Ultra mobile devices like smartphones and tablets have taken over the world by storm. Slowly but surely, they have been edging out feature phones and laptops as the mobile device of choice for many tech-savvy consumers- both for personal and professional use.
Even business people and entrepreneurs are jumping in on the trend. As the saying goes, “There’s always an app for everything.” These apps will surely make any business run more efficiently and productively.
List of Essential Apps for Entrepreneurs
This app allows entrepreneurs to receive credit card payments on-the-go. With Square, every business transaction shall be paperless- no more pens and paper receipts. To further sweeten the deal, Square also provides free card readers to its users. Though the app charges a small fixed fee for every credit card transaction, it still costs nothing to download. Square also has the ability to record sales history, export transaction details to Excel or Quickbooks, and issue refunds, all with just a press of a button.
Evernote is, at a glance, a simple notetaking tool. Though not strictly a business app (it can be used in a wide variety of situations such as schoolwork, clipping articles from the Web, journal writing, etcetera), Evernote’s diverse capabilities make it a handy tool for entrepreneurs. For starters, they could take advantage of the app’s synchronization feature which would automatically synchronize a user’s notes and files across devices that have Evernote installed. The app also boasts an intensive image and handwriting recognition features.
Dropbox’s motto- “Simplify Your Life,” accurately describes what this handy app can do for a business. Dropbox is a cloud-based file hosting service. Cloud storage means that a person can access his or her files from just about anywhere. This is perfect for entrepreneurs who are always on-the-go. Huge e-mail attachments, forgotten files and lost external hard drives will surely become a thing of the past. Most of all, users need not fear for the safety of their files – Dropbox uses file encryption and security measures that are comparable to those found in banks.
Skype should always be included in the standard arsenal of all mobile entrepreneurs. Small businesses have utilized this small gem of an app to make free calls, instant messages and group video chat sessions with their employees and staff over the Internet. All in all, Skype is an amazing, reliable tool for collaboration. The Business Version can be downloaded for free from Skype’s main website (adding extra features comes with a small fee that can be paid on a monthly or per-use basis).
QuickOffice is a full-blown office suite that runs on smartphones and tablets. With the ability to sync with cloud storage services such as Dropbox and Google Drive, QuickOffice is an indispensable app for the mobile entrepreneur. It allows for the quick creation and editing of text documents, spreadsheets and slide presentations.
This new app works on a highly innovative concept- users can ask, give and share advice and opinions with one another. For businesses, this can be a great method to gain valuable consumer feedback. For example, an entrepreneur can upload a picture of a product prototype on the app and then have people suggest improvements for it. Best of all, the app works fast and can be downloaded for free.