15 Must-Have apps you need to productive as an entrepreneur

Actually, the list made by KnowStartUp originally consist of 22 apps covering everything you could think of as an entrepreneur to make your job easier. I picked this 15 because of their popularity and reliability

1. Evernote

The beauty of Evernote (which is available for free in Web, iOS and Android versions) is that it can be whatever you need it to be. Need a simple place to store notes or track thoughts as they occur? Evernote has you covered. This is the app for syncing notes across mobile and desktop devices. If you’re just starting out with your small business, you’re probably going to be bombarded with advice from every angle. Evernote serves as a great space in which to organise these nuggets of wisdom.

2. Dropbox

As with Evernote, it probably isn’t a surprise to see Dropbox on a list of recommended productivity apps. Boasting 500 million users, Dropbox is the most popular platform on which to store and share files on the cloud. Though Dropbox could probably benefit any small business, its services are especially useful for companies that have telecommuters and need a reliable way to share information.

3. Mailchimp

If you’re looking to send better email, Mailchimp is a must. This email marketing tool helps you manage your mailing lists and easily create newsletters to send to your subscribers. With this tool, you can build and customise email templates, build a list of subscribers, send out campaigns and view reports of how your emails perform. With this information, you can learn more about your customers and send them more relevant emails in the future.

4. InstaPaper

The Internet is filled with good reads. There are great articles and blog-posts out there just waiting to be read when you are at work because procrastinating is human .You convince yourself if you don’t read the article right away you will lose them in your newsfeed among the various pictures your friends have been posting . Instapaper is the best app to cure procrastination. It saves articles or blog post to your account and can be read at a convenient time. Your Instapaper account can also be synced to all your devices so that you can read all of your articles on any devices.

5. Audible

Ever wondered where entrepreneurs get their ideas from? Surely, they aren’t born with them! Any established entrepreneur you come across is probably very well-read. Hint: Take a chance at reading books and gaining knowledge to spruce up your mind. To help you do just that on the go, try Audible. It lets you listen to books without having to actually focus on reading while you are out travelling or just doing chores.

6. Skype

Although several competitors have made valiant efforts to knock Skype off its videoconferencing throne, this app remains notably effective, not to mention popular (with more than 8 million reviews on Google Play).

Probably the most effective method for remaining in touch with all your employees, Skype has become an office norm for instant communication and connectivity. With its app version available for mobile phones, connectivity has taken a new form by allowing entrepreneurs to schedule and attend important business conference calls on the go.

7. Expensify

While travelling, you probably want to keep your receipts to claim office expenses once you get home. But why go through the hassle of keeping all these receipts when a smart phone can do the same for you? By using your phone’s camera, you can take pictures of your receipts as a digital record in a chronological order. Expensify also lets you log mileage, meal expenses and other business-related travel costs.

8. Lastpass

In an age of digital insecurity, forming secure passwords is an absolute must – but who has time to remember all those different combinations of letters and numbers? If you struggle to keep your online accounts secure, Lastpass can help by generating, storing and automatically recalling strong passwords for all of your Internet logins. It’s free to use on both PCs and Macs, though you’ll pay $12/year to have the premium version available for download to your mobile device.

9. KanbanFlow

On KanbanFlow, a web-based app, managers can assign tasks to their colleagues, upload documents and schedule due dates. KanbanFlow visualizes your workflow and simplifies communication among team members. What’s more, KanbanFlow’s basic version is free and works on most smartphones and PCs and Macs. The premium version costs $5 per user per month and comes with features such as file attachments, revision history and a cumulative flow diagram that lets you analyze your work history. To get the premium version, first sign up for a free account, then click on the “get premium” button at the bottom right corner of the board.

10. PayPal

This is a convenient platform with which to pay people and get paid, something you’ll have to do a lot of as a small-business owner. PayPal lets you link your credit and debit accounts and other bank accounts to your PayPal account, thereby making transactions quick and painless.

PayPal’s standard merchant service plan is free and allows you to accept credit cards and PayPal on your site and in store. The Pro plan costs $30 per month and comes with added features, including the ability to host and customise online checkout (both options charge 2.7% per swipe for mobile and in-store payments and 3.5% plus 15 cents for manually entered sales, and 2.9% plus 30 cents for online payments and invoicing).

11. Wunderlist

If RTM lacks in any one area, it’s visual appeal. So if you’re a more graphically-inclined entrepreneur, take a look at Wunderlist – a perpetual favourite on lists of the best “to do” trackers. The program is easy to navigate and can be used to quickly and efficiently track important tasks from within its free desktop, Web, iOS and Android versions.

12. Tomighty

Tomighty like Focus Booster is a desktop timer and that alternates between 25 minutes of work and 5 to 10 minutes of breaks for better productivity. It’s similar to the Focus Booster app except that Tomighty is a desktop timer and is available on MAC & Windows

13. HP ePrint

All of us have wished for a printer that connects to your documents, photos and files on your phone and tablet. HP ePrint App makes it happen. You can wirelessly connect to printers and print documents, photos etc.

14. Cam Scanner

Camscanner lets you effortlessly scan your documents and convert into a PDF with just your phone. You get clear scanned copies of your documents on the go.

15. WhatsApp

WhatsApp is without a doubt the most popular app today and it’s also arguably the best messaging app.On 2 March 2016 WhatsApp launched ‘Documents’ to its instant messaging service, enabling users to send and receive PDFs. Given most of us are familiar with WhatsApp’s user interface, this is an easy and reliable way to transport documents around a small yet growing startup team.

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