There are countless web, desktop and mobile apps available to simplify the day-to-day work and personal tasks of an entrepreneur. However, with new apps appearing every day, it can be difficult to decide what’s best for your business. So, we wanted to help you out, give you some variety, and identify some of the top business apps we love and hope you will, too!
Overview: Dropbox promises that it will provide, “one place for all your stuff, wherever you are." Not only does the tool host your documents and allow you to access them from any place, Dropbox is great for small teams who need to collaborate on a project or document and you choose who has access to each file in your account.
Features: Upload files to the cloud and edit them from any device, including Mac and PCs, tablets and smartphones. Control who has access to the documents you’ve uploaded. You can even undelete files you’ve accidentally removed.
Accessibility: Dropbox integration is seamless, allowing you to sync all your files across your devices. After the initial setup process, you can view, download and upload your files securely from any web browser in addition to dragging, dropping and sharing items directly from your computer.
Pricing: The free version of Dropbox comes with 2 GB, and you can earn additional storage (up to 18 GB) through Dropbox’s referral program. For heavier usage, you can upgrade your account, starting with 100GB (at $9.99/month) up to 500 GB (at $49.99/month).
Ease of use: Dropbox’s user interface is beautifully designed and easy to navigate. The application guides users through the registration process, no matter the method you use to sign up (web or mobile).
Overview: FreshBooks wants to make sure entrepreneurs spend less time billing and more time doing the work they love to do. The company offers online accounting software so users can track their time, send invoices and receive payments, and create accounting reports such as balance sheets and profit and loss statements.
Features: Beyond the functionality such as tracking time, sending invoices and receiving payments, FreshBooks offers some customization and other advanced features, such as branding your invoice with your own look and feel, tracking when your invoices have been viewed by clients, and setting recurring invoices and automatic payments.
Accessibility: As a pure web-based application (no need to download any software), FreshBooks promises to make sure “your business is everywhere, on all your devices.” You can log in to your account and access your secure information from any computer, or take advantage of their iPhone and iPad apps.
Pricing: Users can manage unlimited clients and staff with a 30-day free trial. After this period, you can upgrade to accounts from $19.95 to $39.95 a month, which range from 25 to unlimited clients and other additional features.
Ease of use: FreshBooks does a good job of guiding users through their first time with ease, despite the fact that there are a lot of features and not everyone takes advantage of all the tool offers. FreshBooks is also set apart from many cloud apps because of its impeccable customer service.
Overview: Evernote is a mobile and desktop client that “makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web” by keeping your notes and other files in sync across your devices.
Features: In addition to keeping your files in sync, Evernote lets users snap photos and record audio for reminders needed on the go. The app also allows users to clip and save an entire webpage, including text, images and links.
Accessibility: Handy for all your important meeting notes, Evernote is available for your smartphone and Windows or Mac OS.
Pricing: Evernote is free to users, but for those who want more storage, there is a Premium account for $5 a month. There is also a Business account available for multiple-person organizations. This account (at $10/month for each user) means the ability to share information easily across the company, while maintaining ownership over who has access to what.
Ease of use: Evernote allows users to use the app however they see fit for personal or business use, ranging from a project management tool to a document repository. Once you get the app running on your device, using the app will become a seamless part of taking note of work and personal details every day.
Overview: CardMunch is an iPhone-only app (now owned by LinkedIn) that turns business cards into contacts. All users have to do is take a photo of a business card and LinkedIn will transcribe it and turn the information into a new LinkedIn contact.
Features: After your new contact is made by LinkedIn, your account will also show you LinkedIn profile information and connections you have in common.
Accessibility: The application is limited to iOS at this time.
Pricing: CardMunch is completely free to iPhone users.
Ease of use: Due to the focused nature of the app, CardMuch is extremely easy to use. There aren’t many features to get bogged down by and the application guides the user through the process of capturing information.
TELUS Website Hosting
Overview: Instead of paying for your own servers and staff to maintain them, TELUS can host your website and email service at a fraction of the cost. Users choose from a wide range of plans, with the features and tools you need to build and manage your site.
Features: TELUS Website Hosting provides free domain registration, customizable email accounts, and security features (including spam filtering, email virus scanning, and website analytics). Intermediate and Advanced plans allow users to integrate ecommerce into their website, as well.
Accessibility: TELUS Website Hosting ensures entrepreneurs have an online home and presence for their company, which can be set up and maintained from any PC. 24/7 phone and email support provides reassurance in case you run into any issues.
Pricing: Packages start at $5 a month and include five email boxes, 10 GB of disk space, website stats, security features and more. Add additional features like extra disk space and email boxes with our intermediate and advanced packages for $10 and $15 a month.
Ease of use: The three packages offer a range of features and complexity TELUS Website Hosting allows entrepreneurs to set up their company website and have it running in as little as 15 minutes.