What are the best apps to improve your productivity as an entrepreneur this year? Well that is a question not easily answered mainly because they are so many. There are apps for almost everything. From apps that let you order online to ones that will entertain your cats with games.
For entrepreneurs the list is quite long. This is because entrepreneurs have so many needs. Time management, communication, sales and marketing and many more.
Sales and Marketing
There are various entrepreneur apps to improve your sales and marketing strategy. I’ve narrowed it to a few which I feel are most essential.
Attentive – SMS marketing is one of the most effective ways of marketing. It is however rather difficult and complicated to execute. With Attentive, SMS marketing is made easier. It has a user-friendly interface and is also allows interaction with users.
CamCard – Business cards are essential for building networks. They are however very hard to keep track of as they are small and get lost easy. CamCard solves this by allowing you to scan and store all the business cards you come across for easy access. This way all your business contacts are safely stored in electronic form and you can get to them anytime.
Square – For entrepreneurs on the go, Square is the perfect solution to help you run your business, wherever you may be. It is a dynamic payment solution that enables you to process your debit and credit card payments from your mobile phone.
Hunter – A simple, yet very useful app for any marketer. It does one simple thing: it lets you find email addresses in seconds and connect with the people that matter for your business. You simply enter the domain name and it will give you a list of email addresses of the company in question.
Productivity: Time Management
Time management is one of if not the most important skill for an entrepreneur to master. As a businessperson, you will always have a lot to do and little time to do it all.
Entrepreneurs thus need tools to help them track how they use their time and even help save a few minutes if not hours.
Here are a few entrepreneur apps to help you.
Probably one of the most popular project management tools out there. It utilises the Kaban system of management by classifying tasks into three columns: “To Do”, “In Progress” and “Done”. These can then be shared among team members to keep track of tasks and sub-tasks.
Microsoft’s To Do
A simple ‘to-do” list for all your daily tasks. The tasks can even be time-stamped as a reminder. Once completed, you can cross them out. So, by end of day, you can check what you actually managed to do and what is still pending.
X Mind (Mind Map)
This one helps you capture your ideas quickly and also helps in the aesthetics of presentation. It is based on the idea of Mind Maps which are said to increase one’s memory by about 32%.
In a digital era, full of distractions remaining focused on a singular task has never been harder. There so many things vying for your attention. Fortunately, there are entrepreneur apps out there dedicated to helping you get that razor-sharp focus required for every successful entrepreneurial venture.
While there are many apps in this niche market, none comes close to Rescue Time. It has a FocusTime feature that blocks other websites when you are trying to focus on your work. It also allows you to set limits on the amount of time you can spend on apps and websites on a daily basis.
The Pomodoro technique is used by many entrepreneurs to improve their focus and productivity at work. Its main idea is to chunk up work into intervals, usually 25 minutes, of uninterrupted work with 5-minute breaks in between.
You ever wonder where all of your time goes to waste? Well, Clockify attempts to help you do just that. It enables you to keep track of your time and record what you are doing at every second. This way you know how exactly you spend and maybe even help to allocate it better.
Based on Getting Things Done (GTD), the popular time and project management for entrepreneurs. With this app, you can take on huge daunting projects into smaller achievable tasks with time limits.
This is probably any modern writer’s best friend. It helps you correct spelling and grammar mistakes. It also uses a powerful AI to proofread your document and check it for plagiarism. And the greatest thing is it works everywhere. From Instagram to Twitter posts, blog posts or sending email, Grammarly will ensure that you use the right words.
Adobe Creative Cloud
This a suite of Adobe’s 20+ desktop and mobile apps and services for design. You can choose between photography, web, UX, 3D and many more.
It is an all-under-one-roof shop for any creative project. Moreover, all the work is synced across devices so that if you, for instance, stop working on your laptop, you can pick it up on your phone/tablet later.
In the Creative Cloud you get all of Adobe’s programmes in one place for all of your creative ideas.
SEO is essential for any online writer. With Yoast, you have a tool that will ensure you get the best SEO ratings you can. It will also help you make your content visibly attractive and easy to read even for a nine-year-old.
As an entrepreneur, you simply must delegate. There is usually so much to do, especially, if you are just starting out. Here are two places to get professionals suited to any task you might need accomplished.
This is probably the largest platform for professionals in the world. There you can find a professional for every task you can imagine at a pocket-friendly fee. Find experts and fellow entrepreneurs to get your business going.
This platform also provides a wide range of professionals. With Yougig however, your projects are tracked and managed from start to finish. Get help selecting the right professionals, tracking the project and final delivery.