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!