Productivity apps to run your business

7 great productivity apps for entrepreneurs

Productivity appsThere are 7 productivity apps I have used to stay organised and be more effective in my blog, working on projects and in my business. When you have a specific opportunity or problem in business, you might find yourself asking, “Hey. Is there an app for that?”

I have found, in most cases, the answer is yes. I have used the productivity apps below to solve specific problems I have encountered. I use most of these apps every day. If you’re an entrepreneur, solopreneur or freelancer, you might find they help you too.

My top 7 free productivity apps for entrepreneurs

  1. Wunderslist: I wanted a to-do list, which would synch my smartphone and my computer, so I started testing apps. At the time of writing, I use Wunderlist for everything from personal errands to running my business partnership. Organise your tasks and projects with Wunderlist.
  2. CamCard: In our so called ‘paperless’ society, most people still hand out business cards at networking events. CamCard uses your smartphone’s camera to scan a business card and automatically creates a contact file. It saves time, adds convenience and saves storage space. Easily capture, organise and retrieve your contacts with CamCard.
  3. Canva: Okay, I’m cheating. Canva is not a smartphone app yet but it’s a great web based app. I have designed some very professional looking pictures for social media, brochures, ebooks and more. What I love is that it’s so easy to use, in comparison to most graphic design or desktop publishing software. Canva is free to use but you will need to pay a small fee  if you use many of their photos and illustrations. Create great looking social media posts and marketing materials with Canva.
  4. Dropbox: Dropbox is a file storage and sharing folder, which allows you to overcome size restrictions on email. There’s an app for most smartphones and computers. You can start with the free version and can upgrade later if you require extra storage and collaboration features. Get started with Dropbox.
  5. Mailchimp: Mailchimp has everything you need to build your mailing list, automate your sign ups and start sending professional looking marketing emails. You can easily start your business with their free version and then upgrade as you need to add subscribers or features. Use Mailchimp to grow your database and automate your email marketing.
  6. Fiverr: Fiverr is a website and an app. As an entrepreneur, doing everything yourself might not be possible, so you might want to outsource some of your writing, graphic design or technical work to a freelancer on Fiverr. Hire a freelancer, on Fiverr, to do some work for you.
  7. Hootsuite: As an entrepreneur, you may need to engage on social media. If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you probably have more important things to do with your time. You need to focus on things that add the most value to your business. If you don’t have time to log on to each social media platform and post every day, you can schedule posts with Hootsuite. Automate your social media marketing with Hootsuite.

I hope this collection has given you ideas to solve some of your challenges today. I am using the free version of every one of these apps and websites, so you can get started for nothing too. You may find that some of these productivity apps don’t work for you and that’s fine but give them a try.

Henry David Thoreau, a famous philosopher and author, once said, “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.”

I hope this article inspires you to automate and set up systems for the things you can afford to let alone. Effective systems allow you focus on your most important decisions; the ones you can’t automate. I hope you found something in this article to help you be more effective as an entrepreneur. Please feel free to leave your tips below about productivity apps that work for you.