Is it really possible to work smarter and grow fast despite small teams and a limited budget? As a startup entrepreneur, chances are you’ve asked yourself this question more than once. The answer is a resounding yes. There are apps that can improve your productivity, organize your business and streamline your processes. At Lift Legal, we’ve compiled this short list of nine must-have business apps for entrepreneurs.
Bookkeeping and invoicing are tedious and time consuming, taking you away from other important tasks. With FreshBooks, you can invoice clients, track your time and expenses, and run your small business. Bottom line? Spend less time on accounting and more time doing the work you love.
Integrating with numerous third-party platforms, including PayPal and WooCommerce, FreshBooks makes running your small business easy, fast and secure. Accept online payments, including Apple Pay, international currencies, and major credit cards such as VISA, MasterCard and AMEX.
Don’t you wish there were an easy way to handle contracts and agreements on the fly? What if there were an easy way to sign and return documents without needing to visit the office to print, sign and scan them? With HelloSign, you can send contracts and request signatures virtually: just use your fingertip to sign any PDF file and forward it to the necessary party. When the document is fully executed, everyone gets a copy delivered via email.
What if you could design your own app to help you achieve complicated tasks? If you’ve ever wished you could combine a bunch of steps across apps, get Workflow. With Workflow, you can build your own workflows with a simple drag-and-drop interface. Mix and match hundreds of actions to create quick shortcuts, manage your media, share content, and collect workflows to save time and effort every day.
You’ve heard it time and again: security and encryption are paramount. Yet, who can juggle dozens of unique and complicated combinations of letters, numbers and symbols? If password management has got you down, fear not. LastPass remembers your myriad passwords so you don’t have to. Create a single long, secure master password and let LastPass do the rest. Fill the LastPass password vault: save sites as you log in, import sites from your email, and import or upload passwords from another password manager.
Pocket and Instapaper
With apps such as Pocket and Instapaper, you can file away all of the interesting articles, videos, cooking recipes, song lyrics, or whatever else you come across while browsing. (Yes, cute cat videos, too.)
With Pocket, save directly from your browser or from apps like Twitter, Flipboard or Pulse: you’ll be able to access content from your phone, tablet or computer at a time that suits you—even without Internet access.
Like Pocket, Instapaper lets you save, read and manage the things you find on the Internet. It syncs the content you save so that it’s waiting for you on all your devices. Read anything you save, anywhere and anytime you want, even offline.
Lever and Recruiterbox
As your small business grows, you want to expand your team and hire the best people. Naturally, you want to acquire, evaluate and hire outstanding talent; however, managing and tracking job applicants can be complex and cumbersome. Apps such as Lever and Recruiterbox manage the end-to-end recruiting process. That means you’re free to focus on what truly matters: your candidates.
With functionality for referrals, email, candidate management, interview and resumé tracking, Lever streamlines applicant tracking from start to finish.
Leverage Recruiterbox’s tools to create a customizable career site, post to job boards, coordinate with external recruiting agencies and invite your current employees to refer candidates.
As an entrepreneur or small business owner, do you rely on any particular apps? We invite your app suggestions. Leave a note on our Facebook page or tweet us a comment.