September 27, 2015
Time is probably the most important asset for an entrepreneur. They have to carefully plan every second of their life, weighing opportunities against each other and choosing what best suits their purpose. Every second they save can be utilized for an otherwise lost opportunity.
Smartphone apps have made our lives much more convenient than before. We’re more mobile, more productive and have much more freedom than our predecessors. Entrepreneurs are the ones who can get benefit the most from this; with the right apps they can increase their productivity exponentially. But what are the apps that you should check out? Have a look:
Slack is an excellent app for effective communication within a team. Slack is like a combination of email, chat and file sharing applications. The integration offers with other services help you do all your communication within Slack without having to switch between several apps. The communication can be categorized into channels which make everything more organized. There is a powerful search feature that lets you search by person or time. The mobile app is an extension to the desktop app. Both of which are synced so you can continue where you left off from different devices. Increased connectivity, mobility and better organization always boost productivity.
Expensify helps you track your expenses and saves your time by creating expense reports automatically. One of the greatest features of an app is OCR technology which lets you scan and store receipts and will automatically extract information like vendor, amount and product by entering it in your database. You also have the option to email your receipts to them and the data will be into your database. Very handy when you have to rush to some meeting and don’t have time to manually record the transaction. So with this app you can actually spend time on developing your business rather than spending your precious minutes in saving receipts and searching for them when you need to make a report. Having an accurate idea about your expenses also relieves some stress off your shoulders so you can work better on things that matters more.
Entrepreneurs have to meet a lot of people and it becomes a chore to remember them all. Humin is a contacts app that allows you to add contacts along with where you met them and search automatically for other info about them. You can then bring up the contact and see all of their available info in one place. It also has a search feature that lets you search with terms like “met last Sunday” or “Lives in New York”. Humin helps you remember people as and when you need to. If you are outside and want to quickly look up the people near you, Humin will give you the info you need. You can then set up quick meetings and get more things done.
Another team communication app but with a different concept. Asana combines emails and to-do lists to make assigning and monitoring tasks easier. This app will totally eliminate your needs to use emails to communicate with your team for task management. Tasks can be organized into projects, have their own discussion threads and sub-tasks for a more detailed work flow. You can get an overview of how team performed at the end of the day and which tasks need urgent attention. Asana is designed to increase your productivity by organizing your task-assignment process and make it easier for you to communicate with your team.
Augment brings the future to the present. It is an app that lets your prospects view 3D models in real-time. These 3D objects are simulated in real life environment using the device’s camera so it looks like the product was actually present there. Your prospects don’t have to imagine how your products will look in their shops/showrooms. They can use Augment to actually see it live. All models are scaled to actual sizes and can be used to see what effect the products have on the showroom/shop.
Zoho is a complete suite of office apps. It has everything you need for your office neatly packed into apps and provided as a package. It allows you to manage all your departments in one dashboard. The dashboard gives you the latest updates about finance, HR, administration, Sales and Marketing, Emails, etc. With Zoho you have a complete view of your business from a single place as it is a complete package that provides multiple apps and different software like CRM, Invoice, HR, customer support, Help Desk, etc.,
The main work of an entrepreneur is to form new ideas and think of new ways of solving problems. These productivity apps do the miscellaneous work for you and free up your time so you can spend it on what you do the best.
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