Top Seven Apps Every Business Owner Should Use

by September 19, 2016 0 comments

The apps market has grown manifolds and by 2020, consumers are projected to spend over 101 billion U.S. dollars on mobile apps via app stores.

Thirty-three years before in 1983, Steve Jobs gave a speech at the International Design Conference in Aspen (IDCA). The theme of that year’s conference was “The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be,” and there he predicted the rise of software distribution center similar to the record stores.

Later in 2010 at the 21st annual words of the year vote, the American Dialect Society voted “app” as the word of the year. We have come a long way since then.

There are over thousands of business apps available – both paid and free – which can easily help you in reaching your short and long term business goals. From keeping a track on all the important meetings to money management, business Apps are very much in demand and according to one report they are the third-most popular App category this year.

Through this article we are going to present a list of Top Seven Business Apps which business executives will find very useful.

 

Pocket

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For business owners constantly on the move Pocket helps them to save article, video or link which they want to read or watch later. It’ll sync across your phone, tablet, and computer so you can come back to read or watch it whenever and wherever you’d like.

You can save email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly from your computer to Pocket.

It has a clean, easy-to-view layout and you can always customize it to match your reading style. The other feature which is very useful is that it helps you to discover new stories, personalized recommendations and the people you follow.

Top Features: Unlimited storage, Tags to quickly get organized, Text-to-Speech, Compatible with Safari, Chrome, and Firefox extensions, Offline feature.

 

Wolfram Alpha

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The Wolfram Alpha app is a mobile version of the website and it can be deployed for almost any task. It can work out dates, times, food, complex mathematical equations, the weather and so on.

Wolfram Alpha relies on its vast collection of algorithms and data to compute answers and generate reports for you.

This app is based on Wolfram’s earlier flagship product Mathematica which is a computational platform involving computer algebra, symbolic and numerical computation, visualization, and statistics capabilities.

Wolfram Alpha is excellent at answering to mathematical queries and scientific queries, but it also can provide results based on its structured data.

Top Features: Analyzes every query, equations and natural language questions to gauge what the user is asking.

 

Toggl

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Most of the time tracking apps out there focus on features like billing hours to clients, creating invoices and more. Services like Harvest are really good at that though most of those features are paid.

Toggl is one of the simplest and free time tracking app with multiple platforms and report features.

Apart from time tracking you can easily pull reports which makes the whole process of invoicing easy and convenient. You can generate weekly and monthly views for all your projects, clients, and total hours.

You can also export the report in a PDF or CSV format to share with your client if required.

Top Features: The visual representation via graphs and pie charts.

 

CamScanner

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If you’re on the move and need to scan a document quickly, then try CamScanner.

CamScanner turns your smartphone into a portable document scanning device. It uses the camera on your smartphone to take a snapshot of a document and then provides additional options for sharing the document in different formats.

Once you have scanned an image, you can rename and tag the scan to quickly find it in the future. You can also export it to PDF format, or combine it with other scans to create a multi-page PDF document.

Apart for these usual features CamScanner allows you to extract texts from image through OCR (optical character recognition) for further editing or .txt sharing.

Top Features: Share docs in PDF or JPEG format, Print out docs in CamScanner with nearby printer.

 

Slack

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Communication is essential to all the businesses and Slack brings all your team communication in one place. It perfectly delivers easy searching and filtering capabilities, as well as opportunities to create channels for projects, clients or general office chat.

Slack can customize your notifications in several ways and it’s free for an unlimited number of users.

If you’ve used Facebook or Twitter, you’ll understand that Slack is not that different from the instant messengers.

Slack allows real time messaging and file sharing for one-to-one and group conversations and with its powerful search box and archiving, you can find information easily.

The other best feature we liked was easy integrations with apps and services including Dropbox, Asana, Google Drive, Twitter, Zendesk and more.

Slack is mostly free but you need to upgrade to a paid plan for benefits like increased membership, extended message history, unlimited integrations, file storage and customizable data retention policies.

Top Features: Private back-channel chat, Good for basic communication and group discussions.

 

Nimble

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Customer relationship management (CRM) apps are very helpful in tracking customer contact information, funnel progress, past and pending purchases and other elements essential about a client.

Nimble is an excellent CRM app that captures data from your social media contacts’ profiles, provides time-saving automatic updates and analyzes and integrates with Gmail, Outlook, Hootsuite and more.

Through this app you can see your communication history, current interactions, and scheduled emails and updates in the context of your business goals.

Agenda view feature allows you to see all your upcoming events and tasks in a clear and concise view. Through push notifications you can keep a track on your meetings.

Top Features: Set reminders to leave follow up notes after a meeting ends, Track your daily “To-Dos” and link them to contacts.

 

Evernote

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With Evernote you can write, collect and capture ideas as searchable notes, notebooks, checklists and to-do lists. Furthermore, it allows the user to take notes in a variety of formats like text, sketches, photos, audio, video, PDFs, web clippings and more. It uses your smartphone camera to capture and scan printed documents, business cards, handwriting and sketches.

This digital notepad is the best app to manage all your ideas and thoughts at one place.

Top Features: Annotate documents, Multiple participants access. 

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