worth every penny. Dropbox is a cloud-storage and synchronization service. I create and save 100% of my work inside my Dropbox folder….which means I can go to any of my computers or laptops and pick up right where I left off. And when I’m on-the-go and someone needs a file, I can use this app to copy the URL and let them download it for themselves with complete privacy. (I haven’t had to send an email attachment in forever). Highly recommended.
Handy when traveling. Take pictures of your restaurant, hotel, taxi receipts, etc. and Shoeboxed will scan them for you and make them available in PDF format.
You’ll never use a taxi or hotel shuttle again. If they’re available in the city you’re staying in, definitely download the app and use them.
Docs by Google
A very “Microsoft Word-like” word processor that lets you write and store your documents in Google’s cloud storage. Handy for being able to work on documents anywhere without having to worry about installing special software. It’s hard to do serious writing on a phone but the app version is handy for making quick edits or jotting down quick thoughts.
A second phone line for your phone. Very helpful if you want a second “business line” but don’t want to give out your actual, personal phone number.
This app is handy when you need to scan a physical document and email it to someone (such as a form with a signature). Just take a photo of the document and JotNotPro will convert it into a full-size PDF file, just as though you put it into a scanner.
Great service for situations where you need to capture information quickly and save it whether it’s a snapshot, a drawing, a to-do list, lecture notes, pictures of a slide presentation, etc. I use it for grabbing ideas. Sometimes I’ll see a billboard with good copy or a magazine ad that would make a good lead-capture design….so I’ll Evernote to snap a photo. That way, I never lose a good idea.
This app allows you to record and audio AND submit it to Rev.com for immediate transcription. They’re fast and reliable. You get the first 10 minutes free and then I believe it’s around $1/minute for transcription after that. Great for transcribing podcasts or calls.
This app allows you to get all sorts of meditations that will guide you. Awesome way to start your day.
With the right small business apps, you can cut down on the tedious, boring, annoying, time-intensive every business owner has to do, and deal with the issues that require more thought instead.
That’s why you became an entrepreneur in the first place, right?
All the best,
P.S. Be sure to leave a comment below to let me know which Apps you like best.
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