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As an entrepreneur or small business owner, the one commodity you’ll never have enough of is time. Especially if you’re managing others, keeping on top of deadlines (and stress) can often feel like an uphill struggle. That’s why it’s sometimes apt to employ the latest technology to help lighten the load. Here are some of the best and brightest apps for claiming back some valuable hours.

Productivity Apps

The more you do now, the less you’ll have to do later – at least that’s the logic behind these handy productivity apps. Programs like BeFocused aim to break up your workload into more manageable, bitesize chunks, and encourage frequent rests for maximum net output. Simplified apps like Forest, on the other hand, work by trying to minimize distractions – using simple imagery, it keeps the user engaged and prevents diversions such as social media.

If you want to maximize your productivity, you need to gain a more comprehensive understanding of how you’re spending (and losing) time. Apps such as Toggl use timers, background tracking, and integration technology so that you can stay on task and look back on your workday to evaluate where there’s room for improvement. Always make sure, before you spend money, that your chosen app is cross-compatible so that you can link it up with other programs, devices, and work colleagues.

Finance Apps

Managing finances isn’t just time costly, it can also be boring – these finance apps aim to take the stress and slog out of managing your daily expenses, budget, and wallets. To help you take better care of checking, savings, and customize your budgets, a good place to start is with Mint. Using a clean, friendly interface, you can check in on personal expenses, track subscriptions, and set financial goals. Best of all, you can set it to automate budget processes and set aside money for future goals.

There are also plenty of apps to help with business finance. Whether you’re looking to track payroll, manage customers or send invoices, the right download can save you hours and, when synced with other devices and accessed by your team, will serve as a mutual touchpoint. Some software, such as Wave, are entirely web-based meaning they can be accessed anywhere.

Miscellaneous Apps

Some of the most important apps for saving time and money are already on your phone. Instagram is the incumbent communication channel for many businesses to market their services, manage PR and update customers/followers. In response to the emergence of social media, there are plenty of accompanying software that help you to customize posts, edit text, font type, and color, resize or manipulate photos.

As an entrepreneur or small business owner, it’s crucial to actively network and broaden your circle – luckily, there are plenty of apps built specifically to help you do just that. As with social media in the early stages, it pays to get on board early whilst the community is still developing. Programs such as Clubhouse or Lunchclub are specifically designed to inspire and connect motivated professionals. You can fill in your profile information and contribute to the discussion or simply download it and enjoy spectating.

Whatever your business model, you can almost always find a use for the latest technology. A few simple taps and a 2-minute download could free up hours of your time and help you to excel in business and life outside of it.

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