Mobile Apps for Businesses

5 Mobile Apps Every Business Owner Should Use

Business is on the move. Whether you’re composing invoices on an iPad or negotiating a contract on an Android phone, mobile devices are the key to 21st Century success.

This is a list of 5 mobile apps for business owners that will allow you to move about and still get everything done.

Evernote

Evernote provides simple integration of notes and information from your mobile device to your PC. It’s like having a pocket recorder, pen and paper and scrapbook all in one place. You can even ‘clip’ web pages for future use.

Cost: Free (There is a Premium version that offers additional capabilities.)

    Pros

  • Easy note taking
  • Integrated with desktop
  • Records audio
  • Allow web clippings right from most browsers
    Cons

  • Need to remember to use it
  • Can be a bit cumbersome if you are in a hurry
  • Writing function is okay but is a bit large

Freshbooks

Freshbooks is a full service invoicing and accounting app that allows you to work from anywhere remotely.

Cost: Starts at $19.95 per month

    Pro

  • Cloud data storage
  • Access from anywhere
  • Integrated with desktop
  • Allows for customized invoice designs
    Cons

  • Cost is prohibitive unless you will use it enough
  • Some info might be hard to see on smaller screens

Fiverr

Fiverr is a website that allows you hire freelancers for $5. Sometimes you can get a lot for $5, other times you pay a bit more.

Cost: Free (You pay for the work itself.)

    Pros

  • Easy access to thousands of freelancers
  • Experts in nearly every field
  • You can choose how fast the work gets done (you might pay more for speed)
    Cons

  • You pay for what you get (A 30 page white paper for $5 is not going to be great.)
  • Payment is made in advance (You will need to set it up.)

Skype

Skype is a communications app that allows for instant messages, group messages, calls and more.

Cost: Free (Premium service with telephone calling available.)

    Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Integrates with desktop so messages are in both places
  • Keeps a message stream for easy reference
    Cons

  • Costs to make phone calls (Google Hangouts is free to make calls, for example.)
  • Can really interrupt your day if you aren’t careful

Our Groceries

A shopping list app that helps you keep track of what you need at home. Not strictly for business, if you use it, it will save you a lot of stress at home.

Cost: Free

    Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Allows for a shopping list on your phone, which you always have
  • Remembers what you write; you can include favorite brands
    Cons

  • You actually have to enter things when they run out
  • No longer have the excuse that you forgot

There are millions of apps to choose from and many are excellent. Every year, developers refine them as they learn what you need. The most important thing with every app is to use it. Other than that, your phone or tablet is now the most powerful ever invented.

About the Author

Jack Signorelli is the owner of soundviewadvice.com and is an expert at business coaching.

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