Owning a business can be overwhelming. No matter how many employees you have, if you run into trouble, you’ll need to step in and guide things. From creating invoices, keeping up-to-date on customer relationships, managing email campaigns, hiring freelancers, or buying and selling on the mass market, apps can be very beneficial for entrepreneurs to stay productive.
But you sure as heck don’t have the time to be scouring the app store for the right resources, now do you? That’s why we’ve compiled the ultimate list of the best apps for entrepreneurs to help you be more efficient, organized, and productive in all your business endeavors.
Mailchimp – Email Marketing
With more than 14 million users, Mailchimp is a heavyweight for email marketing. It makes it a breeze to send marketing blasts out. Create, view and edit subscriber info, start and run campaigns, and view real and all-time statistics on sales and email interaction. You can even share accounts with others in your business so that everyone is on the same page when emails come and go.
Fiverr – Freelance Services
If you have tasks that are small and quick, Fiverr can help you out big time. Freelancers complete an assortment of tasks for a fee of $5 – $995. Some have add-ons to increase the value of the package but it’s up to you if you want them. From graphic designers, consultants, creative and accounting, you can hire people from around the world with proven reputations. There’s no long-term contract or exchanging of paychecks. Simply search for what you’re looking for, then browse the professionals available and choose your package. Depending on the depth of the project, the freelancer’s workload and the deadline given, you put in your order for completion. You are automatically billed when you accept it, or you can work with them on edits until it’s just right. The best freelancers are those with the most generous reviews.
Wallet – Money, Budget, Finance Tracker
This app is a well-oiled financial machine that will make keeping track of your money easy. You can set up your reward and gift cards, connect to any of your major bank accounts, and set budgets and goals for yourself and your company. The app will automatically update your finances based on your bank transactions, and you can add your own income and expenses made with cash and credit card. Set different budgets and savings goals, look up detailed histories of your accounts and share your information with those close to you like a spouse or partner.
1Password – Storing Passwords
As an entrepreneuer, you have logins to a million different accounts, so how do you keep them all straight? The safest and most efficient solution is 1Password, a one-stop-shop that stores all your logins and passwords in organized categories and folders. It’s the safest solution in a world with privacy concerns and virtual hackers. You can even add employees or associates to your account to share certain logins with them. No more worrying about a paper trail!
AliExpress – Shopping
With millions of products that are produced by thousands of companies around the world, someone in sales would benefit greatly from this app. There’s free shipping on 75% of the items and it’s as easy as entering keywords to find what you want. You’ll get secure payments in eight currencies, with buyer protection, instant access to your orders, and notifications of your automatic order fulfilments. It’s right up there with Amazon for a virtual marketplace, but better because it excels in mass production and stock clearance. Having an account to resell or find producers is as beneficial as using it to order parts for your own business.
HubSpot – CRM
Hubspot is a free CRM for entrepreneurs and businesses with small customer bases. It’s free and allows you to build customer profiles and keep track of your history with them. There can be a million profiles and anyone can access them, meaning it’s easy to share new customer information with your sales team. You can see recent sales, contact history, search by money, name, stage, and owner. Keep their information updated, and add notes to each profile to make each personal and unique. The app gives you access to all your customers, their contact information and the records of your interactions with them. This can be very handy when you’re catching up on calls or sales appointments and need to keep track of scheduling, results and logging new customers and business prospects.
Invoice Manager – Create, Send, Invoice and Estimate
With 20 different templates and styles to use, this lets you create invoices fast and easy. You can make time sheets, expense tracking, inventory, quotes, estimates and cost calculators. Track receipts, customize the layouts of the invoices, save and back them up, import financial information from programs such as Freshbooks, Quickbooks and Wave Accounting. You can also accept credit card and Paypal payments, automatically have taxes processed, and print invoices or email them. Import your customer details, save and sync them to a cloud, and view expansive reports that will summarize your invoice statistics.
Pocket – Bookmarking Content
You are pulled in a million different directions, so when you see an article or post online that you want to read but don’t have time for, just use your Pocket app to save it for later. You can save articles, blogs, videos, and more, so you’ll never have to wonder where you read that ridiculously captivating headline ever again.
Zoom – Virtual Meetings
As an entrepreneur, you’re likely traveling a lot. You probably also have meetings with people that are across the country. There’s no better way to communicate remotely than with a video call. Zoom allows you to host and join virtual meetings from anywhere in the world. Zoom also offers solutions for webinars, as well as set ups for phone systems and conference rooms if you have a physical space for your business.
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