Great Apps for Home Business Owners

Are you a home worker who loves using smart phone apps to run and monitor your home based business?

Maybe you’re searching for the best free phone application for your business start-up. There are tons of options out there that will help you be more efficient in your professional life.

Beth Gadd takes a look at a few that could revolutionise how you work! 

Are you a home worker who loves using smart phone apps to run and monitor your home based business?

1. Google Calendar Sync

If you use your Google calendar to schedule your life, it can be difficult to access it when you’re on the go. When you use Google Calendar Sync, you can automatically and immediately sync your Google calendar with the built-in calendar app on your phone. Your calendar will sync both ways, too, so when you update your phone’s calendar, your Google calendar will update as well.

Perfect for those freelancers who are always out and about visiting clients!

2. Mint

Mint is totally free and super easy to use. This phone app will let you view, track and manage all of your personal and business finances, even across several different bank account. Mint is entirely safe and secure, meaning that your personal information and financial stats will be protected at all times.

The app will organize and categorize your transactions so that everything you do is easy to find and streamlined. The app will also create a budget for you based on your spending trends. Once you sign up at Mint and add your bank accounts, you’ll receive a secure PIN number that you can use when downloading the phone app.

3. Clock-In

Whether you have to monitor your time for yourself or so you know how much to charge your home-based franchise clients, the free Clock-In app will help. Think of the app as a virtual punch card, letting you clock in and out to record how much time you spend on particular tasks.

4. Evernote

Evernote is fabulous for home working creative professionals. You can record just about everything you need to, from text to photos and audio. Evernote automatically syncs over an internet connection, so when you’re on your laptop, you can see everything on a larger screen. You can also easily search through all of your notes with the keyword feature.

5. Social Media Apps

Today, there’s a free app for almost any social media platform you use, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr. Download the phone apps so that you can keep up with your home business contacts when you’re away from your computer. You can also set these apps to alert you when you receive new messages or updates, so you truly never miss a beat.

6. Phone Swipe

PhoneSwipe can help you increase your start-up business revenue when you’re away from your desk. You can easily accept credit card payments on a variety of smart phones, which means that you can get paid even if you don’t have your computer in front of you. This is extremely useful for home business owners who get out and about.

iHubbub is keen to get cracking and try these apps for ourselves. If you've had any experience with them, please let us know what you think and what you experienced.

Beth Gadd runs a small business in IT related field. She operates at home while has also set up a Servcorp virtual office. She believes having an executive office in a central business area for meeting clients definitely helps to build the creditability of her business.

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