Top 10 Apps To Crush Business & Life In 2018
Like any business professional or entrepreneur out there trying to make it, your phone is your most used tool, hands down. But while the masses are playing Candy Crush and Flappy Bird (okay those games were addicting), our phones are also for doing business. You need high performing business apps that work quickly, integrate with your daily life, and sync up on every device you grace your presence with. You need apps that keep you on track and help you, not frustrate you. Here you’ll find some tried and true apps for entrepreneurs that you should definitely consider checking out. You’ve probably heard of most of them but I’m still willing to bet you’re missing at least one from the list. If not, I bow my head in defeat.
If you are still making your to-do lists in a memo app on your phone or trying to track sticky notes all over the edges of your computer screen, you need Trello. It’s so much more than just a list builder. It’s a project and task management application that is powerful in the way you organize yourself. You can attach checklists, files, comments, or even link files directly from your Google Drive or Drop Box account. It’s completely free for an individual user and can be synced across all your devices.
If you’re an entrepreneur, you’re always on the go traveling for meetups and events. Making use of your travel time can make a huge impact on your productivity and self-growth. Signing up for Amazon’s Audible program will give you access to millions of books that you can download and listen to offline. You need to constantly be learning and this is a perfect way use your time wisely. Amazon has been beefing up Audible Channels which is free for Audible members and contains some great podcasts and original digital content. Of course Audible isn’t free, they charge $14.95/month but they offer a generous 30 day trial to see if it’s for you.Currently if you sign up for a free trial you can get 2 free audiobooks and keep them whether or not you stick with the subscription. Invest in yourself!
3. Drop Box
This is a must have file management app for any business professional. It’s not specific to any email provider, operating system, or device type. Wherever you are, you need to have easy access to upload and download any kind of file. PowerPoints, Word docs, picture formats, audio files, and PDFs are all good to go on Drop Box. They even have a scan feature that lets you scan over a whiteboard or a sketch and it saves it as a PDF. Most people can get by with a free account but they offer some pretty affordable upgrade packages too.
4. Google Primer
If you want an endless stream of bite sized business lessons from Google, this app is for you. They are constantly adding lessons for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and marketers to stay up to date and innovative. Each lesson is typically 5 minutes and it’s a great refreshing education strategy. A couple lessons a day and you will always have fresh ideas and information. Not a bad idea to take business advice from Google right? This is a must have app especially for a beginning entrepreneur.
If you are unfamiliar with Ted Talks it’s time to climb out from the rock you’ve been sleeping under. They have built up quite an extensive topic library with some of the freshest minds in the world discussing anything from business, technology, design, and entertainment. Definitely worth a check-in at least once a week to harvest some fresh insights on the hottest topics across the globe. If video format isn’t your thing they have been crushing the podcast game with similar style.
6. Google Analytics
If you have any business presence on the web today, you need to constantly be tracking the data being generated by it. Google Analytics is completely free and it’d be crazy not to see how the largest search engine in the world tracks your websites. You can see where your web traffic is coming from, track your visitor’s behavior, check your sites speed by individual pages, and the list goes on. This kind of data will help make smarter business decisions like what social media platform to advertise on, or what kind of keywords to make use of in future content. As an entrepreneur you need to work smarter not harder.
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Whether you need to pay for your next e-commerce ad, cover the cost of an Instagram shout out, or foot the bill for any service, PayPal is usually the best option. Connecting your bank account through PayPal also gives you an extra layer of security by keeping your bank and credit card info hidden. They even offer you protection when you are paying for goods or services. PayPal will continue to be one of the top business apps for the foreseeable future and it's a great way to send personalized invoices and track payments that are made to you as well.
8. My Fitness Pal
Trying to get your business dreams afloat (and stay afloat) requires long hours, traveling, and probably less sleep than you’d like. It’s easy to lose track of what you’re eating and lose sight of your health all together. With My Fitness Pal you can easily track everything you’re eating and log the exercise you’re doing. This is great for accountability and it actually gamifies staying healthy as the app also tracks your streak of consecutive days logged in. You need a healthy body to have a healthy mind so I'm counting this as a top business app!
No matter what niche or profession you're in, social media is crucial in gaining an audience, spreading brand awareness, and your overall marketing. Keeping up with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the rest of your online presence turns into a full time job really quickly. Luckily with Hootsuite, you can manage all your social profiles in one dashboard giving you the ability to schedule your posts ahead of time. With the free version you can manage up to 3 social profiles, get base analytics, and schedule up to 30 messages. The paid plans offer even more insights, social campaigning, and multiple user access. They always run a 30 day free trial for their paid plans as well so it's worth a look if you're in need of an upgrade. Investing in a tool like Hootsuite will save you time in admin tasks and allow you to focus on what's most important, your content.
Take a second to think about how many accounts you have across all the tools, apps, and services you use. Can you actually remember the email, username, password, security questions, pin, ID, account number, phone number…. You get my point. If you are one of those people who rely on the browser to remember your login info, then chances are you could use LastPass in your life. It will store all the account information you need so you only need to remember one password. It even syncs to your desktop browser as well for easy logins on all your accounts. No more resetting your passwords every time you need to go pay bills. It’s totally free for an individual user although they do offer team and premium plans as well.
If you had every single one of these business apps you just won…a big virtual pat on the back and a sincere apology for tricking you into thinking you were about to discover gold. For those of you who were missing a few from the list, give them a try. Everything on this list is aimed at professional growth and productivity so you’ve got nothing to lose!
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