Being an entrepreneur isn’t just a job; it’s a lifestyle. Each action you take within a day can impact your success. You need to be dedicated, practice strong time management skills, and be ready to jump from task to task.
The secret to wearing the many hats of an entrepreneur is having the right tools on hand. In this case, using apps that help you accomplish tasks efficiently while on the go.
Here are five apps every entrepreneur should bookmark in 2020.
Forest is a visually-stimulating productivity app that’s great for both solo entrepreneurs and teams. The app follows the Pomodoro productivity technique, which uses timers to indicate focus time versus break time. This approach to productivity has been proven to help people keep on task with a fresh mind.
Unlike other productivity apps of the same nature— pun intended— this app invites users to plant a seed for a bush or tree that grows during their productive time. Traveling away from the app to social media sites kills the tree and sends you a virtual guilt trip for doing so. That dead tree stays in your forest to remind you of your failure, while successfully planted trees flourish and thrive.
You’d be surprised how motivating such a simple app can be. With a pleasing user interface and customization, you’ll love how well this keeps you on task.
A lack of cash flow can be a killer for small businesses. Sometimes, it’s necessary to work on credit to boost your credit score so that you can acquire more liquid assets to scale your business or get through tough times. However, if you have negative items on your credit score, you won’t be able to do business effectively.
That’s why DisputeBee credit repair software should be on your app list for 2020. This program allows you to analyze your credit reports and highlight negative items. It creates a paper trail for automating and logging disputes. You can rest assured that your credit is getting repaired in the background while you focus on your business.
Have you ever received an interesting email or come across a useful article, but don’t have the time to read it right now? Generally, these bits of content get bookmarked for later and then forgotten as the day goes on.
With Pocket, you can add these to a centralized app for later viewing. You can also get a Buffer integration to share things across your social media platforms after you’ve had a chance to look them over. The best part is that you can save items for offline viewing as well.
If you think you need a graphic designer to manage all your marketing materials, you’re wrong. Canva is a design app that allows you to make flyers, social media posts, logos, and more. With the pro version, you can earmark your brand colors and logo to make visual marketing a breeze.
Canva is a cloud-based app that allows team feedback and updates on the go. They have hundreds of thousands of free templates and icons to help you create high-quality content with the click of a button.
Wave is an app built for freelancers and entrepreneurs to manage their finances in the digital era. Wave helps you simplify billing by uploading set fees so that you can invoice quickly and efficiently, helping you get paid faster. It can help you manage the high-level accounting information, like your cash flow. It also has a rudimentary payroll feature that isn’t as robust as other platforms but could be a simple start when you bring an employee or two onboard.
These five apps have the potential to revolutionize how you do business in 2020. If you’re still using static software, it’s time to make a change. Use these apps to help your business prepare for the future while thriving in the present.