10 Great Productivity Apps for Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs are always on the go. There is so much to do with so little time to accomplish it that things can get a bit overwhelming. They are always looking for tools that can help them stay productive and save valuable time during the workday.
Here are the ones I consider to be the absolute must-haves for entrepreneurs. These apps would definitely make your life a lot easier and the best part: most of them are free.
1. Evernote – for taking notes and tracking daily to-dos
I love Evernote and it’s definitely my best friend. It increases my productivity and ensure that I do not forget anything connected with my business. It let me write everything from short to-do lists to blog posts. I can make notes, save websites and capture handwritten notes and snap photos. It lets me build slides and the best part: it sync across all devices.
2. EchoSign – electronically sign any document
If you’re an entrepreneur or freelancer, it can seem like a never-ending stream of DOC’s and PDF’s that needs to be printed and signed. Thanks to EchoSign now closing any deal is no longer a hassle.
With EchoSign, you can not only prepare estimates, contracts, agreements, and other documents to be legally e-signed but it gives you real-time visibility into the status of your document. You could also store all your documents or agreements in the cloud and can use all these features from your iOS or Android device.
3. Skitch – take screenshots and annotate them
Skitch is created by the makers of Evernote. This app allows you to take screenshots and annotate those directly using different shapes, annotations, and sketches. Apart from screenshots and photos, it also lets you open and highlight changes in a PDF file.
4. Mint – your financial life, all in one place
With Mint, you can see what’s happening with all your accounts – checking, savings, investments – at any moment of the day. You could set a budget and create a plan to reach your financial goals. It also automatically labels each expense with a category — groceries, credit-card payments, gas and so on. You can use customized tags to create more specific categories, and you can add notes to each transaction.
5. Pocket – bookmark something you want to view later
Pocket is a bookmarking app which allows you to save any type of content – including short or lengthy article, any report, any tweet you like or any useful line from the web, to all your personal devices. The best part if you are not online you can view content that you bookmarked with Pocket.
6. Dropbox – free cloud storage
Dropbox allows me to store my data safely and easily share it with other team members or clients. Whether I am storing photos, videos, pdf documents or powerpoint slides, Dropbox’s mobile app makes it easy to access anywhere, anytime. It is definitely a lot better than storing files in computer or pen drives.
7. Square – process all kinds of payment
Square lets you accept debit and credit card payments using your smartphone. Sign up for Square and they will drop you free Square Reader in the mail. Plug the Square Reader into the standard headset jack of your smartphone or iPad and you’re done. You can start receiving all kinds of payment. This device and the account has no commitments or long-term contracts, and you can swipe payments even without a signal. It also lets you send receipts, collect customer feedback and print sales reports.
8. Skype – take collaboration to another level
Skype lets you call anyone for free, anywhere in the world. You could get a group of people together on one call and hold a meeting or video conference – you can add up to 25 people. This app lets you send files, photos and videos of any size. You could also share screens with other team members and collaborate together on a project.
9. HootSuite – manage all social media accounts
HootSuite lets you manage all social media accounts and schedule messages right from the dashboard. You could post to your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google Plus accounts all from this one app. HootSuite’s auto-schedule feature allows us to spread messages out over a number of days and measure ROI (Return on Investment), making it invaluable for time management.
10. Asana – for task management
You could stop working out of email and start with Asana.
Asana is a team management tool that lets you create tasks for work you plan to do or need a teammate to do. You could organize your tasks into shared projects for your initiatives, meetings, and lists. You could set due dates so work gets done on time. The best part it lets you add files from Dropbox, Box and Google Drive.
What are your favorite productivity apps? Please share in the comments—I’d love to know!
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