Being an entrepreneur takes a massive amount of varied skills. You need to be a champion communicator, master of money and the ultimate strategist all in one. All these skills can be learned through experience, and perfected over time, which is great, but when you are just starting out everything can be a little overwhelming. But fear not, technology and innovation are here to save the day! There is now a treasure trove of apps that are designed to make the life of an entrepreneur easier, more productive and overall, help make some more cash; luckily for you, we’ve put together a handy list of all the best ones you should be using! So go on, have a read, get downloading and take charge of your work and life.
FreshBooks is a finance app that is designed for small companies and freelance workers to let them track and manage invoices. With FreshBooks, you can create and send professional invoices then get paid via credit cards or PayPal online. Another great feature is that Freshbooks will send payment reminders to any late payers automatically, taking that stress away from you! It makes the whole invoicing process a breeze, and you don’t have to worry about creating a complicated and difficult to track invoicing structure. It saves a massive amount of time too, they claim that users get paid an average of 5 days faster when they use their service.
This handy app takes out all the pain of tracking your expenses. It lets you capture receipts, track mileages and create expense reports quicker than ever before! All you have to do is take a quick snap of your receipt and then upload it to the corresponding report in the app and it’s done. Forget having to keep masses of paper receipts and monthly filing ever again!
Whilst we are all probably acquainted with Skype for keeping in touch with far-flung friends and family, did you know that it’s also great for business? If you are a nomadic or remote worker Skype is essential. Skype makes videoconferencing incredibly easy, and transferring files and sharing your screen is simple and effective.
Starting to travel more? Then you need to stay in control of your itinerary and be organised. Tripit works by taking your booking confirmations (by you forwarding them via email) and then compiles them into one handy itinerary, which you can access anywhere, even if you are offline.
Don’t forget about your personal finances too. Monese makes getting a UK current account so easy. All you need is the app, your passport or national i.d card and an address anywhere in the EU, then you are all set. Also if you are going to be on the move you need to make sure your money is secure, and your bank is not going to charge you extortionate rates to access your own funds. Make sure you get yourself a Monese account! Once you are signed up you will get your own contactless Visa card, have access to low transfer rates (we are up to 8x cheaper than traditional banks!) and unlike pre-paid cards, with Monese your employers can pay you directly into your account – even when you are on the road! Find out how you can get your Monese account here.