As an entrepreneur or the owner of a start-up, you want two things: to keep your overheads down and to optimize your productivity.
Once upon a time, these two factors would have conflicted. To increase your productivity, you generally had to pay out for it. However, the apps revolution has changed all that, creating cost-effective connections between businesses and consumers – not to mention all the data management that’s now possible on the go. Even better news for those watching their company’s spending is that some of these apps are absolutely free. Let’s take a look at the top five:
1) MyBizTracker. Released by Intuit alongside with Intuit Pay, MyBizTracker is the quickest way to make your life easier. As an entrepreneur, you want to be out there making sales and getting to know your customers. While you’re doing that, you still want to be able to keep on top of your income and expenditure. MyBizTracker provides you with a snapshot of what your money’s doing. On top of that, you can capture and store photo records of invoices, bills and receipts, which means that there’s no such thing as missing paperwork. And MyBizTracker can help you stay on the right side of the taxman too, by sending you reminders about tax deadlines and directing you to sites that offer useful support.
2) LogMeIn. Too many of us have suffered at the hands of frozen or non-responsive computers. LogMeIn is an app that allows you to access your computer remotely, and either find out what the problem is or download those all-important files before the situation gets serious. The only minor criticism is that the screen can get a bit cramped, but that’s a small price to pay for such a great tool. In fact, it’s the only price you have to pay.
3) AnyMeeting. You might think that holding remote seminars are beyond your bank balance, but AnyMeeting can change all that. This free app allows you to conduct webinars for up to 200 participants, share your screen with your audience, link up to six users for webcam conferences, upload YouTube videos and create Power Point presentations, which can also be uploaded. Not to be sniffed at.
4) CrashPlan. CrashPlan is a free backup system for your computer. Its creators reckon it’s more reliable than online backup alone, as it uses a crowd-sourced backup cloud. In essence, if you’re a bit wary of cloud storage, you simply install CrashPlan, create an account and share your secure account code with friends and colleagues. This enables you to back up your computer to theirs and they can backup to yours; your files are safe and recoverable in the event of the much-dreaded crash.
5) StockTouch. It’s never too early to keep an eye on stocks and shares; they might be your own or the trends in the market might inform your next business decision. StockTouch allows you to view the market place as a whole, but also allows you to scrutinize particular categories and even specific stocks and shares. It’s entirely customizable, so you can ensure you’re only getting the information you want to.