You know what it’s like to start and run your own business. After all, you’re an entrepreneur, and you’re in good company.
According to an recent article from Forbes, the ranks of entrepreneurs around the United States are continuing to grow. As they change the face of the working world as we know it, they need the latest technical gadgets and gizmos to help them stay on track, provide great customer service and, most of all, keep those profit margins climbing.
This is where apps come into play. Some are free, while others have nominal price tags. Most are never used, or used just once, after they are downloaded. However, there are a few valuable apps out there that entrepreneurs around the country couldn’t imagine their lives without. Those are the apps you need to have on your smartphone or tablet, especially if that’s what your competitors do.
Here are 10 of the hottest apps that men and women who have started their own companies wouldn’t leave home without.
For any small business owner, a slowly recuperating economy can be an overwhelming scenario. With small business budgets often stretched to the limit, it is difficult for the owners to choose the best means of investing money while still allowing growth of their businesses. According to studies, the number of people using the internet on mobile-only devices is on a steady rise. In fact, we may all soon be seeing a smartphone-only generation, wherein cell phones are the primary source for accessing the internet. This is why small businesses need to start making significant strides when it comes to the mobile app market.
A June study by Nielsen found that more than 60 percent of mobile users in the United States owned a smartphone. People not only use their phones to surf the web and communicate with friends, but are conducting business that just a few years ago was reserved for notebooks and desktop computers. It is now more important than ever for businesses to optimize their websites for mobile technology.
While creating a mobile version of your website is a good start, an app is the most comprehensive way to ensure maximum exposure to potential customers. An app moves faster than a mobile website and can sync with other features on the phone. The problem is that most small business owners don’t have the technological wherewithal to code an app themselves. It isn’t as difficult as one might imagine, but also not as simple as printing business cards online. The following will help steer you in the right direction.
In the age of mobile banking one must protect their personal information more than ever. With increased freedom to carry online banking activities anytime and anywhere including on a laptop, desktop computer, tablet or smartphone, so comes an increase in the need to protect online privacy.
We’re fortunate that a bank deposit, withdrawal, account transfer, balance inquiry, and even the ability to scan and transfer checks can be made from the privacy of your home at 10 PM, from an airport while traveling, or from a café via a simple SMS text with your bank or an automated command using a mobile application. However, there are still plenty of dangers to mobile banking and one is still held responsible for their own protection from threats like device loss, phishing, malware/viruses, spyware programs, and even financial fraud.
When managing mobile banking transactions, here are the five most common threats you need to protect yourself from:
Need to know the best hotel rates in the city you’re about to travel to? There’s an App for that. Want to find the perfect gift for your 5 year anniversary? There’s an App for that. Ever wonder how many cats you can fit into your Subaru? There’s probably an App for that…
Apps are becoming a quotidian part of, not just our virtual, but tangible lives. AppAhead is taking the App craze and aiding small businesses in implementing personal Apps tailored to them:
As a Small Business, you need to stay connected with your customers. In this increasingly mobile and social environment, your customers are turning to their phones and other mobile devices more often, so are you staying ahead of your competition and getting a mobile App for your business? You should be. Mobile Apps have exploded in popularity, and it’s not all fun and games. Sure, you can download a game to your phone to pass time, but take a look at your local fast food restaurant, auto repair shop, or Movie Theater – more than likely they’re sporting an App too. The latest trend is to make your own App, but that can be very costly to build and maintain if you do the development in-house. AppAhead is an affordable alternative to doing it all yourself. Continue reading →
Smartphones, such as the iPhone, Droid and Blackberry, have recently taken networking by storm. Businesses of all sizes are utilizing the new mobile platform in order to increase the frequency and ability with which they can communicate with their customers. By providing information on the mobile platform, customers are able to access this information 24/7 through email, twitter, and mobile applications. Small businesses especially can increase their presence by tailoring their information in order to be compatible with mobile devices. Below are five tips to keep in mind when utilizing the mobile platform. Continue reading →