Apps & Software

Free Apps For The Beginner Entrepreneur Part Two

Free Apps for the smart phone

Free apps are always a good thing!  With our society being so technologically driven, it is important that your business stay as caught up with current trends as any other big corporation.  These free apps will help you stay in touch with your employees (if you have any), keep notes, and store any media you will need for your business.

Communication Apps

Whether you are running a business by yourself or you have hired employees, communication is important.  You will want to be able to reach prospective clients, and these two free apps are a great way to to do just that! [one_half]Free Skype App For Entrepreneurs

Skype is a free to use service that allows for video and voice chat.  With your computer you can have multiple people in one call, making it easy to hold a conference.  You can also stream presentations through your webcam to potential customers or as training for new employees.  Skype also allows you to share the desktop on your computer as well.  All in all it is a very handy free app to have.  Google Play users rate the Skype app a 4.0 out of 5.0.[/one_half][one_half_last]Free Apps for the Beginner Entrepreneur WebexWebex is another free app that allows you to do everything that Skype does.  You can share media across Webex as well.  With a basic account you can hold a meeting for up to 3 people.  If you need more than that, a monthly paid account is required.  Google Play rates Webex a 4.1 out of 5.0.[/one_half_last]

Online Storage

When it comes to a business, storage for your media will be important.  Even if you are running a local business that isn’t web-based, there are certain aspects of your business that will be web-based such as using social media to spread the word.  Either way, you will need online storage to back up important media files such as photos, videos, and audio files.

[one_half]Free Apps Box Online StorageBox is an free app that gives the user online storage.  Right now, they have a promotion that if you log into Box from your Android phone, you will be upgraded to a 50 GB account for free!  While this is for personal use only, there are business upgrades that can be bought that will give extra storage and more users access so that you can share files with your employees.  Another neat feature is the ability to comment on uploads, making changes to items you store in the online storage easy to see and approve.  Google Play rates this app a 4.4 out of 5.0.[/one_half][one_half_last]Dropbox Free Apps for EntrepreneursDropbox is another free app that allows for online storage.  Just like Box it has other pricing options if you would like to try out more than just the personal online storage.  The free personal storage starts out at 2GB of storage and can be maxed up to 18 GB if you refer people for 500 MB per referral.  Dropbox does allow for a free trial of their Teams Dropbox.  Google Play rates this free app a 4.6 out of 5.0.[/one_half_last]

Note-taking Apps

Picture this: You’re running daily errands and suddenly you have this amazing idea for your business.  Maybe you saw an advertisement on a sign or heard a song from a passing car radio that caused an idea to spring into your mind.  Writing the idea down on a piece of paper is doable but there’s a chance you could lose it!  These two free apps will give you the access to type of these ideas to save for later so that you don’t forget them.[one_half] evernote free apps for beginner entrepreneursEvernote is the first of the two free apps that you can use to keep up with all the great ideas about your business.  It has both a web and smartphone version that sync to one another.  This way, if you take a note on your phone, it will be waiting on your computer when you get home.  You can store different types of media such as documents, recorded audio, and photos.  The app is free but has paid options as well.  Google Play rates Evernote 4.7 out of 5.0. [/one_half] [one_half_last]Free Apps for the Beginner Entrepreneur       Google Keep is a brand new note-taking app that was released a little over a week ago.  It has the same basic capabilities as Evernote and is 100 percent free for the user.  It syncs from your Android phone to Google Drive on the web.  It allows you to customize note colors, make lists, add photos, and take notes.  Google Play rates the app a 4.4 out of 5.0.[/one_half_last]

There are certainly more free apps on the marketplace and new ones coming out every day, but currently these are some of the top rated apps that will benefit you and your business.  Good luck!

 

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Chase H. Williams

Chase H. Williams is a writer, serial entrepreneur, professional procrastinator, dreamer, explorer and risk taker. He’s been weightless aboard a NASA C9-B aircraft and his head hasn’t quite come back down from the clouds. Visit his website @ chasewritescopy.com

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