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10 Free Productivity Apps for Startups and Entrepreneurs


The job of an entrepreneur is never easy with increasing workload and pressure that requires multitasking, and things start going south when the business starts scaling up and expanding. Fortunately, technology and mobile apps have made it easier for today’s entrepreneurs in managing time more efficiently and in getting things done faster.
Below listed are some of the apps that will help entrepreneurs in being more productive and efficient.

1. Slack 

An internal team messaging app that offers chat rooms, private group spaces and direct messaging, and allows users to share files, videos and images. Application data can be easily synced to user’s desktop. Slack allows users to instantly create channels for projects, topics, or teams providing a transparent communication platform for the participants. Private channels can also be initiated to share sensitive information which cannot be seen by other users. Every message, document, and file shared in Slack is archived and automatically indexed making the search for one particular message easier.

2. Asana

Asana is a project management tool that helps users in navigating between multiple tasks that can get a bit confusing at times to keep track. This keeps the entire team organized and avoids clogging the inbox. Users get to see the progress report of each project with the number of tasks pending and completed and keep a track of each team member’s tasks. It allows you to create multiple projects, break them down into tasks and assign them to team members.

3. Tiny Scanner

Tiny Scanner is a scanner app that turns your mobile device into a portable document scanner that can scan documents, photos, receipts and convert them easily to PDFs. So, rather than piling up your desk with tax receipts, invoices and other documents you can simply convert them to PDF files and organize them on your laptop.

4. Skype

If you haven’t been living under a rock all your life, you would have used Skype at least once. Skype is possibly the most popular video-conferencing tool available. Skype is a great tool for evading long-distance calling charges and connecting with people in your company or partners when you are overseas. Skype application also offers free group video calls, so, now you can bring in the entire team for a quick huddle.

5. TripIt

TripIt is your go-to travel plan manager if you are a jet-setter. This app consolidates all your travel plans, regardless of which website you used to purchase your ticket or make a reservation. Simply forward your travel confirmation emails to TripIt and the app will automatically create a detailed daily itinerary for every trip. TripIt synchronizes the travel plans with Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook keeping you updated and notified at all times.

6. Expensify

Keeping track of official expenses can be a big headache at times and submitting all the receipts for reimbursements is worse. Expensify makes capturing expense reports quick and easy. You can simply take a picture of the receipt and the app reads the receipt and extracts the expenses automatically.

7. Evernote

Startups are home grounds for new and bright ideas and Evernote serves as a great tool to write down and organize these nuggets of ideas. You can create “notebooks” in Evernote and name it according to your project and push all the pieces of information (websites, research articles, photos, ideas, etc.) related to the project.

8. Dropbox

Dropbox is your free cloud storage and sharing space for all your files, documents, videos, photos, etc., that are safely backed up and can be shared with any recipient without having to email them. Dropbox allows easy access to your documents from any connected device.

9. Pocket

A phone-based bookmarking app that allows users to save articles, videos and other web content for reading later. The app syncs across your phone, tablet and desktop so you can come back to it whenever and wherever you’d like. All the content pieces are saved offline in a clean, easy-to-view layout that is free of distractions.

10. Buffer

Buffer is a social media sharing tool that allows users to share content across social media platforms from a single place. Any link, image, article, etc., you wish to share with your friends or followers can be simply added to your Buffer and the updates will be automatically scheduled and spaced out throughout the day to avoid flooding your friends and followers. The scheduling option helps entrepreneurs who are targeting multiple geographies greatly by scheduling the post to a custom time for maximum reach out.  
These mobile applications will not turn a washout into million dollar startup, but will definitely help improve your efficiency, stay organized and save time.

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