By Simon Scholten
In today’s world, technology is quickly evolving, and entrepreneurs and small business owners alike need to keep up with this change in order to stay ahead. Web- and phone-based apps provide the opportunity to streamline processes, manage different priorities, and ultimately save time and money. Here is a list of apps recommended by Northfield Enterprise Center for 2016:
Evernote allows the user to create separate digital notebooks where they can store information and media related to their company. This lets you to bypass the traditional paper-based file keeping and instead store business-related documents electronically. This saves space and creates an easily accessible record-keeping system.
Throughout the day, internet access has become a necessity in order to stay in contact with others, research competition, or manage the daily operations of a small business. Free Wi-fi Finder brings up wi-fi hotspots near you where you can work on the go. This can help save time and prevent you from using up an entire month’s worth of data in one afternoon!
This app allows users to send cash, receive payments, and split bills electronically. Through Venmo, the user can engage in transactions entirely digitally without having to bring cash with them at all times, or even run to the bank at all.
Networking is crucial in any business, but especially for entrepreneurs and small business owners. HumIn records information regarding who you met with, the time, the location, and stores it in an easily accessible format.
Budgeting is a reality for both businesses and individuals. Mint offers an easy-to-use interface to track expenses, revenue, and savings plans from your phone or tablet. This can help save time and space when dealing with finances.
Monitoring the competition can take up a large share of time when shifting between different information sources. Through TrackMaven, entrepreneurs and small-business owners can specify what types of market information they would like to know in order to simplify the information-gathering process.
After a productive meeting, it’s always a good idea to take notes. However, this seems to be something that people constantly forget about. Letterspace provides a free organizational app to manage, arrange, and rearrange notes, making it an easy-to-edit tool for entrepreneurs.
This app provides a marketplace for web businesses, domain names, and smartphone apps. Flippa provides an easily accessible auction listing for those interested in buying or selling online goods.
This app works as a bookmarker for websites, articles, and online material. Pocket allows the user to save and store content for reading later, and once content is saved entrepreneurs can access it when offline as well.
Google Drive has quickly become a must-have for entrepreneurs and anyone who wants to manage multiple documents, spreadsheets, or presentations. This app allows users to access the same document from multiple devices, and sharing with others is as easy as clicking a button. Additionally, changes can be made offline and the document will be updated once you are connected to the internet again.