When youre starting a business, your phone never leaves your side.
Whether youre emailing, texting, tweeting or just checking your calendar, a smartphone is a founders best friend. But, with so many apps coming out left and right, its easy to miss out on the really useful ones.
Weve picked out a few of our favorite apps that always keep us one step ahead:
Travel made simple:
Uber -- When youre constantly rushing from one meeting to another, you dont always have time for public transportation, and getting a cab during rush hour in New York City is pretty much impossible. We love Uber when were in a hurry. Simply request a car in the app and youll be picked up within minutes. Its the easiest way to travel in style.
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HopStop -- If you do have the time for public transportation, you dont want to risk getting lost on your way to meet with your investors. HopStop will tell you the best way to get where you need to be and it will even account for service delays.
Kayak, Hotel Tonight, Airbnb -- Based in NYC, we find ourselves flying out West from time to time. The Kayak app is a great way to organize all your travel information. Use it to book flights and hotels, rent a car and have your itinerary constantly at your side. Though lets face it, when youre building a business from scratch, you cant let an opportunity pass you by and last minute trips become common place. So if we arrive in town without an itinerary, we turn to Hotel Tonight for last minute hotel deals or Airbnb for affordable lodging at local residences.
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Dropbox, Echosign -- As a startup founder, it's rare to find yourself far away from your laptop and wifi. But in the off chance that you need to access a file on-the-go, Dropbox makes sure you can get a hold of important documents anytime, anywhere. With Dropbox, upload documents to shared folders, or save them in your own private folder so all your information is always backed up. You can rest easy knowing that you can reach your files with the touch of a button. Need a signature? No problem. Echosign is an easy tool that allows you to upload files for an electronic John Hancock.
Pocket -- As founders, were often crunched for time and have to stay focused on the important things. Pocket is a fantastic app for keeping track of the things you want to read when you have some free time in your schedule. If you happen upon an interesting article in your Twitter feed, but just dont have the time for it, save it to Pocket and you can come back to it when the time is right for you.
American Express -- We also keep our finances just a click away. The American Express app makes keeping track of finances simple. You can schedule payments and check your balance quickly and easily. Its instrumental for small-business owners.
Twitter, Instagram, New York Times, Women's Wear Daily -- When youre getting your business off the ground, its easy to get caught up in it and fall behind on the news. A quick scroll through your Twitter or Instagram feed is an easy way to catch up on the world and your social circle. We also keep our iPhone newsstands stocked with our favorite publications. Add all your magazine and paper subscriptions, from the New York Times to Womens Wear Daily, and youll be able to stay up-to-date, on the go.
Ness, Seamless Web -- When you have a chance to go out for dinner, its a shame wasting precious time figuring out where to go. Thats why we love Ness. It learns your tastes based on your ratings of restaurants and recommends new places for you to try. The more you use it, the more accurate your recommendations will be. Its also helpful for planning business lunches because you can search for casual or upscale dining and make reservations within the app. Glued to your computer? Look no further than the Seamless Web app, for quick and seamless delivery to your office or doorstep.
Hukkster -- And of course, theres our all-time favorite app, Hukkster. Its impossible to stay on top of sale emails from stores when youre getting your company off the ground. With our app, you can browse your favorite stores from your iPhone or iPad, hukk the items you love, and get notified when they go on sale. You can even buy from your phone when the price is within your reach and never miss a sale again.
What apps help fuel your busy entrepreneurial life the best? Let us know in the comments section.
The author is an Entrepreneur contributor. The opinions expressed are those of the writer.
Katie Finnegan and Erica Bell are the co-founders of Hukkster, an online shopping tool that helps you track products on sites you love, get notified when those products go on sale and gives you the ability to buy when the price and time are right.