Smartphone with cloud of application iconsApps are great. They simplify our lives, increase productivity, entertain us, save us money and much more

Yet, last week while teaching a technology workshop and this week while attending another I noticed the majority of the room go into overwhelm once apps were brought up. There are so many of them. How do you use them all? Which ones do I really need? Most people get overwhelmed and tune out.

How do you know which things to tackle? There are two questions you need to ask before adding anything to your business:

  • Will it make me money?
  • Will it save me time?

Here are my top 5 apps and programs that do just that:

  1. A professional photographer: Skip the app on this one and hire a pro. Weather you are showcasing a product or getting new headshots, the pros will save you time and money. Guaranteed.
  2. Dropbox: I store virtually everything here, to easily access files from my phone or anywhere else. Added bonus: When my laptop fried last year getting set up with a new one was super easy. All I had to do was reinstall drop box and I was up and running.
  3. Social Media apps for my phone:  This allows me to stay connected with friends and clients from anywhere. NOTE: You do not need ALL of the apps, just for the programs you like to use and allow you to connect to your clients.  The time saving part comes in when you learn how to narrow your focus and not be all things to all people
  4. Evernote: I love that you organize things into notebooks. It’s the digital version of what I’ve been doing for years and helps me keep track of to do lists, and business ideas.
  5. Docusign: When I first started my business it was all about plain paper faxes, then it was scanning docs, now you can just sign via email, and hit send. Definitely a time saver and money maker.

Remember, it’s not about doing everything. It’s about doing what is right for you and your business.

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