March 22, 2015
Startup entrepreneurs often need to juggle many roles, ranging from administrative assistant and accountant to project manager and marketer. But thanks to technology, things have become much smoother. Today, there is a wealth of apps available to help small businesses streamline their operation, some of which come with a free version to allow small businesses appraise their features before opting for a paid version.
Here is a list of 6 free apps for entrepreneurs to save their startup money. While some of these apps are absolutely free, others offer a free trial period for new users.
This invoicing and time management app is especially beneficial for freelancers and small businesses. Nutcache is a multilingual online application that allows users to create an unlimited number of invoices and estimates. Better yet, you can use your own logo in all the documents.
The Time Logger app from Nutcache allows you to track time and include the recordings in your invoices. It is available on both Google Play and Apple’s App Store. This app allows you to add notes to time entries and link the recordings to various projects and tasks. It even runs and records time even if your smartphone is turned off.
In addition, you can attach documents to your bills, estimates and expenses. The best part of this app is that it allows unlimited number of transactions even with its free version.
Dropbox is a cloud-based web application for storing and sharing documents. It is a multitasker’s savior that allows you to save your documents, images, and video clips and access/share them with others at anytime, anywhere using connected devices.
Everything’s automatically private with Dropbox. Using this app you can work with your clients or employees in remote locations to share and edit documents and synchronize files. Worrying about sending too large files has become a matter of past with Dropbox. Not just that, it also allows you to create personalized folders and save documents accordingly so that you never lose a document.
In addition, Dropbox offers apps for iOS, Android, Windows, BlackBerry, Mac, and Linux. The free version offers 2GB of file space.
EchoSign – free for 15 days
Contracts and other paper documents take up a lot of your space and keeping them organized is a time-taking and daunting task. EchoSign is an eco-friendly solution to say no to papers. Just upload your documents on EchoSign and send them to the other party to get them signed digitally.
This app makes signing contracts an easy and hassle-free business, thanks to its E-sign capability. No scanner or printer is required with this tool. All you need to do is type your name along with your initials and this E-sign app will save and store all your signed documents on its server. You can access them whenever you need. EchoSign is a paid app from Adobe but it offers a free global trail package for 14 days.
Want to build a stunning website without worrying about coding? Wix is the thing for you. The best part is that it is all free.
You don’t need to be tech savvy or design centered to create eye-catching websites. Wix helps to create fully customizable HTML5 websites and blogs. It offers hundreds of drag and drop templates available in every category. You can swap out your old website and create an updated version within minutes. It also offers secure and reliable web hosting and all the websites and blog created on Wix are responsive.
Entrepreneurs with a stronger tech background are already leveraging Wix’s market app, which allows users to connect their personal apps with this platform. It therefore provides another potential marketplace for app creators. Other attractive perks offered by Wix include online store setup, easily trackable statistics, and round the clock customer service.
eFax – free for 30 days
eFax, as the name suggests, offers online fax service. This app allows you to fax by email through your PC or mobile, making fax machine a thing of past. You can send and receive faxes at anytime and from anywhere and also archive them digitally. eFax also sends an e-mail notification whenever you receive a fax.
The 30-day free trial package provides you a local fax number. The entire process is secure and private and there is no risk or obligation involved.
Tracking time is effortless with Hours Tracker. You can use the in-built timer or make entries manually with a few quick taps. The app will calculate your earnings automatically, taking overtime into account. You can also review past entries and export your data as a text summary or in CSV format by various categories such as date, job or selection. With its built-in reports, you can see when you/team members have been working on which jobs. The pay period reports provide a great option to keep track of paydays.
With the free edition you can store up to 3 jobs and around 21 days of entries.
All these apps are great options for cutting expenses and streamlining business processes, especially for startup entrepreneurs. They even help you become more efficient and productive, freeing your man-hours from various unbillable tasks, apart from making you more organized. Besides, trying the free version is a good idea to verify whether or not it works for you before investing in the paid version.
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