Apps, Apps and More Apps!
Gone are the days of carrying around your 17 inch laptop to every single meeting. The use of smartphones and tablets have allowed entrepreneurs the opportunity to operate their business from the palm of their hand. These new devices are redefining the mobility of business owners.
It is estimated that there are over 400,000 iPhone applications (apps) and over 300,000 Android apps available. These apps range from personal apps like weight management to business apps like inventory management. With a never ending amount of apps available for your business it is often hard to determine which one is a good fit for your business. I have created a list of a few apps that I have discovered to help you get started.
Features: Bump allows you to share information with someone by simply bumping your devices together. Cool, huh? I network all the time and it is great to “bump” my contact information without having to pass a business card.
Price: FREE (The price we all LOVE)
Available for: iPhone & AndroidC
Features: Cozi is free online calendar that allows you to share your calendar, shopping list, to do list and more. This app is ideal for families to keep track of everything.
Available for: iPhone, Android and Blackberry
Features: Hours Tracker is a popular time tracking app. No more time sheets to record projects, this app allows you clock in and clock out of projects tracking the time spent. You can apply an hourly rate that will help you invoice your clients accruately. (Great for graphic designers and consultants)
Price: FREE or $2.99 for the upgraded version
Available for: iPhone
Features: Square is my BFF. This app allows you to accept credit card payments from your smartphone or tablet. The card reader is free and the money is deposited to your account the next day.
Available for: iPhone & Android
Features: CardMunch is the best time saver. If you are like me you have a stack of business cards that you need to input into your CRM system. This app allows you to capture a picture of the business card and input the contact in your phone. Once this is done you can link it with your LinkedIn account to build your network.
Available for: iPhone (Android coming soon)