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10 Mobile Apps to Consider Using to Help Grow Your Small Business

10/4/2012
We did a post a while back about the prevalence of apps and whether or not your business needs one.
 
Even if you decided it wasn’t the time to create your own app, changes are pretty good that you use other apps on a daily basis to access information. In fact, each person downloads approximately 60 apps per mobile device — a rate that continues to increase exponentially. And, mobile devices will likely outnumber humans by the end of this year, so that will lead to even more app usage. So, what does this mean for you, and your small business? Small business owners, like you, have a library of apps at your fingertips that you can rely on to organize, promote, and grow your business! Are you using them? Here are my picks for the top apps to keep your business connected and visible.
 
1. Evernote. One of my personal favorites. Have an idea when you’re out and about? See something great that you want to save and share with colleagues? Evernote allows you to dictate notes, type notes, clip webpages, collaborate with friends and coworkers, scan and plan trip itineraries and ticket information, and so much more. All of your information can be synced between your mobile app and your daily computer.
 
2. Hootsuite. An oldie but a goodie. Hootsuite allows you to manage all of your social media networks in one place. From your dashboard, you can monitor all interactions with your pages and track them with their custom analytics.
 
3. Square. Square is allows anyone with a smartphone or tablet to easily accept credit card payments completely transforming the way we can complete customer transactions on-the-go. This app is super popular with small businesses, especially since there are no sign-up or monthly fees, just 2.75 percent of each transaction. According to an article on AdAge, mobile payments will total around $1 trillion by 2014, up from $162 billion in 2010!
 
4. OmniFocus. A little on the pricier side, but worth it! OmniFocus won the Apple Design Award for Best Productivity App because it allows you to manage all of your tasks in one place and sync them with anything you need to. It tracks tasks by project name or number, place, person, date, and keeps everything on your “to do” list easily accessible.
 
5. DocuSign. This app allows you to get documents signed instantly, anywhere. No more waiting by the fax for signed paperwork. Plus, DocuSign docs are legally binding, ecrypted, and trackable.
 
6. Abukai. Abukai makes filing financial reports super easy. You can take a picture of any receipt or invoice with your mobile device, submit it, then receive a completed expense report at the end of a designated period. You’ll never dread submitting or collecting expense reports again!
 
7. Goodreader. You can read virtually any document — small or large — with this app, especially pdf and txt files. Plus, Goodreader allows you to mark-up pdfs quickly and easily. It syncs with just about anything like DropBox, SkyDrive, and all servers.
 
8. Primadesk. Primadesk makes content management easy. It keeps all cloud-based business content organized and accessible through the use of search hash tags. It works well for remote groups who need to share, view, and manage content from a single interface, regardless of where they access it. Plus, I’m a big fan of the drag and drop feature for moving files.
 
9. FreshBooks. FreshBooks was designed with the web-based entrepreneur in mind. You can bill clients via email with clean, professional invoices and clients can quickly and easily pay via PayPal, Authorize.net, and more. You can also integrate it into your current billing software.
 
10. DropBox. Access your files anywhere with this cloud storage app, and you can send large files for FREE! This app may be #10 on my list but it is probably the one I use the most.
 
What are your favorite apps? How do you use them for your business?
 
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