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Top 6 Apps for Business Owners (and How to Leverage Them to Save You Time)

These simple, inexpensive apps offer invaluable aid to the entrepreneur-on-the-go.

View of a Businessman holding 3d rendering app template on a smartphone
View of a Businessman holding 3d rendering app template on a smartphone

Here is a short list of my top six apps and how I use them to better run my business. All of them are inexpensive, simple, and best in class.

Pocket (www.getpocket.comA simple tool that allows you to “clip” articles from Web pages and put them into a single location for reading later (even offline). Best of all, this app syncs across your phone, laptop, tablet, and desktop computers, so you always have access to content to read. It also removes the articles’ text from the annoying and distracting ads and visual noise of the Web and feeds it to you in a clean view.inlineimage

Evernote (www.evernote.com) The perfect place to keep all your notes and reminders. After a meeting, I snap a picture of my notes and store it in Evernote. When traveling on business, I snap a picture of my receipt and tag it by “receipt” and the trip I’m on. When reading my email, if I know I’ll need to find an email for something important it covers, I save it to Evernote (there is a simple plug-in that makes it possible for me to do this with the click of one button). The app does all of this and more, flawlessly syncing across devices. I have set up a simple tagging structure that lets me easily find what I need exactly when I need it. This is the best tool I’ve found to help me manage my infoload.

Uber (www.uber.com) I used to spend a lot on rental cars when traveling on business. Now, I just take an Uber. Not only do I get clean cars and incredible drivers, but their app makes ordering and paying for the ride exceptionally intuitive.

TripIt Pro (www.TripIt.comI used to have my assistant cut and paste the itineraries for my plane, hotel, and meetings into my Outlook calendar, but now all she needs to do is forward them to TripIt and the app organizes my travel for me. The “pro” version even tracks my flights and sends me alerts if they are behind schedule. Absolutely love it. Let’s face it, travel sucks, but TripIt takes some of the sting out of it.

Big Clock (by Asteria) The “Big Clock” is just that–a simple, clean clock that disables your smartphone’s sleep screen and just shows the time. I paid 99 cents for it and use it every time I give a keynote. Sometimes the best apps are the most stunningly simple.inlineimage

Podcasts (www.itunes.comNot really an app, I know, but I’m a big believer in turning travel or exercise time into learning time, and podcasts are a great way to do this. I have seven or eight of them I listen to fanatically and I find them a healthy mini-learning feast.

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