The use of utility, productivity, and business apps has exploded over the past few years. In fact, business apps were used 30% more in 2016 than they were in 2015. This increased use means apps are being developed and improved all the time, offering a world of functionality to your homescreen.
Whether you’re working with a team or running a one-person operation, any busy entrepreneur can benefit from tools that help organize and streamline work, while saving time, money, and energy. Let’s look at some of the most popular apps that can simplify your life today.
Project Management and Team Communication
Apps for project management and team communication can keep track of progress and deadlines for entire companies or departments, individual projects and tasks. They allow scheduling, task delegation, and much more. Supervisors can easily see which workers are busy and which have time to be assigned additional tasks. Everyone involved in a project can access the information they need, see the calendar, provide updates, share files, and chat with other team members (in groups or one-on-one) in real time.
The following apps are some of the most popular in this category, and each can be accessed on a smartphone, tablet or desktop:
These apps have some similarities in function, but you may find that one of them has specific features that best suit your team’s needs. Contractors working with multiple clients may find themselves using any or all of these due to their popularity and different client preferences.
Information and Task Organization
Entrepreneurs constantly juggle professional and personal obligations. You don’t want to let anything slip through the cracks, so keep track of everything with tools that save time and effort.
The Workflow app combines the functions of a wide variety of apps into a single dashboard for streamlined use. That way, you can do everything inside a single app rather than spending time switching between them and hunting for information to get through your day. For example, you can see calendar reminders and tasks, make a PDF, save photos and create GIFs, respond to texts and emails, use social media, order lunch, and more. It essentially allows you to create your own personalized productivity app. Workflow works with smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches.
If you frequently participate in conference calls, MobileDay may be able to save you a lot of hassle. It gathers conference call times, phone numbers and access codes from your calendar and email so you can connect to the call easily, from virtually anywhere, with the touch of a button. When MobileDay indicates that it’s time, just hit the call button and it will find the most recent update of the call-in number and access code. This eliminates any scrambling to find a last-minute number change. The app dials for you and connects you to the call so you can concentrate on your business.
There are many to-do list apps on the market, but Wunderlist is one of the most popular. This free app allows to you track personal and professional tasks, set reminders, and more. The Pro version allows you to share your list items with others for a fee, and includes file-sharing. The Business version expands its functionality to create a task/project management system shared by a whole team, which operates in a similar way to the apps mentioned above.
It shouldn’t require a lot of extra effort and expense just to get paid for the work you do. Wave is a service that streamlines the processes of invoicing, accounting, and receipt scanning with free software. Keep track of accounts payable and receivable, and stay ready for tax season. You can add Wave’s credit card processing and payroll functions for a pay-as-you-go fee.
Food and Supply Delivery
When you need food or other supplies, but don’t have time to leave work to get them, the ability to order out for delivery with an app can be a real lifesaver. Postmates works with a network of local couriers in a given area to deliver food, office supplies, sundries, personal items, and more. The service is available in more than 100 cities around the U.S.
Since business apps are increasingly popular, new and improved apps are released frequently. Take the time to check out your options. You may find that you’re missing out on a great app that could solve some of your daily business challenges.