At Fundamental Financial, we exist to lend a hand to those who share the entrepreneurial spirit. Our personalized lending solutions enable high-growth companies in ways banks and other equity options can’t. Another way we like lending a hand is by sharing useful info when we come across it. We’re always on the move for clients, so we’re always interested in ways technology can help us accomplish more and focus on what matters most. Back in December, we reviewed six Apps to Jump Start Your 2016. We thought we’d update that list from a recent article in Entrepreneur Magazine titled, 5 Mobile Apps Every Entrepreneur Should Use.
You may have heard about one or all of these before. Maybe you’ve even tried one. The important thing to remember is that these apps are proven time savers. So consider giving them a try, a second chance, or a least a spot on your phone. One might come in handy in a tough situation.
Today’s entrepreneur has a wealth of information, connectivity, and resources available instantly, writes Entrepreneur Magazine (EM). It’s given rise to a new renaissance for entrepreneurship in which young and experienced entrepreneurs alike find it easier to get exactly what they need to create ideas, execute plans, and perfect their approaches. But with millions of mobile apps available, finding ones worth pursuing can be tough. With that in mind, here are the top apps EM says everyone should be using:
1. Evernote - Evernote is massively popular, and there’s a good chance you already use its app in some form. Still, it remains one of the best tools for organizing thoughts, insights, and plans. Manifesting either as a desktop tool or a mobile app, Evernote is the perfect note-taking system. With a variety of tools that perform searches, create to-do lists, and sync your devices, you can instantly turn any meeting into an organized bundle of only the most important takeaways. Also worth mentioning is Skitch: It’s technically a separate app, but because Evernote makes it, the two can be conveniently integrated. Skitch helps you use annotations, brief notes, and even sketches to jot down the gist of multiple ideas for later use.
2. Free WiFi Finder - If you’re constantly on the go, running back and forth from home to office, to clients, to offsite meetings, and other random errands, you’re forced to do work whenever you find a spare moment. With today’s technology, that’s no great obstacle, but you still need a place with fast, free Wi-Fi. That’s where Free WiFi Finder comes in. If an app ever delivered on exactly what it promises to do, it’s this one. Using your current location, the app generates a convenient map showing all the locations around you that offer free Wi-Fi. Of course, in many cases, that “free” comes after you make an initial purchase, but that’s hardly a deal breaker.
3. Uber - If you aren’t taking advantage of Uber for your business, the time to start is now. Essentially functioning as a peer-to-peer taxi service, Uber gets you wherever you need to go in just about any city. If you’re a startup and have limited access to funds, Uber X offers low-key transport for an inexpensive price. It also offers a black car service you can use to show up to a meeting where you really need to make an impression. And you can send a ride to someone else should you need to bring a client to your office, for example. It's like a limo service, but much cheaper. Lyft, a competitor of Uber, is also worth mentioning.
4. MobileDay - Few entrepreneurs work exclusively in an office setting. You’ll be working from home, coffee shops, client locations, and other remote locales. MobileDay is there to make sure, despite your absence from the office, that you don’t miss any important meetings. It organizes all your plans, notifies you when it’s time to join a meeting and even offers one-click functionality to let you call in. If you’re running late, the app actually offers you the ability to send other attendees a note that you won’t make it on time.
5. Pocket - Pocket is perhaps the world’s best bookmarking app. When active, Pocket can help you bookmark all kinds of content, from articles to images and videos, and sync that information across multiple devices so you can access it later. If you’re too busy to read an article, or you’re simply interested in giving it a more thorough reading at a later date, this app is awesome. As an entrepreneur, information and content are critical to your business’ survival, and this app makes sure you never miss an opportunity.
With these apps, you should find yourself with fewer mistakes, fewer worries, and a lot more time on your hands, freeing you up to be the leader you want to be, according to EM. Why not let an app sweat the small stuff so you can focus on your company’s fundamental mission?