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5 productivity apps for busy business people

Published 11 September 2012 10:01, Updated 13 September 2012 04:15

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5 productivity apps for busy business people

Overwhelmed? Teaming your mobile phone up with productivity apps such as Nozbe and Ifttt could lighten the load. Photo: Reuters

A few weeks back we took a look at some must-have tools for entrepreneurs. Now, via the American Express Open Forum, here are five productivity apps that can help busy business people stay on top of their game.

  • Nozbe – What Open Forum says: “Nozbe lets small-business owners keep track of what they’ve delegated and what they’ve assigned to themselves ... You can email it tasks to add. The app also integrates with Evernote and Dropbox”. Nozbe is available on Android and iOS and offers free and premium accounts. Premium account options include personal, family and team pricing.
  • Ifttt – Short for If this, then that. What Open Forum says: Ifttt is a simple Web app that automates actions when certain conditions are met. For example, if it checks the forecast and it looks like rain, you can set it to send you a text message to grab your umbrella ... It can be a bit intimidating at first, but you’ll get the hang of it quickly”. Ifttt is available on Android and iOS.
  • LastPass – What Open Forum says: “If you regularly move between multiple computers, devices and operating systems, LastPass securely stores and gives you access to any of your account credentials”. LastPass is available for free on Android and iOS
  • Expensify – What Open Forum says: “Using your phone’s camera, you can snap pictures of your receipts to retain a digital record in chronological order. The app also allows you to log mileage, meal expenses and other business-related travel costs”. Expensify is available on Android and iOS.
  • Recruiterbox – What Open Forum says: “Use this recruitment software to screen resumes, recruit management and track applicants ... It’s an easy online app that lets you receive all your resumes in one place and track candidates’ progress throughout the application stages”. Recruiterbox users include Groupon, Strip and Levi’s.

Open Forum has more productivity apps for the entrepreneur, but some may be a little US-centric.