Entrepreneurs deal with plenty of challenges each day, so anything that can make their work easier should be welcomed with open arms. Luckily, most people have a smartphone in their pocket that can be used to complete all kinds of tasks, helping you be more efficient and productive. Here are five of the best apps iPhone users should be looking out for.
Expenses are one of the most time-consuming aspects of being self-employed, but they are a necessity. Thankfully, Expensify exists to make things easier for you. This app scans your receipts, keeping a digital record for you so you don't have to worry about filing every scrap of paper away. You can also use it to log other expenses, such as your mileage. If you have employees, you can utilize it across your business for easy expense reporting.
The most successful entrepreneurs are creative, and you never know when you're going to get a great idea. This is where Evernote comes in: it is a note-taking app that syncs across devices, so you can access it wherever you are. You can record notes, pictures and audio on your iPhone when inspiration strikes, or if you just want to plan or organize something before you forget it.
This app offers one of the best ways of improving efficiency: it allows you to create custom tasks for your iPhone, so you only have to hit one button to do something more complex; order a taxi to your location, for example, or text someone your ETA. It links up your other apps, taking data from them and using it with others to make your day so much simpler, allowing you to get on with growing your business.
If you work on the go a lot, or within a team, Flowdock is a great way to collaborate with other team members on all your projects. It’s great for giving your team members instant updates about what you’re doing and vice versa. You can even chat and respond to each other’s updates through the app too.
Finally, CamCard is an app that simplifies networking even further. When you collect business cards - and after any networking event, you're likely to pick up a fair few - you can take a picture of them with the app. It then reads the details off them quickly and accurately, and builds up a database of contacts for you. You can even simply exchange "e-cards" with other people who have the app.