Are you a tech savvy individual that has an app for everything? If the answer is yes, are we related by any chance? *insert laughter*. If you are anything like me, one of my favorite questions is "Do they offer that in an app?" Apps just make life easier in my opinion.
So, I've compiled a short list of all of my favorite organizational apps to use with my small business. I kindly took the time to make sure all apps are Apple and Android friendly. I hope this list helps you in your business. Let's dive right in.
I am a stickler for organization, as it is important in almost every aspect of life. Dropbox is the perfect space to save all of your projects and photos and even share files with clients easily. Think of organized folders with names you choose and a sense of ease finding those important files. If you prefer another program over Dropbox, there are alternatives like Google Drive and OneDrive. There are also free and paid options for Dropbox and it is an app available on both iOS and Android (There's also a desktop version).
Trello is one of my favorite apps by far. Trello is basically a project management app that has so many uses. Your space (board) is compiled of lists and cards, each card can be a task and then you can break that card down into lists. I use Trello to keep track of custom orders not generally listed on my site as well as a "Design Space" to communicate with my logo design clients. You have the ability to tag clients to any specific thing you want them to see and/or respond on also. See example below for how I use Trello to organize my workload.
Evernote is the perfect app for notetaking, as well as keeping those notes organized. You have the ability to share the notes across devices as well. Evernote is available on all platforms too! A perfect alternative is Notes, an app that automatically comes on Apple devices.
Slack is good for collaborations and meetings with your staff or group. Slack allows you to organize conversations and better communicate. No need for multiple emails and cc'ing multiple people in that email. Chat with your whole team in one place or even private message certain colleagues.
Google Calendar is perfect for keeping you on tracks with deadlines, events and anything you would think to add to a calendar. It also syncs with almost everything. I use Google Calendar with this site to keep you all up to date with upcoming classes and even to show when I'm available for any kind of bookings. It even syncs with Google Nest devices to remind you to walk the dog at 10 am. If you're gonna use a calendar, this is the one. Available on all devices, with a Gmail subscription.
I rave about Pinterest all over my Twitter page. I usually talk about it in regards to using it for art inspiration but it has much more value than just that. Pinterest is essentially a more organized Google Search. Think of categories with pictures and videos to match and you have Pinterest. Pinterest is my "not so secret" weapon for a lot of topics. Pinterest is free to use and is available on iOS as well as Android (desktop is available as well). Pinterest has a business account option that all business owners should take advantage of.
And last but not least, Buffer! Buffer is a post scheduling app that makes the busy life of a entrepreneur on social media so much easier. You can schedule Twitter, Instagram and Facebook posts all in one place, Pinterest too, I believe. Think of the free time you will have when you don't have to worry about manually posting three times a day. There are alternatives like Planoly, Hootsuite, and countless others. It's just about finding what works best for you as well as comparing pricing plans.
I hope this short list helps you get the organizing process started. Do your research beyond this list and see what apps work best for you and your business needs. If you have any other apps that I haven't mentioned, feel free to leave a comment or start a discussion in our Forum. I would love to hear your feedback.