With the Internet and mobile devices (such as your smartphone) as your best friends, being a budding entrepreneur in this day and age gives you all the advantage you need throughout the whole process of establishing, building and managing your business.
From planning, product development, accounting, marketing and management, you’ll find online tools and apps that can make your work seem lighter, faster and more convenient. Some of these apps can help you boost productivity, organize tasks, or simply help you communicate better with your employees.
So without further ado, we’re giving you a lowdown of the five best apps that you should download in your smartphones if you are a new or up and coming entrepreneur.
We are all aware that malwares and hackers can strike us anytime right under our noses, that’s why every entrepreneur should protect their password, Wi-Fi-connections and any other type of open network.
The great thing about LastPass is, you don’t just get protection for your online accounts and networks, but you also don’t need to remember every account you ever signed-up to – LastPass will do it for you! So basically, you only have to remember your LastPass account and password, and you’re good to go.
LastPass has both a free and premium version, and it is available for PC, Mac and mobile devices.
- US Trademark Search Tool
Branding is very important, but you also have to make sure that you’re not potentially copying existing logos and visuals that are already used by another company. This does not just confuse customers, but this might cause you legal troubles in the future.
This is where this app comes in handy. The US Trademark Search Tool allows you access to a database of trademarks that are either registered or filed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This will help you come up with more original visuals, logos and taglines for your brand and avoid infringement issues in the future.
You can get the US Trademark Search Tool for free in both Android and iOS devices.
- LetterSpace (Alternative: Evernote)
Got that eureka moment? You need to take note of that, but what if you don’t have a pen and paper on hand? No worries, you can definitely take notes in your smartphone and organize those thoughts using a hashtag on LetterSpace!
Unfortunately, LetterSpace is only available for iOS devices, so for Android users out there, your best pick would be Evernote. Like LetterSpace, Evernote is also a note-taking app that can help you organize and plan out both personal and business projects. It also has a desktop version, so wherever you write down your notes, everything is synced and accessible in any device.
Keeping up with market trends, business and economy news and other current events can be tedious, but with Pocket, you can easily bookmark those information and access them later on your free time.
- Slack (Alternatives: Skype, Google Hangouts)
Communication is always key. So if you want to keep your work and business-related conversations away from the distractions of Social Media, you need a different app for that.
Slack is a good messaging app that can allow you to communicate and share files with your team in real-time. It is available for free, but it also has a premium version too.
If you are hesitant to try a new work-messaging app, you can always go back to the staples such as Skype (wherein you can also form group conversations and share files), and Google Hangouts which can also be accessed through Gmail’s desktop version.
Apps are basically just there to make day to day business decision-making and transactions convenient and well within reach. Success will still be defined by how you position yourself in your niche, manage finances and company resources, and how you treat your employees and customers.
Jessica Radburn is a seasoned writer who enjoys creating helpful articles and interesting stories. She has worked with several clients across different industries such as advertising, online marketing, technology, healthcare, family matters, and more. She is also an aspiring entrepreneur who is engaged in assisting other aspiring entrepreneurs in finding the best office space for their business.