13 Essential Apps Every Entrepreneur Should Have

LindsayParamore by Lindsay Paramore on July 18, 2014
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Being an entrepreneur is a very rewarding experience, but it can be quite challenging when it comes to staying organized. Apps are a great way for every business owner to stay organized and on top of their day-to-day business activities. Here are 13 essentials apps that every entrepreneur should have on their mobile devices.

1. Evernote

Evernote allows you to write and store notes within the app, and you can access them from anywhere. You can record audio notes, pictures and web screenshots (with their “clipper” tool) as well. On top of that, whatever you save in Evernote can be shared and sent to the rest of your team.

Compatibility: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

2. Dropbox

Well-known on desktop platforms, Dropbox is a great app for remotely storing your documents, photos, videos and other files. You can also edit documents within the app and easily share your files with team members or clients from multiple devices.

Compatibility: iOS, Android

3. Skype

Skype is a handy communication tool that offers free instant messaging, video and voice calls, and file sharing. Its paid features include mobile and landline calls, text messaging and access to Skype Wi-Fi public hotspots. It’s a great, low-cost option that facilitates communication and collaboration with team members.

Compatibility: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

4. PayPal

Especially useful if you are dealing with a lot of freelancers, it’s a good idea for every entrepreneur to have PayPal installed on his or her mobile device to easily pay and receive money for business transactions. It’s also a good way to track transactions for anyone with a website or e-commerce storefront utilizes the payment service.

Compatibility: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

5. Dashboard for Google Analytics

Dashboard for Google Analytics allows you to quickly access and track your key performance indicators (KPIs) through the Google Analytics service. It will give you a nearly real-time view of your site’s visitors and their activities (including goal conversions) while you’re on the go.

Compatibility: iOS

6. Buffer

This app lets you read articles now and schedule them to post on multiple social media channels later. You can also use Buffer as a scheduling tool for general social media usage to help you keep up with your customers.

Compatibility: iOS, Android

7. Genius Scan

Genius Scan turns your phone into a portable scanner. After scanning documents or images, you can send them via email or PDF. You can also crop and adjust the perspective of images, and it’s compatible with Box and Dropbox, allowing you to scan, adjust, archive and share files from a single app.

Compatibility: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

8. Hipmunk

If you travel quite often, you can get great deals on hotels and flights with Hipmunk. It also compiles contextual data (e.g. number of layovers, amenities, schedules, etc.) and allows users to rank choices to help determine their best business travel options.

Compatibility: iOS, Android

9. OpenTable

Whether you’re dining with a client or just looking for a nice spot to eat, OpenTable is your best option to make online reservations and to read reviews on potential restaurants. If you’re a restaurateur, this app is even more essential. OpenTable allows restaurants to accept reservations from multiple outlets, including Facebook and Twitter; it also offers email services that allow you to send out special offers and other marketing collateral to select patrons.

Compatibility: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

10. Amazon

Not just for books or music, the Amazon app can help you organize and purchase goods or make wish lists to further your business. With their wide-range of offerings, Amazon’s app is a must-have for all your business shopping needs.

Compatibility: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

11. Jibbigo

Do you often find yourself in different countries or around others that speak different languages? If so, you should download Jibbigo to your phone to help you translate both voice and text. You even have the option to download languages offline. As a free service that translates over 20 different languages, it’s an indispensable app for any business traveler.

Compatibility: iOS, Android

12. Free Wi-Fi Finder

Those who are constantly on the go know how convenient Wi-Fi hotspots can be. Luckily, Free Wi-Fi Finder can do the searching for you, allowing you to save the time and the headaches involved with scrambling for internet service.

Compatibility: iOS

13. Mint

Mint makes it easy to stay updated with your finances and manage your savings while on the go. You can easily create budgets, set goals and record business expenses. It also offers email and mobile alerts, as well as bill payment reminders to help you stay on top of both your personal and business finances.

Compatibility: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

There are many apps out there to help entrepreneurs, and these resources are a great way to get started. With these apps, you’ll have what you need to stay organized and help your business grow and thrive.

LindsayParamore

Lindsay Paramore is an English graduate from Southern Methodist University, and has been writing professionally for over five years. She is an expert in the online marketing field, including content marketing, social media marketing, SEO analysis, and dabbles in photography. She lives with her husband and son in Dallas, Texas.

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