What does it take to run successful business? Besides a great idea, there are a lot of other factors that determine the success of a company. As an entrepreneur, it is ultimately up to you to ensure the success of your business. From bill paying to daily itineraries, there are several components that come with the responsibility of running a company.
Luckily, technology has streamlined the effectiveness of being an entrepreneur by developing apps to solve those everyday needs. Here is a list of the best apps for entrepreneurs.
1. Evernote –
Most entrepreneurs are creative minds. If you are someone who is constantly coming up with innovative ideas for your company and want an application to help you organize and store your thoughts, then Evernote is perfect for you. This free app lets you capture and save anything that you see or hear on the internet while also organizing it into one easy to access location.
You can make notes, to-do lists, ad even search through your collection of ideas based on relevant words. All the information is saved on your portable device and can be shared across any platform including your ultrabook. This is an excellent app to help any entrepreneur stay organized and improve productivity.
2. Card Munch –
If you are an entrepreneur most likely you are doing a lot of networking. This usually means exchanging a lot of business cards or information. At some point your collection of business cards will become too much and you will never be able to find anything when you want to. The Card Munch app allows you to digitize all your business cards into an accessible and responsive data base. You can carry around all your contacts without ever having to shuffle through those pesky cards again.
3. Captio –
This is a brilliant app for any entrepreneur. It is so simple that it will blow you away. You simply open up the app, type a note, press send, and it is sent directly to the registered email inbox. The reason it is so brilliant is that it is optimized for blazing speed. The concept allows any entrepreneur to keep track of their thoughts and will allow for the most important information to always be top-of-mind. It also archives your notes so that you can read them back in a que. Captio is perfect for any entrepreneur who is pressed for time.
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4. Slice –
For an entrepreneur to start and effectively run a business, they will need to purchase everything from office supplies to electronics. Slice an application that keeps track of any of your online purchases. This app connects directly to your email account and will send you receipts, purchase updates, and delivery notifications. Not only does it follow your order, it alerts you of deals and specials while also organizing purchase information. This lets you break down what you are spending by category, which will ultimately help you assess your costs. Slice is a very easy and effective app for all entrepreneurs who shop online.
5. Prismatic –
To run a successful business you need to stay current on all events related to your industry. The best way to do that is to follow relevant news stories on what is most important to you and your company. Prismatic is an excellent app for doing just that. It works as a personal news feed that you program based on your interest. It is a simple layout and interface that is entirely focused on the user’s reading experience.
It has an evolving platform that suggests relevant information to your already determined interest. This allows an entrepreneur to better recognize growth opportunity and will allow them to prepare for any potential changes that may effect the company. If you are a small business you can even program it for a local or location specific news feed. Prismatic is probably the best news source application for entrepreneurs.
6. Notability –
Running an effective company means you are going to be sitting in on a lot of business meetings/calls. Notability is the perfect tool to maximize the information discussed in any meeting. It allows you to record the audio of the meeting as well as lets you take interactive notes. If you have a document you can physically take notes and save it as a PDF. You can also add photos directly to the document. As an entrepreneur this will let you keep track of all the information that is discussed and even make personal notes on documents.
7. Exec (San Francisco location) –
Exec is a brilliant app for all business owners and will soon be expanding to other cities. Currently it is for the San Francisco area, but is receiving great reviews and could be an app to look out for. Most companies require some outside service. Whether it be company lunch, outsourcing a printing project, or any other job that cannot be accomplished within the company. The Exec will solve any pressing issue. You simply tell the application what job you want done and it provides you with an executive assistant within 10 minutes.
This assistant goes through a rigorous hiring process and can assist in any service that fits within the applications list. This is perfect for an entrepreneur that does not want to hire a permanent assistant. The Exec application allows you to have an assistant for the times you need them most. Keep a look out for the Exec app coming to your city soon.
8. Square Credit Card Reader (SquareUP) -
This is more than just an application, it is a mobile store. Square Credit Card reader is a must have for any entrepreneur that offers direct customer sales. It connects to your mobile device and allows you to process credit card transactions without having to purchase the old card swipe machines. This is perfect for processing transactions offsite. The customer even receives an email receipt. This will minimize the carbon footprint of printed receipts and also increase the versatility of your company.
As an entrepreneur there are several struggles that you face running your company. However, technology has advanced so much that there is now an application or device that can make being an entrepreneur easier than ever. Take advantage of the ones mentioned above and please leave a comment on any ones that we missed on this list.
About the Author:
DJ Miller is a graduate student at the University of Tampa. He is an avid gadget geek who spends most his time writing on anything tech related. In his spare time he likes to travel, play soccer, and watch movies on his ultrabook. You can follow him on twitter @MillerHeWrote