Having your hands full is just part of being an entrepreneur, but we’ve got a list of tools of the trade that can help make your day-to-day more successful. Here are a few of our must-have iOS and Android mobile apps for business owners to stay connected while they’re on the go.
Facebook Business Manager
Have you ever struggled with managing simultaneous notifications from your personal Facebook page and your business listing? Enter the Facebook Pages Manager app, a handy, scaled-down version of Business Manager that you find on your desktop web browser.
Facebook Business Manager
Download App — iTunes
Download App — Google Play
If you’ve ever wanted to dump everything you know about your business from your brain into one search-friendly archive, Evernote is a dream come true. The mobile app lets you access anything and everything you need to run your business from the palm of your hand — saving docs like licenses and permits, bills, receipts, and business cards; inventory and suppliers lists; equipment serial numbers; and training manuals are just some of the suggestions Evernote gives for small businesses.
If you’re one of Gmail’s 1 billion monthly active users, you’re already set up with a Drive account to store and share files. If you haven’t experimented with this tool for your business, you’re missing out. Drive enables you to share files (over 90 types!) with your team with a simple link, and with the Google Drive mobile app, you can easily download files you’ve received in your inbox. No more needing to open your email on your desktop to save important documents!
Google My Business
Earlier this month, Google announced an update to their Google My Business (GMB) app that adds major functionality for business owners. Take control of your listing while you’re out and about with this tool, which lets you:
- Manage how your local business appears on Google Search and Maps
- Edit your business information (e.g. address, phone number, and hours)
- Respond to reviews, questions, and messages from customers
- Share new photos and post updates on special offers and events
- See how customers find and interact with your business on Google
You’d never close up for the night without locking the door, would you? It’s just as important (maybe even more important) to use encrypted, complex passwords to keep your business accounts safe. 1Password is a service that provides a mobile vault for all your individual logins and provides one master password to unlock access at an affordable rate ($2.99/mo). If you’re looking for even more protection and reporting, 1Password also offers business services at a monthly rate ($7.99/user).
— Kayla Moses