As a Black Woman Business Owner we are often always on the go. So being able to operate our business wherever we are is important.
You can have the whole world in your pocket.
If that’s what you want.
Here are 10 types of mobile applications every business owner should have on their phone.
1. Your Main Website
Being able to access your website on the go is great for when you need to update inventory, check for a broken link or chat with a consumer. Checks with your web host to see what app services are offered that will help increase your mobile web activity.
Common web apps include, Wix, Shopify, Squarespace
Tracking your expensive as you go can help you when you need to sit down at the end of the month. Especially if you’re a one-person show. Find an app that will help you with business payments, manage and pay bills, and payroll functions.
Common accounting apps: QuickBooks, Wave, Xero, Honeybooks
3. An Online Storage
Having a place to access and share important files is always gold on the go. Keeping items like your business licenses, EIN and whatever you might need to share when you’re on a call or away from your desk will help show that not only are you on top of your paperwork, but you keep it in order.
Common file sharing apps: Google Driver, Dropbox, and OneDrive
Email is often the prefer method of communication for many businesses. Having access to your inbox is a gift (and sometimes a curse. Remember just because you see it right away, doesn’t mean you have to answer it right away.) Make sure to have your spell and grammar check on your email setting and put a mobile signature in place.
Common Email Apps: Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo
5. Online Payment System App
Accepting and Receiving payments is necessary for any business to operate having these apps in your pocket allows this to happen wherever you are.
Common Payment Apps: PayPal, Stripe, Square, Intuit
6. Banking App
It’s important to remember that your online payment system is not a bank account. Having access to your bank account can help when moving money, depositing checks, etc.
Check with you business bank account website or manager to see what apps are available.
7. Social Media
Creating or sharing information when it comes to your business is needed to help spread the word about your business. Figure out what social media apps are most used by your customers and keep those apps on your phone to help you engage.
Common Social Media Apps: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
8. Social Media Scheduling Apps
If you want spend less time posting, using an scheduling app will be key. These allow you to plan your social media post ahead for the week so you can spend more time focusing on your business. A lot of scheduling apps also offer Analytics that will help grow your business.
Common Scheduling Apps: Later, buffer, Hootsuite, Planoly
9. Design & Editing Apps
Using an app that can help you create social media graphics and other visual content on the go can help keep you in front of the competition. Explore ones that make you feel comfortable when looking to enhance your photos, videos and more.
Common Design & Editing Apps: Canva, Adobe Create Suite, Befunky, Over.
10. Personal App
Always, all ways, take time to breath and be still. Mediations, pray, peaceful app is something we should all have. Find something that reminds you of peace and stillness and use that app daily.
Common Meditation Apps: Liberate, Insight Timer, Headspace.