Sometimes you need a little ‘tech’ help to make your business life a bit more productive. Thanks to these apps, from productivity to communication and more, you can improve your entrepreneur life with the click of a button.
Don’t have time to check every single one of your favorite online magazines and blogs in the morning? If so, Feedly is the answer. This nifty app delivers, in one place, all the information you need to keep ahead of your day. Curate the best of the web, from your favorite websites, and tune into what matters to you.
Most entrepreneurs don’t have enough time in the day—and that makes it even harder to remember life’s necessities, like laundry. Thankfully there’s an app for that—and it’s called Washio. The affordable, premium dry cleaning and laundry delivery service (with a 24-hour turnaround) is available with the tap of a button for pickup and delivery. It’s that simple. Unfortunately, Washio is currently available in only three cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC residents.
Get a taxi, private car or rideshare from your mobile phone. Uber connects you with a driver in minutes. Best of all, you can use the app in most major cities around the world. Request a ride at the push of a button, impress new clients, and get to your next sales meeting with ease (and in style). Best of all, upon arrival there’s no waiting for a cabbie to pull out an old-fashion credit card processor since Uber will email you a receipt when you arrive at your destination.
Need a virtual assistant to help with data entry? Or maybe you need an assistant to research venues for your next company-wide event? Fancy hands is an app that gives you access to thousands of US-based virtual assistants that are ready to help you with your business needs. It’s simple: Tell Fancy Hands what you need, attach a photo if necessary, and they’ll let you know when they’re done. Membership is $25 per month for 5 requests, $45 per month for 15 requests, and $65 per month for 25 requests.
Need a simple way to stay connected with important contacts? Sidekick, by HubSpot, lets you see who opens your emails, giving you complete privacy, and is ideal for your salespeople who want to close more deals. Meanwhile, if you’re a heavy email user this app aims to help you become more productive. This sales acceleration product arms you and your team with the context needed to sell better and faster. Best of all it can be used as a stand-alone product or integrated with CRM.
This plain text editor is perfect for taking quick notes or jotting down your spark of creativity and new business ideas. It offers an elegant and minimalist writing interface with useful features that include access to Dropbox and local text files, a popup dictionary and thesaurus, versions control and share and export features.
Did you forget to bring an important document to your status meeting? If you have your mobile phone with you—and Dropbox—no problem. Dropbox is a free service that has become the standard for syncing files between multiple devices. Install Dropbox on all devices, and any file you save on one device is automatically available across them all. Nothing beats its speed, simplicity, and ubiquity. However, if you prefer Google’s ecosystem, Google Drive offers more flexibility when it comes to integrated apps. With Google’s suite of document editing apps to accompany Drive, you may decide to use both in tandem (as many entrepreneurs do). Simply put, have all of your stuff with you, no matter where you are.
Need to host a quick video conference call with your team, while you’re in the car service heading to the airport? Hangouts lets you make phone calls (and calls to other Hangout users for free). Best of all, you can include your team in a group chat – up to 100 people and turn any conversation into a free group video call with up to 10 employees. If you haven’t considered Hangouts for your primary messaging application, it’s worth a second look.
Waiting for an important text while in back-to-back meetings? If you don’t want to look like a total jerk with your eyes glued to your mobile phone (and not the presentation), then you’ll need MightyText. You can send and receive text messages from your PC, mobile or tablet. The service runs on your phone and only mirrors the texts your phone receives, so it can’t work unless your phone is turned on and has service. Still, it’s more convenient than pulling it out of your pocket and typing on a tiny screen.
What’s your favorite must-have app? Let me know in the comments section below.
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