Five Organizational Must-Have Apps for the Entrepreneur on the Go

Tomeeka Farrington
Tomeeka Farrington Principal, Spotlight Communications

Posted on April 10th 2013

Five Organizational Must-Have Apps for the Entrepreneur on the Go

If you’re like me, the more programs and mobile apps claim to help keep your small business productive, the harder it is to find the time to sift through the clutter and determine which are worth a closer look. So I’ve done the research for you; here are my top five ranked organizational apps for the entrepreneur on the go.  

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  1. The latest newcomer to the organizational apps lineup is Google Keep, which integrates note taking and web surfing. Just released last month, the new Google Keep has set its sights on overtaking the big name in organizational apps—Evernote. Google Keep makes it easy for iPhone users to get started— sync your notes with Siri, and have a ready-to-use note function right away. Currently, Keep users can sync their notes to Google Drive; color-code them for easy retrieval, construct to-do lists, compile photos, and archive notes for later viewing. Keep’s shiny new status has it lacking a lot of key features, but there’s no doubt Google will be fleshing out this program in the months to come.

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  1. Another great tool for keeping your office workflow running smoothly is Jumpchart.  In the process of redesigning your website? Say goodbye to back-to-back content meetings and old-fashioned wire frames. The program offers users ways to plan their website layout, view the most recent content revisions, move wire frames around before the site goes live, and much more—all in real time.  You can access limited Jumpchart services for free, but their more advanced accounts cost up to $50. One of the benefits to being a paid user is that you can access Jumpchart’s WordPress exporting options and SSL security, making site maintenance and security easier than ever.

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  1. Does time tracking across various client accounts have you frustrated? Accounts and billing backlogged? Harvest just may be the answer to your organizational prayers. This time tracking program can help your business figure out where your team is spending their hours, based on time spent on each individual task. Harvest also lets you create real-time reports to help track billable hours, and export them into QuickBooks. Another cool Harvest feature—you can create seamless invoices, complete with your company’s logo and offer clients the options to pay their bills online, making Accounts receivable a breeze.

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  1. Having trouble finding time to update your company’s Twitter account, Facebook and WordPress, with your workload? Enter Hootsuite.  This is the leading social media dashboard to help companies manage and measure their social networks. Use this app to pre-schedule updates to your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Foursquare, MySpace, WordPress and Mixi accounts. Hootsuite also enables you to track your brand mentions and analyze your social media traffic. With big brands like McDonald’s, PepsiCo and Sony using Hootsuite, it’s a safe bet that it will work wonders for your small business’s social media organization needs.

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  1. Miss that dry cleaning pickup (again)? Forgot your iPhone charger? Need a restaurant suggestion for a client lunch? Then WunWun on-demand personal concierge service may be just what you need! Use the WunWun iPhone app to make a request for a service, a product delivered, or a suggestion. After your request is received, a designated helper is assigned to see it through. The best part—WunWun is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For the price you can’t beat this personal concierge service, which is just $2.50 for every 5 minutes of service or a $20 flat fee for deliveries. Say goodbye to the days of trying to make time to get to that to-do list and say hello to WunWun.  

What apps do you use to help your small business stay organized?  Share your top suggestions in the comments below!

Tomeeka Farrington

Tomeeka Farrington

Principal, Spotlight Communications

Tomeeka Far­ring­ton is prin­ci­pal & founder of Spot­light Com­mu­ni­ca­tions. She has been hailed by The Boston Her­ald as “Boston’s Pub­lic Rela­tions Princess,” awarded the Boston Busi­ness Journal’s pres­ti­gious “40 under 40” award and she was named one of “30 Extra­or­di­nary Bosto­ni­ans” by the Boston Event Guide. Tomeeka fre­quently speaks to groups which have included the fol­low­ing: the Depart­ment of Health and Human Ser­vices; Har­vard Uni­ver­sity; the Boston Globe; Hub­Spot; the Ad Club Foun­da­tion; Boston Col­lege; Bran­deis Uni­ver­sity; Tufts Uni­ver­sity; the Mass Bar Asso­ci­a­tion; and UMass Boston.

As prin­ci­pal, Tomeeka spends much of her time trav­el­ing and edu­cat­ing orga­ni­za­tions how to use social media mar­ket­ing tools to help grow their busi­ness. She has launched sev­eral inno­v­a­tive social media cam­paigns for Spotlight’s clients, includ­ing the Mass­a­chu­setts Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion Aero­nau­tics, Depart­ment of Health and Human Ser­vices Mater­nal and Child Health Bureau, in Wash­ing­ton, DC and the Prostate Health Edu­ca­tion Net­work (PHEN).

Tomeeka is a 2006 grad­u­ate of the UMass Boston Emerg­ing Lead­ers Pro­gram (ELP), and was appointed by Gov­er­nor Deval Patrick to the Board of the Mass­a­chu­setts Children’s Trust Fund. She holds a Bach­e­lor of Arts degree in Com­mu­ni­ca­tions from Boston Col­lege, and a Mas­ter of Arts in Broad­cast Jour­nal­ism and Pub­lic Affairs from Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity in Wash­ing­ton D.C.

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Comments

Pj Schott
Posted on April 10th 2013 at 4:53PM

Such fabulousness. I love apps almost as much as I love being uber-organized!!

Tomeeka Farrington
Posted on April 12th 2013 at 7:43PM

Thanks Pj Schott! So happy that you found the article useful! It really is a great feeling being uber-organized, isn't it? 

priya.dua
Posted on April 10th 2013 at 6:39PM

Thats a very useful article. I am always on the go and would surely benefit from some of those apps especially the evernote and google keep. Another good one that I have recently started using is a leadership excellence software called callibrain on my iphone. It has made my life so organized and easy. I am able to manage my tasks on the go, prioritize them, update what I am currently working on and share all this  information  and more like pictures, attachments with my co-workers while being in the baseball field with my kids.   

Tomeeka Farrington
Posted on April 12th 2013 at 7:48PM

Thanks so much Priya. I haven't tried callibrain yet, but I am always looking for the latest apps to keep myself organized, especially with travel and being on the go, or at the baseball field with the kids. LOL! I also love the share function with co-workers, it's so essential to have that these days. Thanks for the suggestion, I'll check it out! 

RPMillar
Posted on April 13th 2013 at 5:20AM

Unfortunately, WunWun only works in New York, so it's hardly worth mentioning here.

Tomeeka Farrington
Posted on April 16th 2013 at 1:48PM

Hi Robert, 

Thanks for your comment. I think that any startup with a great concept and that has value in providing organization is definitely worth mentioning on SMT, regardless of region. WunWun is a 4 month old startup that has plans for expansion. See here: http://wunwun.com/locations. So now that we know about the app we can all be on the lookout, and will hopefully see it in all of our respective cities soon!

 

  

RPMillar
Posted on May 31st 2013 at 9:16AM

Sounds good Tomeeka.

 

Looking forward to seeing it in Tokyo soon, then  : )

 

Thanks and regards,

 

Robert

Azhar Uddin
Posted on May 26th 2013 at 12:29PM

I have been surfing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It's pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be much more useful than ever before. please keep it up

SLAAm
Posted on June 25th 2013 at 12:28PM

Nice article Tomeeka, thank you for your recommandation, it's very useful.

To be organize at work I use Evernote but also Beesy. I discovered this app on Evernote Trunk and this month, I saw an article about this app on Time Management Magazine. Beesy presented interesting features like actions templates, drag & drop to organized note (agenda & participants),generate meeting minutes in 1clic, import PDF, docs and sync all with DropBox and Evernote.

Have a look, it's very an interesting one  :)

Stephie Daniel
Posted on December 13th 2013 at 9:01PM

Fantastic apps for entrepreneurs. Here in one more addition from my end. The cloud based Replicon's time tracking app ( http://www.replicon.com/time-tracking-softwares.aspx ). Works in a hassle free manner with proper time tracked and managed with whole lots of applicability.