6 Fantastic Apps that Help Grow your Business

Apps

Technology today has made it so much easier for newer businesses to grow. Since there’s a rather good chance you have a smartphone, you need to know which apps you should take advantage of to help your business grow at a good rate. Listed below are a handful of apps you should consider today:

 

#1 Prosper

Are you trying to start up a business with little to no capital? If so, this is where Prosper comes into play. Prosper allows anyone to create a profile and describe what kind of loan they are looking for. After filling out a simple questionnaire, Prosper will rate you based on your credit history. From there, users on the website can offer money to your cause and make interest on their initial investment. As you can see, it’s a win-win situation since you can get a loan fast and the investors on the website can make interest on their investment.

 

#2 NetworthIQ

This is a unique app and idea that allows you to keep track of your business expenses and your personal net worth. Aside from the financial tracking, you can also compare yourself to other professionals such as Infor CEO Charles Phillips, Bill Gates and others that are in your industry. This is a great app to keep your business on the right financial track.

 

#3 SidejobTrack

If your business offers any sort of service to the public, SidejobTrack will make your life a lot easier. With this app, you can keep all of your jobs organized in one place. You can send out invoices, estimates, report your taxes and manage projects right on your phone.

 

#4 Meebo

If you’re still using any sort of instant messaging platform such as AIM, Google Talk, MSN Messenger or Yahoo!, Meebo combines these platforms into one. Since you don’t have to be at your computer to answer an instant message, Meebo allows you to be readily available as long as your app is running on the phone. No longer do you have to worry about rushing back to your computer to send an instant message.

 

#5 Remember the Milk

Trying to organize tasks can be hard without the proper tools. Remember the Milk is an easy to use task manager that allows you to set up lists, users and help you remember all of your tasks for the day, week, month or year. You can share your lists, add reminders to email and keep track of what needs to be done and what has been done in the past. The great thing about it is that it can even integrate with Google Calendar.

 

#6 Zoho

Zoho is a comprehensive app that includes just about every tool your business needs. It includes an office suite packed with word processing tools, productivity tools, polls and website monitoring. While this app is still in its infancy stages, this web-based writing program is a great way to share your documents all in one place.

With so many shops closing on an annual basis, you definitely don’t want to become one of them. By using these apps alone, you can save time, increase productivity and even save you a lot of money.

How to Market on Pinterest – and Get Away with It

Pinterest Marketing

Pinterest is a social website where users share their interests with other members on a virtual bulletin board. Rules for the site state it is not to be used for commercial purposes or to benefit a third party. Thus, as a tool for advertising, one must be resourceful to be ethically correct and not violate the policy. Here are five ways an imaginative businessperson can get the word out without being in hot water with the “Pinterest Police:”

1. Link Your Business’ Website or Blog If you have a website or blog on the internet, adding a hyperlink to direct your customers to Pinterest is easy. Pinterest supports this action in that they provide you with the instructions on their Goodies page. A Pinterest logo will be placed on your page, and all your patrons have to do is tag items. They will be sent directly to Pinterest to post them on their board.

2. Shared Hosting Reviews Have a friend or relative pin your product for you, and you do the same for them. Since many have never heard of it, getting your friends and relatives to join Pinterest is amazingly easy, particularly when you offer to review their product in return. It’s a “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” proposition!

3. Add Pinterest to Your Facebook Business Page Timeline Directions are under the Edit Profile section in Pinterest, and will add your pins to your Facebook Timeline. Then on your Facebook page, write text to induce your Facebook “friends” to pin your products on their Pinterest boards.

4. Create a How-To Video and Pin It on Your Board You are providing a service by demonstrating how to do or make something, and are therefore not directly in violation of the policy. The original source link is shown, thereby providing your business with the appropriate credit/advertising. Furthermore, if you have a website, the video will likely take you back to the site as it is being viewed thereby providing the viewer with the opportunity to purchase more products or obtain more information.

5. Hold a Contest for the Person with the Most Pins For Your Company This is similar to the “Like” me on Facebook idea where you are eligible to win if you “Like” a company on Facebook. Here you hold a contest for the person with the most pins for your business. If you are already “advertising” your involvement with Pinterest on your website, blog and/or Facebook this is a natural progression. It gets the Pinners competing against one another, gets your business name spread across the web and costs next to nothing, (other than the prize).

Sometimes the best advertising can be from word of mouth. Much of what was just written above is simply just that. The balance just takes a little time, but the best part of all five ideas is that each one is more or less free. And who doesn’t like free advertising?

EnemyGraph: Making the Destruction of an Online Reputation Easier

Enemy

For years, Facebook, Twitter, and most other forms of social media have had a fairly friendly online culture. Sure, on occasion you might come across someone bashing their ex on their Wall or a Tweet from an Exec that should have never gone public, but even these negative statements are met with strong reprimands. People just like to see their favorite social media platforms stay friendly – that is, until now.

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