Guest writer for Startacus Tim Armoo, Founder of Doodlar.com highlights his top 5 apps that will help with your new business...
There’s over 500,000 apps available within the iTunes store, so say Apple. A huge amount. As you’ll find within most large markets, within that colossal number is a lot of rubbish, apps that you’ll download as a novelty only to never use again. My Android is filled with a myriad of them…remember that fake pint glass one? Got bored of it after five minutes.
Sifting through the more gimmicky, effectively pointless apps, you can find some gold though. There’s a range of free apps that could actually work to make the life of an aspiring entrepreneur easier, saving you time and more importantly, money. Here’s a run through of some of them;
GOOGLE DRIVE Using cloud software, Google Drive’s app provides an online environment where users can take care of business essentials such as word processing, spreadsheet and presentation creation for free. Offering a service to rival (and in many techies opinion beat) Microsoft Office, Google Drive offers a cost-effective service for any young entrepreneur working within a tight budget.
WORDPRESS A fully functional website should be a key piece in any entrepreneurs armoury, what with almost everyone and everything carrying an online presence nowadays. Wordpress offer a free app that’ll provide you with the opportunity to not only run just a mere blog but also an ecommerce site. That’s another cheap string to your bow as a young entrepreneur.
GOOGLE ANALYTICS I’m extolling the virtues of Google again, but in comparison to its rivals this app is great value for money. It’s free after all. All-encompassing, this app will allow you to track, analyse and optimise your website, allowing you to measure your website's effectiveness and examine exactly where all that traffic is coming from.
SKYPE Entrepreneurs make a lot of calls. Therefore you’re going to want to get the best value service you can. Providing great value for money, The Skype app offers free device-to-device calling and low-cost device-to-number calling anywhere in the world. Multi-person video chats and screen sharing are also available, should you need them.
SNAP Introduced in March of this year, Snap is an app designed to make keeping track of your finances easier. Something that’s vital if you’re young entrepreneur working within restrictive financial perimeters. Downloadable to an iPhone, iPad or Android, Snap makes recording expenses remarkably easy, as it simply involves taking a picture.
...Offering remarkable value for money, reducing costs in areas where there used to be, these apps are well worth checking out if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur. Heck, if you’re tech savvy enough why not create your own app. Whilst other markets may be shrinking in what’s a tumultuous economy, the app market’s growth continues unabated. Get involved.