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Do It Now! Essential Small Business Applications You Should Download Today

If you’re a blogger, you can’t seem to get away from small businesses. These companies and the people who run them are all over the web, and for good reason.

These small business owners and freelancers are doing anything they can to use the technology at hand to turn a profit. It seems like a fairly basic concept, but did you know there are ways even the brightest small business owners aren’t utilizing the technology available to us?

If you’re reading this, it’s likely you own a smartphone. Most of the country now relies on smartphones for the latest news and sports updates, to help us conduct our daily business, and surprise, to make phone calls and send text messages.

But did you know there are smartphone applications that are designed specifically to help small business owners and freelancers alike with their corporate operations? Well, they do, and each day you let pass is one more day of additional stress and frustration that you do not need in the office. If you’re tired of coming home at the end of the day and stressing over the job, consider downloading these apps.

Asana

You may not have heard of this app before, but if you ever collaborate on projects with your employees or contractors, this is the perfect application for you. Asana removes the element of surprise from a collaboration, providing you with real-time progress of your projects. Asana only has you work with one interface, making it exceptionally simple to navigate and use.

asana

Compared to other corporate management applications, Asana is amongst the most simple, making your life that much less stressful when you’re managing multiple projects and don’t have time to waste scrolling through multiple pages and interfaces.

Expensify

If you’ve owned your company for a while, you know how stressful tax season can be for a freelancer or small business owner. Tax codes provide small business owners with breaks for spending money to operate their companies, which can be entirely too difficult to properly track and difficult to store as you probably won’t think about them until March or April. This is where Expensify comes to the rescue.

expensify

As its website proclaims, Expensify produces “Expense reports that don’t suck!” Letting you take a photo of a receipt, this handy app categorizes your receipts and expenses based on customized subsections that you control, and will even sync your expenses and receipts with your accounting software.

Can you imagine enduring another tax season where you have to input all of this data into your accounting software? Well, don’t, because Expensify will nearly wipe away your troubles.

Mint

Unfortunately, when I first opened my own company, I didn’t know how important it was to properly manage my cash flow. Sure, I knew the basic principles, but in essence, I was foolish. I didn’t do the proper research, and I surely didn’t take advantage of Mint’s iPhone budgeting app, much to my chagrin.

mint mobile

Mint will let you track all of your earnings and expenses, set budgets in general or customized sub-budgets, and will help you stay on top of your expenses with bill reminders. And since Mint was acquired by Intuit, this app will effortlessly sync to your Intuit and QuickBooks software, making it a breeze to add to your current financial management program.

Dropbox

Back in November 2012, Dropbox announced it would claim to have over 100 million users. With that kind of following, Dropbox has to be on to something.

dropbox

An easy-to-use and rather ingenious application, Dropbox is a file hosting service that uses cloud storage to allow its users to bring any type of file they might have to one location, where they can also share their media as desired. If you’ve ever been caught in traffic, had a sick child you needed to tend to, or have had anything else prevent you from getting files to someone in the office, Dropbox is the most efficient and secure file-sharing application I have found to date.

Hi, I’m Bradley. I’m a happily married man with a beautiful son whom I adore, and I love technology! Ever since I bought my first computer with an amber screen (I know, I’m dating myself here) I've been captivated by the newest technological advances. I learn something new each and every day, and I love sharing my wealth of knowledge with those seeking to better inform themselves. Whether it’s the newest smartphones, tablets, or apps, I’m all about it. When I’m not being a super-geek, you can find me taking photographs in natural forests, spoiling my wife and son, or, you guessed it, blogging.

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  • Farrell Conejos June 4, 2013, 9:42 am

    Well, to be honest, I’m not really an app guy but I do know about Dropbox since I use it as cloud storage system in my pc. But to think that it’s also available for as a smartphone app, it only shows how technology has been improving to ease the life of everyone. With the dropbox app installed in a smartphone, it’s more easy to access important files for transactions whenever and wherever you are. It’s more convenient for small business owners this way though.
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    • Bradley Derringer June 12, 2013, 7:08 am

      Hey Farrell, thanks for commenting! You’re spot on; if you’re using Dropbox for PC cloud storage, installing the application will make you a virtual powerhouse in your ability to access all of your work documents anywhere you have cell service.
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  • Aqib Shahzad June 1, 2013, 10:56 pm

    Informative article. Mint is also a great app because it helps you stay organized and is very simple to use. Also agree on the point about smart phones quickly taking over for updates on the latest news!

  • Roger June 1, 2013, 4:24 am

    Surprised to not see Evernote included in this list. I can’t live without it. But nice informative article. Aside from Dropbox, I had not really heard of most of these resources. Off to discover them now. Thank you.

    • Bradley Derringer June 12, 2013, 6:55 am

      Thanks for commenting, Roger. It was hard to leave Evernote off the list. You’re not alone in your love for it. Hope the new apps help you out!

  • Lisa May 31, 2013, 8:27 am

    I’m a BIG fan of Dropbox and couldn’t do without it. I’ve heard about Mint but haven’t tried it so far. Will give it a look now. I know its SO important to neatly manage cash flow reports; otherwise it will all be chaos quite soon!
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  • Kate Finley May 31, 2013, 4:59 am

    Like and use Dropbox. Didn’t know about Mint, will try it on, the idea of this app is rather good. thanks for useful info!

  • Ron May 31, 2013, 1:27 am

    Awesome Post. Asana is a great app and Expensify can be come in really “handy” at times. Mint is also a great app because it helps you stay organized and is very simple to use. Also agree on the point about smartphones quickly taking over for updates on the latest news!

    • Bradley Derringer June 12, 2013, 7:03 am

      Hey Ron, thanks for the comment! I love Asana, but I don’t really know many who use it – yet. I think it’s just a matter of time before Asana becomes one of the most downloaded small biz apps out there.

  • Vernessa Taylor
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    May 30, 2013, 1:09 pm

    Very nice roundup, Bradley.
    Here’s another one: apps for moving your business (or residence). To my surprise, this was something I came across when doing research for an article (I talked a bit about their utility in the article in my CL sig below).

    Of course, these are not “essential” in the everyday sense of useful apps for small business, but for those occasional moves, they might fit the bill. :)
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    • Bradley Derringer June 12, 2013, 7:05 am

      Than,s Vernessa! Great additional info! Not many people know how to make moving less stressful. Thanks for the info!

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