Top Apps For Start-Up Home Businesses

With half a million new businesses expected to have begun in 2013, how can you ensure your fledgling home business start-up stands out from the crowd? Trying to launch a new product or service on a shoestring budget can be daunting; however, armed with a device such as Microsoft’s Surface or Samsung’s Galaxy tablet and a selection of the smartest apps, you can ensure technology is helping your business, not hindering it.

Alan Ritchie, shares his top business apps to boost productivity, promote your home business and keep going while you’re on the move.

 top mobile apps for start up home businesses

Starting From Scratch - ‘Business Plan And Start’

A popular choice for start-ups in their early stages is the ‘Business Plan and Start’ app. It offers tutorials for every stage of start-up business growth, motivational tools to keep you on track and an entrepreneurial community for any questions you may have along the way. 

Cost: Free

Operating system: iOS, Android

Stay In Control - ‘Log Me In’

Business agility is one of the main advantages of start-ups, so you have the right tools to work on the move and capitalise on opportunities as quickly as they arise. The ‘Log Me In’ app allows you to remotely access and control your PC or Mac from your mobile device via the internet, meaning you never miss an opportunity just because you are away from your home office.

Cost: Free

Operating system: iOS, Android, Windows

Reduce The Stress Of Business Travel - ‘Tripit’

Another handy tool for business on the move is the ‘Tripit’ app. This all-in-one travel organiser gives you access to your full travel itinerary and travel plans from wherever you are via your mobile device. 

Cost: Free

Operating system: iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows

Don’t Miss Out When Inspiration Strikes - ‘Evernote’

Whether you are on the train or in the park, inspiration can strike in the most unusual of places. With ‘Evernote’ you will have an app on hand to save your best ideas with note-taking, voice recording and photo storage.

Cost: Free

Operating system: iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows

Getting The Word Out - ‘Mailchimp’

Whether you are a nimble start-up or a corporate heavyweight, marketing can have a direct impact on business growth. ‘Mailchimp’, an easy-to-use email marketing tool, provides an array of templates and subscriber segmentation options to help you target the right people at the touch of a button.

Cost: Free

Operating system: iOS, Android

Social Media Without The Hassle -‘Buffer’

One of the most cost-effective ways to promote your firm is through social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, but what’s the best time to post updates? And how can you ensure updating each site doesn’t take up all your time? The solution is the ‘Buffer’ app, which allows you to automatically post to multiple accounts and provides detailed analytics of activity response. It will also post at the best time of the day in order to maximise customer reach.

Cost: Free

Operating system: iOS, Android

Reduce The Admin - ‘Docusign’

Cut down on administrative hassle with ‘Docusign’: an app that allows you to securely sign and send documents from any device while on the move. Not only does it allow you to store electronic signatures and apply them to existing files whilst you're out and about, but it eliminates the need for printing or scanning of documents, meaning you do not have to wait until you get back to the office to print, sign and post important documents.

Cost: Free

Operating system: iOS, Windows 8, Android

 

Guest Writer Bio

Alan Ritchie, Managing Director at PC World Business, shares his top business apps to boost productivity, promote your home business and keep going while you’re on the move.

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