For those of you all who listen to our podcast, Can I Park Here?, you know that we love our iPhones. We also love our tablets. I don’t think we could live without them. Seriously, it would be kind of hard. I really don’t know how I survived my school years.
We ask our guest what apps they prefer, but I thought I would take this opportunity to give you my must have apps for business. I will break them down into categories and indicate the ones that have a fee. I hope these apps will be game changers for your business. They are all available on iPhone, some on the iPad. Most should be available on Android. I’ve provided links to iTunes below.
Sad thing is … these are just my favorite that relate to business. I probably have about 40 additional apps on my phone.
All of our sites are self hosted and use WordPress. With the WordPress app we can approve comments and update most content on the fly. Even though I like Apple tech, Google is my BFF. Google apps help us keep track of stats and revenue. The MailChimp app helps us keep track of emails going out and new subscribers while Hootsuite helps us send out content.
- Analytics (article on Google Analytics)
- MailChimp (article on collecting emails)
- Hootsuite (article on managing social networks)
Managing Sales / Money
The Sell on Etsy app is great for keeping track of sales and adding new pieces. When available I always use PayPal for purchases so I love having the app to keep track of my spending. For vending on the go I prefer PayPal Here and Square. I will eventually use Sell on Etsy for selling, but I haven’t received a card reader yet.
I actually have alot more apps, but these are really the ones I use almost daily. The default Camera and Photo apps actually work great. I’ve tried others but none are as simple and easy to use as those. Occasionally I’ll use Camera+ if I’m having a hard time getting a crisp photo. When I need to do any manipulation I use VSCOcam (I love them). If I need overlay text I’ll open up PicLab.
- Camera – default
- Camera+ (podcast on photography)
- Photos – default
- VSCOcam (article on hiring a photographer)
I may have an issue with making list. ToDoist and Any.Do are part of my obsession. I use Any.Do for everyday task and grocery list. ToDoist is for tasking only related to the business. Sunrise is a calendar app that connects to ToDoist which is great for reminders.
I use Evernote for story boarding and Voice Memos occasionally when I don’t have time to type. Evernote does have the ability to record, but I prefer to use a separate app for my random thoughts.
Astral and I live and die by the following applications. We mostly use them on the desktop, but the mobile apps help us quickly access information that we need.
To Get Where I Need To Go
I’m a women on the go and I don’t have time to get lost. Waze provides real time traffic and road conditions. The data is supplied by everyday users.
If you have both of these apps installed Google will display information from Waze so you can avoid heavy traffic areas. If you’re in DC you need Parkmobile. My tickets have decreased significantly.
I’ve recently added Uber and I think when I visit places like New York it will become my next favorite app.
If I’m traveling for business or pleasure I start with these three. I find hotels based on ratings from Trip Advisor and then depending on the distance I head on over to Orbitz or Amtrak.
Reading and Listening
Cast is my favorite podcast app. If you’re interested in a list of my favorite podcast just let me know in the comments below. Kindle is for my books, Feedly helps me keep track of my blogs, and Pocket lets me collect websites that I want to look at later.
Social Media Apps
I’ve listed all of the usual suspects here in rank order, but I want to call out a few. Periscope is my new favorite app. We recently posted an article about it. It lets you broadcast from your location LIVE!
Pinterest is therapy for me. I only use it on my iPad to ensure I’m repinning beautiful quality photos to my personal account. It’s an addiction! I’ve started a Pinterest account for FFT also, you should check it out.
You’ll notice I have sub bullets under instagram. I like InstantRepost becuase it allows me to repost without the big bar on the bottom of the photo. Giant Square allows me to cut up photos so I can have one gigantic one in my feed.
- Periscope (article on Periscope)
Fiverr is great for so many random things for $5! Oh, and Amazon. All of my podcast equipment was purchased with this app. Love Amazon. I recently gave in and upgraded to the Amazon Prime account.
Want to learn a random skill like Calligraphy. Skillshare is the place.
- Skillshare (I only use it on the tablet)
Sanity – BONUS
Last but not least, I need my Starbucks app. Without the quick access to caffeine I probably wouldn’t have been able to write this article. j/k—sort of