10 free apps every entrepreneur needs

Being an entrepreneur eats away at pretty much all your time and, initially, a large chunk of any savings: but with free and useful apps there is a way to fight back and regain some of those invaluable minutes and resources.

Here’s our list of ten free apps for entrepreneurs on the move:

1. Doodle

Sick of wasting time endlessly emailing to get that important meeting in the diary? Doodle streamlines the process allowing you to finalise plans with just one email, meaning you can spend more time on what matters – growing your business. Create an event online with potential dates, send it to your colleagues or clients and let them vote on the time that suits all. Once everyone has taken part the app works out the best time for everyone and notifies you. Done.

Free to download on iOS, and your colleagues and clients don’t even need to have the app for it to work. The desktop version is available here.

2. Wunderlist

The best ‘to-do list’ app out there. As well as allowing you to manage your own progress, the new app allows you to share to-do lists with colleagues and assign tasks to individuals. This makes for a seamless collaborative experience, ensuring the team is constantly up to speed– saving you from constantly requesting progress reports.

Free to download on iOS, Android and Windows phones. You can download from the website here.

3. Evernote

The modern Filofax. Meeting notes, to do lists, articles you want to read, images, PowerPoints, all important ideas – all of these can be filed and organised within the app, and are accessible on the go. Indispensable.

Free to download on iOS and Android. You can sign up for the app here.

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4. Upwork

Upwork is the world’s largest online workplace, making it faster and easier for businesses to find and hire skilled freelancers from around the globe. With the Upwork Messenger App you can keep jobs moving while you’re on the go. The app alerts you when jobs have been accepted or declined, and makes it easy to keep in touch with your freelancers.

Free to download on iTunes App Store and Android.

5. Skype

Perfect for conference or long-distance calls, helping to control your budget if you are dealing with international clients. What’s more, you can easily send files to colleagues or clients of any size during voice, video or group calls. Users on Windows and Mac can take part in group chats of up to 10 people for free, and the mobile app is a fantastic way to keep in contact on the go.

Free to download for iPhone, Android and Windows devices. Find your app from Skype’s website here.

6. LastPass

How much time have you wasted trying to remember which password goes with what login? LastPass is a password vault and strong password generator in one. Once you have your account synced with your device, LastPass will keep track of all your details for you – no more typing in your mothers maiden name and hoping!

Free to download on iPhone and Android you can get the app here.

7. newton (formerly called CloudMagic

If you use a few different email services then Newton is a must have app for you. It supports Gmail, iCloud, Exchange and IMAP accounts, amongst others, and brings together your email accounts into one inbox. This app will save you a lot of time flicking between your different email services, and simplify your day.

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Free to download for iPhone and Android. Check out your options here.

8. Dropbox

You never know when you are going to need to access a document or a video. Dropbox is the go to cloud storage provider – it’s mobile app means you will always be ‘meeting ready’, even when on the move. It also means that in the event you lose your phone, or misplace your computer your files are all safe waiting to be re-downloaded.

Free to download there are versions available here for iOS, Android or Windows phones.

9. LinkedIn

Keeping in contact with business prospects and associates is vital to expanding your business. Everytime you meet someone new connect with them on LinkedIn – you never know when they may become useful. Using the handy app you can manage your profile and share articles establishing yourself as a thought leader in your network.

Free to download on iTunes App Store and Google Play – details here

10. Pocket

Entrepreneurs are always spotting articles on Twitter that may spark an idea or contain invaluable advice. With Pocket you can save articles you spot online, but don’t have time to read right now, for later. It is also particularly useful when on the tube, as once saved you can read the article offline.

Free to download for iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry and S60

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Praseeda Nair

Praseeda Nair

Praseeda was Editor for GrowthBusiness.co.uk from 2016 to 2018.

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