Starting your own business? There’s an app for that. Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or a veteran business owner, you will appreciate how these 10 easy-to-use apps can help your company achieve success.
Apps for success
— U.S. Small Business Administration
Create a business plan with StratPad
StratPad, an iPad app, walks you step-by-step through the process of creating a workable strategy and business plan. StratPad generates reports — including a summary business plan and financial projections — that you can present to prospective investors, and it helps you track progress as you execute your plan.
Keep track of sales leads with Sellingly
Sellingly is an email add-on that helps you keep qualified leads organized so that you can easily stay in touch with them. Automated email reminders will keep you one step ahead of the 80 percent of salespeople who forget to follow up on those potential customers.
Build your own website with Plebu
Plebu is a web and tablet app that enables you to get online quickly, without the expense of hiring a web designer. Websites built with Plebu look great on desktops, tablets and mobile phones — so your customers find you no matter what devices they use.
“Hire” a virtual receptionist with BookFresh
BookFresh synchronizes with your schedule, so it knows when you are available. Also, it automatically reminds your prospects and customers when they have an upcoming appointment.
Take your cellphone to the next level with YouMail
YouMail greets callers professionally to make a great first impression. It instantly replies to callers with a text message and records and organizes voice mails in folders for easy access and sharing. YouMail is free, but for a small monthly fee, you can get human transcription!
Manage projects with Insightly
As a small business owner, you’ll appreciate the ability to access customer information on the go (via iOS or Android) as you build your successful business.
Access files from anywhere with GoToMyPC
This app by Citrix also enables you connect to your work computer from any location so that you can instantly access emails and files. Log in from any web browser or your favorite handheld device.
Hold “face-to-face” meetings anywhere with Zoom
Zoom combines web conferencing, high-definition video and mobile screen sharing so you can stay connected no matter what your location. The app allows for up to 25 “face-to-face” participants on one HD video call, so you can share and collaborate without the expense of traditional conference room meetings.
Organize receipts with Expensify
With Expensify, you can take photos of receipts, upload them, categorize them — and even send them to your accountant!