The Top Apps for Small Business. The Best of the Best List That Will Rock Your World.
The Young Entrepreneur Foundation takes on the role of part information filter, and part crystal ball, for our readers in filtering through the clutter of apps, and even a couple tech products. We’ve come up with the go-to tech post for small business that will rock your world.
Update: 2014/15 be sure to check out these links for top apps:
The App 100: Worlds Greatest Productivity Apps
A slideshow on 25 useful apps
Social Media Winner: Google Plus
As some of you may know, the Young Entrepeneur Foundation blog was one of the early listings on Alltop.com, Guy Kawasaki’s blog aggregator. Guy is the person from Apple who made us crazy about them when they first came out. He is a “seer.” What does he see now? In this interview at SXSW, he tells us. The short version? Google+.
Guy says 99 percent of what he does online is Google+. Guy Kawasaki has written a new book on it here: WhatThePlus.com. The myths and misnomers about it remind Guy about the misunderstandings about Macintosh back in the day when he was a ground-breaking evangelist for them.
The big three are:
Facebook: Good for: Sharing information with your existing family and friends. Challenge: You’re not going to get your existing friends and family interested in new passions.
Twitter: Good for 30 seconds ago there was an Earthquake in Chile. Challenge: It’s hard to break through the noise.
Google+: Good for gathering around passions and interests. Great comments, ability to edit, Apple store look. Challenge: Many don’t know how to use it and check for friends and family first. Instead, do a search, e.g., “Photography.” It’s a totally different approach.
Other comments: Pinterest – Guy wishes he had invented it!
Hardware Winner: Droid Technology
Shockingly, when asked about using an iPad, Guy talked about using a Samsung 7.7, and other Samsung Products, and a Motorola phone. Why? He loves Android. Is this a predictor of things to come? From a business standpoint, for the next few years YES as droid will continue to steal market share. Apple users, keep an eye out. Getting ready to buy your next iPad? You might want to take a gander at a Samsung 7.7. Who knew? “It’s lighter,” says Kawasaki, “and doesn’t fall on me in bed.”
App Winner: Freeware
Let’s lead with a story about HARO (Help A Reporter Out). To most observers, it is not a software. We are the beneficiaries of this free service if we need a source for a media story, or want to be in a story. But Peter Shankman sold this business to Vocus in a short period of time. And thus, we see that the Freemium economy – discussed by Wired Managing Editor Chris Anderson in his book Free – does have major value.
Here is a list of our favorite freeware, confirmed for us by many entrepreneurs in the field. As a chaser: Some of our fav “best of” lists.
- Free Press Release & 1888PressRelease
- Help a Reporter (HARO) – Free press query blast to hundreds of thousands
- Mind42.com Mind Mapping software
- Evernote – Note-taking software that syncs (iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, web – take pics, web clips, notes, audio)
- Genius Scan –Take a picture of a document and PDF it
- iPiccy – Free photo editing software like JV Photoshop
- TalkShoe – Free con call with Mp3 recording (update – also loving UberConference these days)
- GoogleApps – Like Microsoft Xchange for small business if you don’t have the cloud (almost free)
- SlideShare.net / AuthorStream – Upload presentations
- DropBox – Store and share large files
- Biz cards – Pretty and cheap (moo.com), and there is always VistaPrint (folders,postcards, etc. here too)
- MailChimp – 2000 mail recipients for free, can email them 6x in a month, all year! Great dashboard. See this if you do affiliate marketing.
- ShoeBoxed.com -Take pic of business card, automatically entered into contacts
- SurveyMonkey or GoogleForms – Survey for free
- GoToWebinar. Need to do a webinar, record it, download it? Try a free trial (most webinar software offer trials).
- Eventbrite – Free event registration online (free if you don’t charge for tickets using their site). Lots of bells and whistles. Venture-backed WePay.com in Silicon Valley entered this space to eliminate double-pay issue w/ Eventbrite/Paypal.
- Want more? Read DoubleDouble by @CameronHerold (specific chapter) and follow@GuyKawasaki ‘s blog (specific posts) for a list of great tech outsourcing stuff.
- Forbes Best-of List for Small Business Praises many. We run in business circles a great deal, and have actually heard of entrepreneurs using Evernote, Google Drive, Asana, and Square with a Evernote ranking as a “swear by” for some. Check out the rest at this link.
- Best iOS and Android Apps (So Far) of 2012 c/0 Tech Crunch. Fascinating to see Khan Academy on this. Education making its way in. Are people moving from letting their kids play video games on their phone to doing math problems on their phones? Brilliant.
Aside to Young Entrepreneurs: Use this as an opportunity to not only get tools FOR business, but think about business models IN your business.
- Here is a classic: Free/Low Cost Resources for Small Businesses – From accounting software to email plugins, this is a popular post on our site.
- The Best Free Online Simulation Games . Have fun if you just want to play.
- Ready to rev it up like our Million Dollar Club? You might want to check out Base Camp (Project Management Software) or InfusionSoft (Mass email orchestration software that blows your mind).
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