When it comes to running a business, there is always at least one thing that business owners wish they could do better. Fortunately, thanks to today’s technology, productivity for a business can be redefined, from streamlining projects to better managing client accounts.
Nowadays, a mobile phone or tablet equipped with all the latest and most effective applications is replacing the personal assistant as the must-have tool for anybody running a business. Of course, app stores are like labyrinths, full of copycat programs that don’t deliver on their promises and even some malicious software.
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Here are the top 10 business apps that you’ll certainly want to be looking into if productivity and success are on your wish list this year:
When you’ve got more than a dozen accounts and programs to use to run your business, all of which require a different password, it can feel impossible to remember them all. Using the same password for everything is unsafe. LastPass will help you store all those passwords close-by, and also help you generate secure passwords that are difficult to break. Just make sure you take the same amount of care in keeping your phone protected.
Evernote is a flexible note-taking platform that’s relevant to pretty much every imaginable line of work. Whether you need to jot down key points from a conference call or make a to-do list, you can go back and search through all your notes later. Suitable to keep all your ideas in one convenient place.
Running a business usually means having to handle work from every location, including unsecured public networks. Hotspot Shield will let you continue to use Wi-Fi wherever it’s located, while protecting confidential data and emails from being tapped into by others squatting on the network looking for something valuable.
Business requires a lot of paperwork, but carrying documents from place to place is far from desirable and, depending on the nature of your business, could be a breach of PCI compliance in certain areas. CamScanner takes photos of physical documents and turns them into web-friendly images instantly, reducing your reliance on paper.
Whether you need to determine how long you spend on certain projects, or if you’re in the middle of consulting work for a client, the Time Recording app is great for making simple, thorough, and (best of all) accurate timesheets for all work-related activity no matter where you are. While you may not need to be tracking your own hours, having this deployed in your organization can make payroll for work done outside the office much easier.
Tethering is great when you need internet right then and there, but not every mobile plan supports it. FoxFi is an easy-to-use, user-agreement friendly way to turn your phone into a mobile hotspot, creating internet for you and your employees where there was none before.
LogMeIn lets users access the whole of their PC’s file structure from a mobile device. Not only will you have access to all of your files and documents, but the app also supports cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive, and even can run some business applications remotely from a phone or tablet.
Task lists are an important tool in keeping a project organized and making sure everybody has something to contribute, but it can be inconvenient if not recorded or stored somewhere where everyone can access it. Asana creates mobile checklists that can be shared with the entire team so everyone knows exactly what needs to be done.
HootSuite is hardly a new tool for businesses to make use of, but anyone in charge of posting to your business’s social media accounts will be grateful to have use of this app. HootSuite can manage communication over multiple social networks and can easily create post-dated content to keep your brand visible even to the night owls.
1. Campfire Now
Messenger apps are a dime a dozen, but Campfire allows for easy, fast communication between employees or just those working on a specific project. In addition to text, users can send photos or any other kind of files for easy sharing and collaboration.
It appears that each day apps are becoming more prevalent and more powerful for entrepreneurs and small business owners alike. If you want to take your business to the next level, starting with these 10 business management apps will surely help you run a more efficient and productive operation.
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About the author
Today’s guest blogger is Russel Cooke, an online entrepreneur who enjoys writing about today’s technology for better business management. He also enjoys sharing his knowledge on business branding and customer service, which you may read more about on VirtualPhone-Number.com’s blog.