Being an entrepreneur and growing your business can be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences, but the road to success is never easy. Entrepreneurship is demanding; requiring an effective work-life balance in order to be successful (and happy).
Thankfully, the small devices that live inside our pockets or purses, for most of the day, can provide entrepreneurs with the tools needed to manage daily routines and inspire success.
You might be thinking, why would I have time to use mobile apps when I have a million other things to do? Good news: many apps are designed with busy people in mind, and require only a few minutes of your attention each day.
Here’s a look at five apps that can give even the busiest entrepreneur a productive and empowering boost during the day:
Checking and responding to email is necessary part of your daily routine, albeit time consuming. CloudMagic is an award winning email app for iPhone, iPad and Android that features full push notification support, improved search a unified inbox and connections to other productivity apps like Evernote and Salesforce with “cards”. Cloudmagic is free.
Todoist, a cloud-based to-do list app, syncs tasks across almost every mobile or desktop device imaginable. You can take advantage of colored labels, filters, recurring tasks and notifications to make sure you don’t miss anything important. Gmail users can even add their emails as tasks. Todoist offers a free and premium version for $29 per year.
For iOS, Android and desktop devices, 1Password helps manage all of your passwords, payment information, software licenses and more. The iOS version features Touch ID support and the app syncs passwords securely across multiple devices. This is a powerful tool for users who consistently log-in to several online accounts. The app offers a free trial and premium options with additional features.
Audvisor is a free app for iOS and Android devices that features quick three minute audio tips from 100+ experts, including Seth Godin and Guy Kawaski. There are currently over 1,000 audio clips covering over a dozen topics, ranging from entrepreneurship to marketing and more.
Signing and sending contracts is never a fun task, especially if you don’t have a scanner or computer nearby. SignEasy helps you say goodbye to paperwork, by helping clients, employees and suppliers sign documents in less than 60 seconds. You can securely sign and collect signatures on iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices. One of the most affordable signing app options on the market, the first 3 documents are free, 10 additional documents are $5 each and premium pricing options are available for pro and business users.
This article has been edited and condensed.
Zach Taiji is a freelance writer and photographer by night and a public relations professional by day. With over four years of technology, marketing/PR, social media and web design writing experience Zach has helped place articles in various publications including Wired, PC Mag and 9to5mac. Connect with @azntaiji on Twitter.