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5 Types of Business Apps Solopreneurs Need To Succeed

As a solopreneur, you have a lot on your plate. Here's a look at a variety of business apps designed to help you manage your business more effectively.


As a solopreneur you have a lot on your plate. With the bulk of business activities and tasks piling onto your to-do list, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. That’s why it’s vital to create systems that help you automate, organize, and design a business that works smarter.

Photo: Kellee Marlow, founder and Host of Spark | Source: Courtesy Photo
Photo: Kellee Marlow, founder and Host of Spark | Source: Courtesy Photo

Here’s a look at a variety of business apps designed for B2B or B2C purposes to help you manage your business more effectively.

 

Work management apps

If you’re a service provider, coach, consultant, or deliverable-based solopreneur, you need a client portal where clients can easily access ongoing projects and the full scope of work.

A web and mobile work management platform helps to organize, track, and manage work. It keeps all of your client-facing pieces of the puzzle in one place – which helps you stay organized and efficient.

Asana, Monday.com, Trello, ClickUp, and more can help you better manage tasks, documents, chats, goals, etc. The key is to find a platform that is intuitive so you don’t spend hours each week bogged down in tech.

 

Scheduler apps

Having a calendar is great. Having an automated scheduler is even better. Once you start serving several clients at once—and managing sales calls, referral meetings, and other business operations—you will start to drop balls if you schedule by hand.

An automated scheduler removes the chance of human error. Anyone who needs to meet with you can book a call by clicking a personalized link. The best part is that scheduling apps give you the opportunity to send automated follow-up messages with meeting details so you don’t have to waste your time with reminders.

Those random five minutes here and ten minutes there can now go back into your bank of productivity hours to use on tasks that need your time and attention… like money-making activities. Let scheduling apps like Calendly, Accuity, and Thryv focus on the tedious minutiae.

 

Social media posting apps

Social media posting apps allow you to automate content management and post on numerous social media platforms more efficiently. One of the best ways to save time on marketing is to batch content. Batching content means writing multiple blog posts, recording a variety of videos, or creating several podcasts in one sitting.

This focused effort gives you the power to accomplish more at one time instead of switching between tasks throughout the day. You can schedule one day a week, every other week, or once per month and create all of your content on those days.

When you batch your content, you need to distribute it on key social media platforms at certain dates and times. Since you’ve created the content ahead of time, you can simply load it into an automated social media posting app, configure settings, and view your analytics later. The posts will launch at designated times on the specific dates you chose.

While your audience appreciates your omnipresence, thanks to apps like Sprinklr, Loomly, MeetEdgar, and MavSocial, you can start to work on other tasks that need your attention.

 

Project management apps

Your project management app may be the same, or different, from your work management (i.e., client portal) app. Work management apps like Asana, Monday.com, Trello, ClickUp, GanttPRO, and Hive offer robust project management features.

Even as a solopreneur, it’s critical to track your progress, see your workload at a glance, and manage your time all in one place. A project management app will give you a user-friendly dashboard to see what’s on your plate, by high and low priority, and help you make better daily management decisions. how to structure your week.

Manage all your team’s work in one place with Monday․com. No more endless e-mail threads or long meetings!

Project management software is great for finding your cadence in business. Amid all of the projects required to work on your business (e.g., marketing, sales, branding, etc.), it’s essential to leverage an app that can also support you working in your business – client deliverables.

 

Accounting and finance apps

Accounting and finance apps will save you hours (if not days) as they automate your accounting behind the scenes. Every sale and expense is accounted for in real-time – saving you energy and preventing any confusion later. Popular accounting apps include Quickbooks, FreshBooks, Xero, Bench.co, and Wave Accounting.

Give customers payment options, get lower rates and faster deposits, and have your books reconcile automatically with QuickBooks Payments.

If dealing with accounts payable, accounts receivable and billing and invoicing, budgeting and forecasting, cash management, general ledger, and financial reporting, inventory, job costing, payroll, or purchasing sends you into overwhelm – let tech do the heavy lifting. Speak with your accountant and set up the right app for your business to make accounting easier for you.

QuickBooks Online – Invoicing. Invoicing software that makes it easy to get paid.

 

Automate your business to run more smoothly and efficiently

When business systems and processes are automated you can focus more readily on what matters most and enjoy your life. The above-mentioned apps create positive workflows that give you clarity. They also give you the power to not sweat the small stuff.

As a solopreneur, there are a lot of menial tasks that can take you away from what you’d rather be doing in your business. When this goes on for an extended period of time, you can easily grow to resent your business. So, take the time to research and select the best technology to support your business needs. As a result, your business will run more smoothly in the long run.

 

Kellee Marlow is an Impact Entrepreneur, Business Strategist, and Motivational Speaker. She built her career by embracing disruption and identifying innovative concepts and technologies that challenged people to think differently. Kellee created a science-proven catalyst mindset, focused on empowerment, innovation, and inspiration that guides people to realize their goals. As the founder and host of Spark, on KXSF.FM and 8+ global online platforms, Kellee pinpoints and shares the underlying value of the expertise from change-makers in psychology, wellness, business, and innovation with her audience. Kellee’s expertise has been published in media outlets including MSN.com, Yahoo Lifestyle, Redbook, and more. 

 

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