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If You Own A Small Business, Check Out These Apps

7/30/2013
A couple of weeks ago I was at the farmer’s market buying some summertime bounties and struck up a conversation about Gonzaga basketball (one of my favorite pastimes) with an interesting gentleman. Turns out we had more than college basketball interests in common because he runs a financial consulting business in the Bay Area.  

I went to trade business cards with him, and he held up his phone and asked, “Do you have Bump?” I found out Bump is an app that lets you trade contact information, files, photos and more simply by bumping two smartphones together. I thought it was cool, and he said it’s one of his favorite apps for small-business owners.

When I went to research more about Bump, I discovered a slew of apps for small-business owners to help them become more efficient and organized…essential for entrepreneurs.

The more I read, the more I saw some of the same apps mentioned over and over. Here are three apps that seem to be on most people’s list of best apps for small-business owners:

  • Square: You can turn your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch into a cash register that accepts credit card payments using this app. There are no sign-up or monthly fees required, and you’ll pay 2.75% per swipe.
  • Expensify: Track and consolidate your business expenses with your phone by scanning and uploading your receipts. Then Expensify lets you filed your expenses by trip and submit reports from your phone. 
  • TripIt: If you’re a California entrepreneur who travels a lot, TripIt can be valuable. Give it access to your email account and it will compile all of your reservations, itineraries and confirmations and streamline them into a calendar for your iPhone or iPad. You’ll see where you need to go and when, plus you get weather updates, maps and more for your destination.

If you’re a small-business owner in the Bay Area, Silicon Valley or anywhere in California, you’ll find a tremendous amount of value in a lot of these apps. And a lot of them are free to download and use.

Kevin Tofel, the mobile editor at GigaOM in San Francisco, highlights several of his favorite small-business apps in this recent interview on Fox Business. Entrepreneur Ilya Pozin, who also writes for Inc., Forbes and others, shares his own list of must-have apps for small-business owners.

You’re sure to find something you can use. Meanwhile, as you’re looking for a California credit union to support your small business, KeyPoint Credit Union provides various business checking accounts, business savings and certificate accounts, and other products, such as loans, to help your small business grow. Let us know how we can help you!

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  • Silicon Valley
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