At Neon Roots, we’ve built and launched more than 300 mobile apps and digital products – so suffice it to say, we’ve seen our fair share of apps on the market.
But more than just being mobile app developers, we’re also avid users of mobile apps and keep close tabs on new products that might make use more effective in the workplace.
If you’re an entrepreneur or want to start your own company, using software can vastly improve your productivity and your efficacy. The key is using the right software and avoiding wasting time on a product that takes more effort than it’s worth.
With that in mind, here are a few of our favorite mobile apps for entrepreneurs. Use them wisely and they can save you time, improve your productivity, and help you reach your goals and grow your business faster.
Warren Buffett is worth almost $80 billion. So when he started his investing career, he was probably spending 18 hours a day on the trading floor, right?
Wrong. He was spending most of his time reading 600 to 1,000 pages every single day.
And he’s not alone – the likes of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and countless other hyper-successful entrepreneurs maintain a voracious reading habit. If you want to be successful in entrepreneurship, you may want to do the same.
Pocket is a simple app that lets you save articles, download them to your phone, and read them later, on your own time. It’s an invaluable resource for anyone that wants to keep learning, every day – as any good entrepreneur should.
Whether you’re looking to create a successful mobile app or start an offline business, you need to be militant about your time management. Effectively partitioning and managing your time is a critical skill to running a successful business at any level, and as Peter Drucker would say: “What gets measured gets improved.”
Toggl is a deceptively simple time-tracking app with a bare minimum of feature set, and while that may seem like a downside, its simplicity is what makes it so powerful. With a mobile app and web browser integration, Toggl makes it effortless to track the amount of time you’re spending on different tasks, allowing you to better understand how to manage your time effectively.
Toggl’s simplicity is also a great lesson in how to develop a mobile app effectively: it’s barely more than an MVP. It does one thing, perfectly. And as we’ve said many times before, that’s the best way to achieve success with a digital product.
Especially early on in the entrepreneurial journey, effectively managing customers and leads is critical to your success. You don’t really have a business until you have revenue, and even if you’re not selling products to clients and want to do a free or freemium revenue model on your app, that still means you’re going to need to work with advertisers or distribution networks.
Highrise makes it easy to stay up to date on every lead, keeping you informed before any meeting or conversation without needing to spend 20 minutes bringing yourself back up to speed on the client. By saving all your customer and lead information in one place and giving you access on the go, Highrise is like a personal assistant in a box – and it’ll make it much easier to close those big clients when the time comes.
To run a company or serve as Product Owner for a mobile app, you must be well organized, and your system must be airtight. There’s no way to do it otherwise – there are simply too many tasks to keep track of.
Trello is one of the best productivity tools out there, bar none. It’s what fuels productivity on the NR team, allowing us to keep track of the tasks that are really important and make sure nothing slips through the cracks.
It’s also equally effective for individuals as it is for teams, and it has the flexibility necessary to scale with you as you grow. Put a little time into setting up your Trello boards and you’ll thank yourself for it in the long run.
It doesn’t matter if you’re making a mobile game centered on demented bunnies or an enterprise cybersecurity tool – at the end of the day, your business lives or dies on money.
Freshbooks makes it easy to effectively manage your invoices, expenses, taxes, and all the other dollars and cents of your accounting so you can get your business to profitability as fast as possible and keep it there. Money truly is the lifeblood of any business, mobile app or otherwise – so you need a powerful tool to keep that cash flowing in the right direction and keep your business growing sustainably.
Make a System that Works for Your Business
At the end of the day, every business is different, and you need to find a productivity system that works for you. The important thing is to build a system that serves your needs and makes you a more efficient entrepreneur so you can focus on what really matters: providing value to your customers.
With the right tools, you can get more done in less time, grow and scale your business faster, and build the thriving company you’re dreaming of.
So get out there and make it happen.