As a small business owner, you run the show on the go—so you rely on your smartphone for all those important details that make up your busy day. Ever worry some of those important pieces might be slipping through the cracks? From CRM to social media to scheduling, these great apps ensure you’re always in the right place at the right time with the right people—and with no disconnect from your day-to-day business operations.
Remember Every Note
Whether you’re in a meeting, catching a cab, or taking a well-earned coffee break, Evernote has you covered when inspiration strikes. Sync photos, files, notes, videos, sound bites, to-do lists—just about anything—to this cloud-based junk drawer for easy, searchable access. Finally, you can have some fun collaborating on team projects, whenever, wherever. FREE. Available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone.
Know When They Work
Your managers have plenty to do aside from the regular hassle of employee scheduling. The easy and intuitive WhenIWork app allows managers and employees to organize shift trades, manage time-off requests, notify stakeholders of important scheduling changes, and more. A simple “Do I work Tuesday?” text message produces an instant, automated answer, so your managers and employees can focus on what’s really important: providing excellent customer service. Free 30-day trial. Plans start at $1/employee/month. Available for iPhone and Android.
Insight with Insightly CRM
Did you know you can manage, link and share customer contact information, leads, tasks, deadlines, and more with one centralized system? Customer relationship management (CRM) services and systems are the next big thing for small business. Imagine all your customer information and every customer touch point (social media) all in the same place. Now imagine all of that at your fingertips, with a real-time syncing mobile app. That’s Insightly. FREE ACCOUNT for up to three users/2,500 contacts. Available for iPhone and Android.
Manage Your Social
Media with Hootsuite
Love your Facebook, Twitter and Google+? Need your Foursquare, LinkedIn and WordPress to run your business? Quiet the noise and manage all your social media updates in one place with Hootsuite. Use Teams to map out the team members in your organization and set permissions and roles while tracking individual assignments. You can even add metrics to your web presence with built-in click analytics. Free app. Business-friendly plans start at $8.99/month. Available for iPhone and Android.
Own Your Travels
Designed for frequent business travelers, the comprehensive and handy GateGuru app allows you to track all your travel details, including flight arrival/departure time and status, destination weather, check-in terminal number and baggage claim area, rental car information, and more. Plus, you get a personalized amenity finder that points you in the right direction when you’re in unfamiliar territory and need food, shops or services. FREE. Available for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.
Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. ChamberofCommerce.com helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.