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Andrew Frost has compiled a list of this top five mobile app recommendations to make the day-to-day running of a business much easier.


Almost every entrepreneur and business person today has a smartphone of some sort. The devices have revolutionised the way we live our lives, both in a personal and business capacity. However, the sheer amount of apps available to download through the respective iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows markets mean it’s difficult to find the essential apps that can make a real difference to a business.

With this in mind, I’ve curated my top five recommendations to make the day-to-day running of your small business much easier.

Dropbox

As smartphone users increasingly begin to take advantage of cloud-based backup storage, Dropbox is arguably the must-have app on the market. Available to download through most devices, Dropbox is free and lets you share your photos, videos and files easily across a range of platforms.

Install the service on your computer to ensure any files you save are automatically synchronised across all the devices linked to your account, including the official Dropbox website. Everything can literally be taken on the go. The only downside is that in comparison to rival services, such as Google Drive, the free 2GB they give you to start doesn’t really go far. You can earn additional storage space, though, by using specific features or doing things like refer a friend.

Price: The upgraded business plan is £11 a month per user

Available: iOS, Android and BlackBerry 

ABBYY Business Card Reader

In a world where technology continues to confine business tasks to the past, the ABBYY Business Card Reader app is an absolute gem. As a small business, you’ll always be on the lookout for new contact cards through networking, but it’s no secret that they can be extremely difficult to manage.

The ABBYY Business Card Reader eliminates the hassle by scanning a business card before automatically saving all the contact information to your smartphone – all done in a matter of seconds. Not only does this speed up the process of filing someone’s details and make sure they’re watertight, but the app also backs them up, removing the risk of losing a paper card.

Price: £3.99

Available: iOS, Android and Windows

Office 365

While all the talk around Office 365 invariably surrounds the desktop or, more recently, the tablet version, the official app is still a pretty handy tool to have. Admittedly, it’s got a way to go in order to replicate the success of its sister versions; however it’s a brilliant aide, allowing you to create and edit documents on your device through the cloud.

All the popular programmes, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint are accessible, ensuring that as a business owner, you can continue working on a document virtually anywhere outside the office. The app is only available to Office 365 subscribers though, so make sure you invest in that service.

Price: Subscription with Office 365 needed to use the app (£7.99 a month)

Available: iOS, Android and Windows

Skype

When you mention video conferencing tools, the majority of people’s thoughts will immediately turn to Skype; with good reason though because it’s a tried and tested service. Used by most business professionals, Skype enables you to instantly connect with your employees or other business people through one-on-one video sessions. It’s also great for sending images and instant messaging.

Although the picture quality can be somewhat poor, the fact that it’s free and available across all devices, makes it a better option than GoMeeting, for example. The app will ensure you remain flexible outside the office, particularly when travelling.

Price: Free

Available: iOS, Android and Windows

LinkedIn

While Twitter and Facebook continue to rule as the most popular social media platforms, LinkedIn is arguably the best network when it comes to business potential. In fact, it is reported that 22% of online adults use the service to unearth new connections that may lead to new business or their next great employee.

LinkedIn is great for keeping up to speed with the very latest news and thoughts in your respective industry by following “influencers”, or by joining one of the thousands of available groups. It is also great for creating a company page on which you can share business news and attract new followers.

Price: Free – business premium packages can be purchased, starting from £14.99 a month

Available: iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows

 

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