The trademark skill of entrepreneurs is their super efficiency. They seldom do all the tasks single-handedly, apart from an efficient team, they take the aid of the latest apps to constantly boost their productivity. While starting a business from scratch, time is of utmost value! Here I’ve rounded up 10 web based apps that are of immense help to entrepreneurs to boost their productivity.
Evernote – The digital notebook Evernote stores everything right from PDF’s, notes, to-do-lists, pictures, web addresses, audio files to storing and sharing documents. The indexing feature makes it easy to search for stored items and the data is accessed via every device – web, phone and desktop. With this app, never again will your documents get disorganized. Right from taking notes, saving articles, setting reminders to storing copies of essential documents such as passport, license and electronic signatures, everything is possible.
Talkwalker – You need a social media monitoring tool that shows the mentions about your brand. Monitoring the online reputation is an intrinsic part of a brand’s PR, entrepreneurs shouldn’t miss this chance of interacting with the people who talk about their brand, identifying the industry influencers and building relations with them. Talkwalker does all this and additionally it has an analytics functionality to benchmark your performance against the industry peers and gives real time results.
UberConference – Most entrepreneurs are bootstrapped in the initial stages, making oversea phone calls all the time burns a pretty deep hole in the pocket. Uberconference, a conference call app comes to your rescue. It has a colorful interface, displays the LinkedIn profile of the participants, call recording and scheduling the calls. This app is perfect for entrepreneurs whose employees are working remotely or from other countries and for those who have international clients.
HootSuite – Entrepreneurs have to establish their credibility and thought leadership in their respective niche and social media is the best channel to do so. Hootsuite, the most widely used social media management app manages various social media accounts and runs campaigns on multiple social platforms via a single dashboard. Additional services include – measuring social campaign results, tracking conversions, scheduling posts on multiple platforms and an in-built analytics.
Dropbox – Dropbox, a cloud based storage web and mobile app is used to save documents, files, images and folders to the same app from different devices and synchronizes it. Invite your clients, employees or co-workers to view and edit the documents. Saving the documents involves dragging and dropping the files in the respective folder. Since it can live on the screen of any device you choose, it is the virtual hard drive that digitally stores every added document.
Canva – Graphic designing is not everyone’s cup of tea, yet striking images are needed in business all the time. An easy solution to this is Canva, a graphic design creation app wherein you can create right from stunning Facebook headers, blog images to flyers and banners for your website and social profiles. With numerous layouts, font options, images and color filters and high quality visuals, it nitro-boosts your visual marketing.
Buzzsumo – According to a report by Content Marketing Institute, 9 out of 10 organizations used content marketing. Entrepreneurs using this marketing strategy would be well aware how difficult it is to come up with engaging content that resonates with the target audience. Buzzsumo offers the intelligence about the type of content that receives the maximum shares thereby easing the task of coming up with sharable and immensely readable content. This idea generator helps in filtering the ideas that work from those that can’t.
Invoice2go – In the initial stages entrepreneurs have to perform multiple roles, the most tedious yet essential role being that of an accountant. Right from estimating costs, managing bills, collecting payments to sending invoices that appear professional, with Invoice2go you have to no more remember unpaid or overlooked bills. These bills can be printed or emailed and there is an additional reporting tool that displays your financial situation in nutshell.
wWhere – Entrepreneurship involves meeting and socializing with professionals from all walks of life including client meets, investor meets and networking events. wWhere, a location sharing web app is en-route to completely eradicate postal addresses. Individual, professional and event pages can be created to let your co-workers, clients and event attendees know your exact location. Indeed a precise way to find out the nearest café, restaurant, bank or co-working space.
HelloSign – The greatest advantage of using electronic signatures is that you don’t have to fax or mail documents back and forth and dispels the need to print these documents thereby saving time. HelloSign allows all involved parties to sign documents while simultaneously being legally bound. Apart from being an online platform to upload and share documents, documents can be signed right from Gmail as it is integrated with Google.