As a small business owner, you have to keep track of dozens of tasks every day. Fortunately, technology can lighten some of the burden.
Though many computer and smartphone applications can distract you from business, some can actually save you time and money. Here are four small-business-owner-approved applications that can keep you organized.
Still transitioning from print to digital documents? Use Document Scanner, created by Rohit Agrawal of Plymouth Minn., who founded a suite of Android apps called Pwn with your Phone and won a 2011 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation scholarship. Document Scanner allows you to scan your documents with your phone camera and save them as PDFs. You can then e-mail them, store them in a folder or upload them to cloud-based applications like Google Docs and Dropbox. This useful app is only $3.98.
Another one of Agrawal’s creations for Android phones, the Über Keyboard, enhances your options for texting and email. For $2.48, this app corrects spelling errors and allows you to customize font types and sizes. In addition, Über Keyboard gives you shortcuts for certain phrases: When you type “brb,” for example, it sends “be right back” to the recipient. With its voice recognition feature, your phone will transcribe texts for you when you speak into it.
Hootsuite, a free app for your desktop, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry or Android mobile device, is a social media managing headquarters. Through Hootsuite, you can manage your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare and Wordpress accounts easily. Instead of logging in to each of your accounts, you can schedule tweets and status updates ahead of time. For Ian Szaliniski, owner of Muesli Fusion, a cereal manufacturing company in Rochester, N.Y., this translates to more productivity. “We definitely have more followers now and we’ve increased efficiency,” Szalinski says.
Freshbooks allows you to manage your accounting on one app. Freshbooks integrates with PayPal and can help you create professional invoices, keep track of your profits and expenses, and communicate easily with your clients. A free account with Freshbooks allows three clients and one staff member. Larger accounts require a monthly fee, ranging from $19.95/month to $99.95/month. Use this app on your desktop, iPhone, Android, Blackberry or Windows Mobile device.
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