Apps to Help Your Home Business Succeed

Apps to Help Your Home Business SucceedBy Katie Elizabeth

Based on my own experience, I know that working from home can be a rewarding, fulfilling experience. It’s a way to gain independence while maintaining your own schedule and if you’re able to make it work, you’re on the right path.

However, I also know that working from home requires discipline that those who work in a professional or office environment don’t always understand. Your business is your own responsibility, just like mine is my own. Because of this, having a little help with the use of ever-evolving technology can be more than beneficial.

I’ve found that iPhone and Android apps can be the difference between an at-home business becoming a great success or a massive failure.

Check out a few of my favorite apps below:

FreeAgent

Creating and maintaining spreadsheets can cause more than a few headaches. In many cases, finding an easy way to invoice customers that is affordable and easy to use is nearly impossible. FreeAgent has changed the game.

The app allows users to invoice customers, track expenses, assign multiple users, track time for those of us working on an hourly basis, create reports, back up data, and create quotes and estimates all in one location. It can also be linked to most bank accounts and comes with a great customer support system.

With a $24 per month price point – as opposed to per-use fees – the app may not be best for those of you who are just starting out, but, it’s a great way to stay on top of things. Check out the free trial today.

Evernote

Organizing multiple clients and projects is a must for keeping an at-home business running smoothly. In my own experience, I’ve found that working within project management systems can be great, but it can be confusing when multiple projects are involved at the same time.

This is where Evernote becomes beneficial. This app is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, PALM and Windows Mobile phones and it allows users to download and track customer and project information, set deadlines and track progress. It’s user-friendly and has a proven track record.

TripCubby

Keeping track of mileage when you work for yourself is essential for accurate tax-tracking purposes. It’s also easy to forget. Because of this, I checked out TripCubby.

The app makes tracking mileage simple by allowing users to track multiple vehicles, assign frequent trips and to download reports for easy tracking. Synched with current IRS rates, it makes compliance a no-brainer. Support is easy to find should any problems arise. At a $10 price point, it’s more than affordable for most work at home women.

HiTask

I’m not sure about you, but, for me, being able to check small tasks off a check list is a major motivator; it demonstrates progress and helps me feel more productive.

Because of this, HiTask is a useful app. It allows users to set task deadlines and reminders – on a reoccurring or single basis – and allows sorting by date, project and more. Because of its drag and drop features, making changes is not a big deal.

HiTask starts with a $6 individual plan (per month), with a $23 business upgrade. It allows for calendar sharing and creation and more. It could easily become an essential part of any work at home management system.

Finding a way to make a business run more smoothly should be at the top of your priorities, I know it is for me! What work-at-home-friendly apps have you discovered?

Katie Elizabeth is a “work-at-home” woman! She’s a freelance writer covering a wide variety of topics – including technology, social media, writing and even car radiators! Stay up –to-date on her latest work on Twitter @katiegelizabeth!

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