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5 Essential Apps for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

Building a business is not easy and sometimes it seems like technology only complicates the process. There are now over 1 million apps in the app store, which makes finding useful apps extremely difficult. In light of this, the Boomtown team has compiled our list of the top 5 apps for business owners and entrepreneurs can use to simplify their lives and work more efficiently. It’s about working smarter, not harder.

1. Evernote

Evernote is a powerful tool for on-the-go note taking, organization and idea sharing for the modern business owner. Whether you’re managing a to-do list, saving a webpage or excerpt to read at a later time, or planning an upcoming trip, the Evernote app is easy to use and sync across all your devices – including your desktop.  Evernote also allows you to verbally dictate notes, save photos, and bookmark them so for easy organization and access. Evernote has also partnered with Moleskine to create a planner that uploads hand written notes into Evernote by taking a picture of them. Use it once and you’ll be hooked. The Boomtown team sure is!

Evernote Mobile App

evernote to-do list

evernote photo mark-up

2. Dropbox

Dropbox allows businesses to store their data safely and easily share them with other team members or clients look here. Whether you’re storing photos, videos, music or simple text documents, Dropbox’s mobile app makes it easy to access anywhere, anytime. Dropbox is free to download and use, and gives each user 2GB of storage. Dropbox also has a unique referral program where basic (free) members can get 500MB of additional storage for each referral, capping storage off at 16GB.

Dropbox mobile app home

Dropbox camera upload

dropbox pdf viewer

3. Hootsuite

It’s no secret that social media has quickly become one of the most important tools small business owners can use to promote their business. The only problem is, managing social media across multiple platforms can become time consuming and tiresome. Enter Hootsuite. Hootsuite allows you to manage your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare and more all through a single dashboard. Hootsuite allows you to schedule and manage tweets, posts, and messages all through a single interface. It’s like having a professional social media manager on staff at all times. Hootsuite will also give you basic reporting capabilities for free, with extensive reporting offered for a small investment.

hootsuite mobile streams

Hootsuite compose a tweet

Scheduling a tweet in Hootsuite

4. Skype

Skype is one of the world’s most popular video chat services, and allows businesses to stay connected wherever their employees are. More than just a world-renowned videoconferencing service, Skype also allows users to connect via instant messaging and voice chat. Skype’s application is also extremely flexible and you can connect on virtually any device.

Skype mobile app

Skype video chat screen

Skype instant message screen

5. Mint

Mint originally gained popularity as a personal finance app, but it didn’t take long for small business owners and entrepreneurs to see its benefits as well. Mint aggregates bank accounts and credit cards, and automatically categorizes your transactions, saving you the headache of having to analyze each transaction line-by-line. The mobile app is great for an on-the-go snapshot of your spending, and syncs automatically with the desktop version. Mint also allows for you to easily download your transaction reports into excel for to save offline and analyze.

Mint mobile app overview

Mints budgets screen

Mint recent transactions

What other apps do you use in your day-to-day of running a business? Let us know and we’ll check them out!

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