Using apps for productivity is a no-brainer for those who have a lot on their plate, but figuring out which apps are best and which apps work together well is really the question. There are tons of mobile apps available, but there is such a thing as using too many, and some work better than others depending on your business venture.
Keep in mind, however, that you'll see lots of advice on top apps online, so it's important not to get too overwhelmed. You won't be able to try every productivity app out there, so it's best to read a few descriptions and then take a leap. It may take a bit of trial and error, but the apps below are good places to start (and all work for both iPhone and Android):
- Trello is a desktop tool that's been big with small businesses trying to manage content and is quickly becoming popular for entrepreneurs too. Not only can you keep your content organized (with columns for pending articles, articles that need editing, who is assigned to articles and due dates, etc.), but you can also use the app with staff or partners so that everyone can collaborate via mobile.
- Humin is a must-have for entrepreneurs. Relationships and networking are crucial these days, and this app helps you keep track of where you met someone, their contact information, and any other details you want to add. You will need someone's phone number to start keeping track of information, but that's it.
- Timeful is a calendar app that's particularly useful for entrepreneurs and also great for everyday life. The app includes a to-do list that will pay attention to when you do things and when you check things off, then suggest how you may want to manage your time in the future. It's amazingly smart!
- Sunrise is a really cool app that pulls information from your LinkedIn account, so you're always ready to meet someone new (not only with information about him/her, but also a profile picture!). It uses a calendar form and has great syncing options for all of your calendars and iCloud. For an entrepreneur, this is one of the most valuable apps on this list.
- Asana is all about communication. Not only does this shared app let you monitor different projects and work with your team, it allows you to keep group conversations in one place, making it easy to communicate on the go.
- Quip takes collaboration one step further, making it easy to create spreadsheets and even presentations. According to a Business Insider article, this shared app was created by Facebook's former chief technology officer Bret Taylor and is considered a "mobile word processing app."
- Workflow is different from most apps on this list in that sets up rules for your phone based on actions you take. For example, if you take a photo and use a certain hashtag, you can tell your phone to immediately upload that to your Twitter. The app is designed to make sure you don't miss anything and to save you time.
- Swipes is another to-do list type app for organization. You won't see it on many lists when researching top apps because it isn't the most popular (yet), but it's a great one to try because you can sync your Evernote, Dropbox, Google Calendar, and more.
- Slack works like a chat room where you can create different channels for different projects and include multiple team members. You can even turn on notifications for your desktop or mobile phone, so you'll never miss a beat.
- Any.do is great even if you're not an entrepreneur and is another great tool for staying organized. I love the interface and find this app incredibly easy to use because you can drag and drop tasks, create categories, and set up reminder notifications.