Whether it’s the perfect app for networking, note-taking, voice calling, news reading, blogging, or even meditating, we have compiled a list of 9 apps every entrepreneur should have on their smartphones:
“Weave is LinkedIn meets Tinder (minus the dating) – simply swipe left or right to chat with other like-minded local professionals. Meet CEOs, startup founders, VCs, recruiters and business experts from every field.”
Weave is a networking app for professionals. You can easily sign up using your LinkedIn profile and begin your search for like-minded peers. Whether you’re looking to just network in general, raising money for a new business or a cause, trying to find a new job, or looking for a cofounder, Weave is a good place to start.
“A single place to easily read all the news you rely on to think, learn, and keep ahead.”
Feedly collects all of the publications, blogs, and Youtube channels you frequent daily and put all of it in one place for easy access. Feedly is our favorite tool to keep up with industry news and trends. With the top social media platforms integrated into the app, you can easily share any piece of content you want with your co-workers or social networks.
“Evernote for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch gets you effortlessly organized with notes that sync between all your devices. Be productive anywhere.”
If you’re an entrepreneur, you know you’re always finding yourself jotting down notes or creating to-do lists, so a note-taking productivity tool is definitely an essential. Evernote keeps all of your notes organized and allows you to collaborate with others without having to leave the app. Additional features allow you to keep track of expenses and plan all your travels, and we know entrepreneurs are always on the go!
“Stay in touch with free video calls, voice calls and messaging on Skype.”
Skype is used by almost everyone in our office to communicate with each other. You can effortlessly find and connect with your friends and family on Skype. Voice calls are free and calls to mobiles and landlines are offered for a low cost. With Skype being available everywhere – smartphones, tablets, MACs, PCs, and even TV – being connected to your network is more simple than ever.
5. Amazon Seller Central
“Fulfill orders, find new products to sell, manage offers and inventory, and respond to customer questions anywhere.”
This is a must-have app for every Amazon seller, especially if you’re constantly on the go. The app lets you manage your inventory and orders right from the convenience of your mobile phone. You’re never going to have to worry about being behind on running your Amazon business again with this app.
6. Facebook Pages Manager
“Pages Manager helps admins connect with their audience and keep up with activity on multiple Pages, all in one place.”
As social media becomes a more prominent part of a business’s customer service, it’s important to be timely with your responses on social media platforms and be aware of what people are saying about you. The Facebook Pages Manager app allows you to post updates, photos, and respond to comments and private messages as your Pages. Push notifications also allow you to be constantly updated with your Facebook Pages wherever you go.
“Inspiration strikes ? anytime, anywhere.”
If WordPress is your content platform of choice, you know how important it is to plan out your content and respond to blog comments in a timely manner. If you suddenly have a blog post idea, a draft can be created within the palm of your hand. The WordPress app also allows you to upload media and monitor your stats.
“Square Register is the free point-of-sale app that gives you everything you need to run and grow your business.”
Does your business require you to take payments on the go? Square POS system is designed for a variety of businesses and is super easy and convenient to use. Customers pay, tip, and sign right on the device and all of your sales are recorded for easy access. Customers can choose whether they would like their receipts emailed or printed (if printed, you have the option to connect to a receipt printer), while tracking your inventory in real time.
“Headspace is meditation made simple. Install today to learn meditation and mindfulness in just 10 minutes a day.”
Our last app recommendation is a little different – a meditation app. We know running your own business can be extremely stressful at times, so it’s crucial to take some time out of your busy day to just unwind and relax, and what better way to do it than with the perfect app? Headspace provides guided and unguided meditation lessons from 2 to 60 minutes long for beginners, so that anyone can try it out!
Are you already using some of these apps? That’s great! Share your experiences with us. If you have some of your own favorite apps to recommend, type away in the comments! We’d love to hear them.
Matt Clark is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Amazing.com, a serial entrepreneur, and investor. He’s been featured on Forbes, CNBC, and Entrepreneur.com.