Startups are, by definition, fast-paced, dynamic little creatures. But moving too fast without knowing whether everyone is working on the right things can stall your momentum, or even kill it. You can't just wing it.
About 50% of small businesses fail in the first five years, and tech startups fail at a rate that’s estimated to be as high as 90%.
Besides having an amazing team to support your new startup, you also need cutting edge apps to help you work smarter in less time - and with the restricted resources you may have when you start out.
From handling transactions and scheduling meetings, to creating brand awareness and keeping track of receipts, there’s an almost unlimited array of tools emerging every day to ease the path to business success. The following 15 are our essential picks for iOS.
Business On Tapp - The source for entrepreneurial ideas & answers
Great businesses are built on great ideas. Business on Tapp puts the power of industry in the palm of your hand, giving you access to a wealth of how-to videos, knowledge from the experts, and a great platform for networking.
With the official app for crowd-funding super-site Kickstarter, it's even easier to be a part of bringing the latest creative projects to life. There are plenty of tools for project creators looking to bring in those vital dollars to get the ball rolling.
You can quickly get an overview of how your fund is progressing, the number of backers and funds raised so far, and communicate with backers via message and by posting updates from wherever you are.
Lack of communication is the enemy of any company, big or small. Slack keeps your team together and talking, wherever they're based. Chat with colleagues, track project progress, manage files, and more, all under one app roof.
Time is usually at a premium when you're your own boss, and even more so when you manage others as well. With Pocket, you can still stay abreast of the latest happenings, but at whatever time that suits you. Bookmark articles, videos, and any other web content you like the look of for your offline perusal later.
Evernote - capture notes and sync across all devices. Stay organized.
The king of productivity apps, Evernote is a must-have for anyone building a new business (and everyone else, for that matter). Take notes, collaborate, store info, documents, files, images... this app's still the full package.
Looking to get into the business of buying and selling web businesses, domain names, and smartphone apps? The smart Flippa app gives you access to a marketplace of 600,000+ entrepreneurs and thousands of auction listings at the touch of a finger.
Asana, from developer of the same name, looks to streamline your everyday tasks among your team members. Like a private social network for your team, it provides a speedy, minimalist interface that quickly lets you add tasks and share them with your team members.
The app provides free unlimited usage - meaning you can add as many tasks, projects, comments, conversations, and attachments as you want for free, for teams of up to 15 people.
Mattermark is the best way to keep tabs on growing companies. Filled with juicy data on employees, funding, competitors, and industries, it's a single place to keep an eye on the business world.
You can also take a look at the company’s funding history and check out to see if it has grown, a key feature for startup investors. Mattermark also makes it easy to keep track of any company’s latest news and upcoming events.
Before writing zillions of lines of code, you should definitely be designing a pen-and-paper mockup of your ideas as a guide. POP - Prototyping on Paper lets you take those sketches and scan them, then add tappable hotspots to link between them. Share your creations with your user test base and get quick feedback on something that actually looks and feels like your app will.
An essential app for any small or growing business, Mint brings financial management to your fingertips. This app compiles all financial accounts into one spot to provide a quick overview for business owners. Each transaction can be categorized so you can track expenses, revenue and monthly spending with a simple visual chart. The bill pay reminder feature is an added bonus for on-the-go (and forgetful) entrepreneurs.
Buffer for Twitter, Pinterest & Social Media Scheduling
If you have multiple social networks that you need to manage, you'll need a great social media management tool that's up to the task.
Buffer is here to help you achieve your goals in terms of reach and engagement with your social audience. This application helps you schedule your social media updates (Facebook, Twitter, G , Linkedin) so you don't need to worry about manually publishing anything. Keep all your accounts in just one place and go back to check the posts' performances.
Basecamp is one of the most well-known project-management apps out there, and might just be the easiest to use of the bunch. The interface is streamlined and intuitive, and it’s easy to invite collaborators, chat within projects, attach files, create checklists, and track your progress.
With Basecamp, you pay per project instead of per user - users are unlimited. Plans start at $20 per month for 10 projects and go up to $150 a month for unlimited projects.
Google Analytics not only measures website activity, but also mobile app analytics and can give you stats on activities from all the major social networks. Find out about new users, returning users and more.
It comes with a lot of features and can help you understand traffic patterns, traffic sources, conversions, bounce rates, paid search statistics, and a whole lot more, so you can improve on whatever needs to be improved upon.