At work you are ‘THE’ entrepreneur: bursting with ideas, extremely organised, good at handling the finances and managing your expenses, always keeping an eye on your marketing strategy and the master of ‘networking’ & ‘keeping in touch’.
Yet, your work takes you ‘out of the office’ more than 30% of your time and you would like to remain that ‘office superhero’ anywhere your work takes you. Don’t worry; Lucidica has combined for you the ‘Top 10 phone apps for entrepreneurs’.
Your brain is an idea factory? Keep track of it with Evernote. This app turns your mobile phone into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas, to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and watch as it instantly synchronises from your phone to your computer desktop.
• Create text, photo and audio notes
• Auto-synchronise your notes to your Mac, PC, and Web
• Magically makes text within snapshots searchable
• Mark notes as “Favourite” for quick access
• All notes include geo-location information for mapping and search
2/ Business Card Reader
Take a photo of a business card and a new contact is added! Business Card Reader scans, reads the picture using advanced text recognition technology (OCR) and enters the data into appropriate fields of the Android address book. No more boring manual input of the names, phone numbers, emails and other information from business cards! After having tried it on every business card we could get our hands on we can say that this app will recognise at least 80% of the data (if not all of it). This is a real time-saver when you have gathered hundreds of business cards during a networking event and have better to do at night (like sleeping) than entering the business card data manually on your phone, one by one.
Just met potential clients or partners at an event? Get on-the-go access to their profiles with LinkedIn for Android & iPhone. As you already know, LinkedIn will help you find & connect with more than 120M members worldwide, read the latest industry news, keep up-to-date with your groups, and share content with your network from anywhere. Perfect to keep in touch with your new connections, while the details of your meeting are still fresh in your mind.
Tweet on-the-go with this Twitter app. TweetDeck is a great mobile browser for staying in touch with what’s happening on Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Buzz. TweetDeck registers 1 million posts a day through Android; a must have app!
Blogging on WordPress? Keep blogging on your way to a meeting with the WordPress app. The app enables you to moderate comments, create or edit posts and pages, and add images or videos with ease from your phone.
6/ Expense Tracker Apps
Tired of having to wait to get on your PC to fill in your expense claims? iClaimIt & Cashbook are the apps for you; the first runs on iPhone, the second one on Android but both are very handy little apps. Keep track of your mileage & expenses right on the spot; and save your accountant a headache.
If you are not already familiar with it, Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox folder will automatically save to all your computers (e.g. PC, Mac, and laptop), your phone, iPhone, iPad and even the Dropbox website so you can access it from any other device as well! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.
The app is currently in development for Windows Phone.
• Always have your stuff with you, no matter where you are.
• Add files to “Favourites” for fast, offline viewing.
• Easily save photos and videos to your Dropbox.
• Share your photos and docs with colleagues, family and friends.
• Save email attachments straight to your Dropbox.
Taking a client or colleagues for lunch –but on a budget? The ‘Tastecard’ is an unbelievable money saving tool, enabling you to save £1,000’s on dining out over your 12 month membership at more than 3,500 restaurants across London and the UK. Use the new TasteCard app to spot the locations where the restaurants offers 50% or 2-for-1 deals with your TasteCard, and use the contact details provided to book and get to the place.
You need to be an existing Tastecard member to benefit from the app. Sign up at www.tastecard.co.uk
I believe that there is no need to present the ‘must-have’ communication tool that Skype is. The app lets you chat, make free voice and video Skype-to-Skype calls, and call phones and landlines at great Skype rates on the move.
10/ World Newspapers
Want to keep up with the news but too busy to browse most of the news websites? No worries just use ‘World Newspaper’ app. This app condenses the news of more than 6000 worldwide newspapers, websites and magazines links; now all available at your fingertips.
• More than 105 countries and 6000 paper links
• Video News
• Browse by country and categories
• RSS reader with smart search & offline reading
• Favourites (customisable), Share & History
• Search for newspapers
• Translate webpages
• Download webpages for offline viewing
• Submit a newspaper
• Personalised settings
• Read It Later integration
FREE for Android
The listed apps are very user-friendly so they won’t require you to spend a lot of time getting familiar with them, and as most of them are free (or very affordable) you won’t be breaking the bank! Let us know what you think about them and if they made your business life out of the office easier.
Are you using any other cool app missing from the list? Share it with us below!
Lucidica is the IT department for small businesses, providing IT support, training and consultation to SMEs in London.