Welcome to National Entrepreneurship Week. We know how busy it can be to run your own business, so we asked our members what their favorite apps were to help their productivity.
Take a look at the list, connect with us on social, and tell us what you think!
Asana is a fantastic task and project management tool for collaborative teams. As an app for both desktop and mobile, you and your team can view all of your projects and tasks in one place and in a variety of viewing options—list, boards, or calendars. Asana also keeps everyone rowing the same direction with the ability to share comments, upload files and collaborate without leaving the app. It even integrates with other top productivity apps like Slack and Google Drive.
Slack can be the central nervous system of your company. This app works for asynchronous communication which allows teammates to communicate quickly on their own time and even in their own time zone. Create multiple channels for focused conversations, and upload documents to get quick feedback.
As one of our members, Gabriel Chaney of Medumo, put it,
“Slack is our team’s asynchronous stream of consciousness. It keeps things simple and fun while still supporting tool integration and classy handling of rich content.”
Also, offering a whole host of helpful integrations (including Asana), Slack makes getting stuff done as a team a whole lot easier.
Sometimes photos just don’t cut it. With a scanner app, you can easily scan receipts and other documents quickly and beautifully. After scanning, you can choose if you want to save it as a PDF or various other forms for your records.
If your business is not leveraging social media right now, then your odds of success are not in your favor (to put it nicely). But Buffer makes getting your business active on social easier. Just set aside an hour or two a week, load the Buffer app with some social content for any and all of your channels, set a date and time for each post, and that’s it! Buffer will take care of the rest.
Entrepreneurs are always wanting to learn more—it’s in their DNA. Our phones hold the best and fastest means of information in a day, but sometimes it’s almost too much to consume in one sitting. And what hustling small business owner has time to read all those insightful articles and blogs when they see them? Enter Pocket: the app that saves all of the articles you want to read. It is connected to nearly 1,500 mobile apps and even has a web browser extension. One of the best parts is that you can access it without the internet. So forget being stuck with the in-flight reading material on your next trip; just pull out the Pocket app and start learning.
Business leaders need to stay in-the-know of all the latest updates in your industry. Flipboard helps by curating all the latest and greatest stories related to your market to keeping you informed and spending your time productively. Just put in the things you’re most interested in, and the app will create a newspaper specifically made for you. (Who hasn’t ever wanted a customized newspaper?)
While our phones can be used to help our productivity, they can also majorly distract. If you want to temporarily put down your phone and focus on what’s important in real life, you can plant a seed in Forest. As time goes by, this seed will gradually grow into a tree. However, if you can’t resist the temptation of using your phone and leave the app, your tree will die. And here’s the coolest part: You earn enough coins, you can actually plant a real, living tree somewhere on the planet.
What other apps can you not live without?
Do you need a place to stay productive as you are growing your business?
Check out our coworking options at The Department.