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Guest Article: The Best Apps for Entrepreneurs

Fri, 10 May 2013

You're going to be devoting a lot of time and energy to a startup business and building it into a successful venture, so it's really important that you have some guidance on how to get started.
 
You're going to be devoting a lot of time and energy to a start-up business and building it into a successful venture, so it's really important that you have some guidance on how to get started. Here are some free or low-cost apps that can be used right away to keep the business moving forward.

Sleep Cycle
When people are awakened during the lightest part of their sleep cycle, it feels very similar to being woken up naturally compared to being jolted awake by asudden alarm. The Sleep Cycle app works to monitor the natural sleep pattern of the entrepreneur, and then wakes them up during the best part of their sleepcycle, helping them feel more rested and ready to face the day. Users set the alarm to go off at some point during a half-hour interval, and it can be used with headphones if desired, and even if two people are sharing a bed. Sleep Cycle is available from the App Store for $.99 and is compatible with iOS 4.3and later.

Osito
Osito is perfect for any type of entrepreneur: it looks at your schedule, where your next meeting is at, and where you're located, then sends you a notification when it’s time to get moving to arrive on time at that event. If the weather is going to be bad, Osito alerts you to that, as well. Similarly, if there's bad traffic on your route over, the app will offer you new routes and alert any contacts at your meeting that you might be late. The app is free and compatible with iOS 6 from Apple.
 
Mint
Finding something free to manage cash flow and monitor expenses can be done through this interactive and customizable app. The app is designed to pull in all the financial information into one place making it easier to see where the money is being spent, how investments are performing, and it categorizes the expenses to make the list easy to scan and comprehend. The entrepreneur will even receive personalized financial tips. The app starts off as free, which is a great investment, but sometimes it will get paid a nominal fee when a client takes certain financial advice, such as switching banks. Mint is available for Apple and Android devices and tablets.
 
Dropbox
With more than 100 million users around the world, much of the business world has discovered how valuable Dropbox can be. The app allows users to store and share files remotely through an online account, and users have the option to pay for additional storage space. The app is available in fifteen different languages and can be used on nearly every device, including iPhone, iPad, Android devices, and Blackberry.

Investing with a smartphone and a few key applications with an American Express Plum Card is an excellent way to take control of a business and keep everything running smoothly. Addressing both the personal and business needs of an entrepreneur, the four apps above should help anyone running a start-up continue with confidence.

Authors
Kim Ramirez, Michael Zehring and Michael Conour.
Kim is a law student and freelance writer who shares her knowledge of business law with small business owners.

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