I do not want to be a slave to technology, but I'm afraid there simply isn't any way to get around it. A savvy investor understands the power of technology, and the companies that manufacture it - either hardware or software, and a savvy entrepreneur uses it.
Case in point, last week's introduction of the iPad3. Apple announced this past Monday it had sold 3 million iPads since Friday when it released the latest version of the tablet computer.
In an attempt to continue to provide relevant business information, I turned to my friend Dr. Luke Pittaway, director, Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership at Georgia Southern. I asked Pittaway to suggest some "apps" for this technology that he considers useful for the productivity conscious entrepreneur? He so kindly responded, and I am passing his recommendations on to you.
The first app is Dragon Dictation. Not all entrepreneurs can afford a secretary, so this is a great app for those entrepreneurs who have to keep notes and ideas, who travel a lot or who post regularly to social networks. It provides accurate fast voice transcription and the ability to share messages via e-mail, Facebook and Twitter.
The next is HoursTracker. For entrepreneurs who have to keep a track of their hours this could be essential. HoursTracker allows you to record, report and analyze the hours you work for each customer. You set up the jobs you are working on and then clock in and out of each job using your iPhone. You can then keep track on time and earnings and download the information into a spreadsheet for further analysis.
QuickOffice Pro provides integrated access to remote services like Huddle, SugarSync, MobileMe, DropBox, Google Docs and Box.net, and through these links provides mobile access to documents. This is a key app for entrepreneurs who are out of the office and need access to critical documents. You can access, open, edit and send changes to an employee or a customer while out of the office.
This happens to us all. You are at an event, and you meet loads of great contacts then you lose their business cards or you forget to follow up. For entrepreneurs that need to be good at networking or who attend lots of events the ScanBizCards app is useful. It scans business cards to your iPhone and Outlook contacts and has other interesting features including an ability to sync with LinkedIn.
Finally, Pittaway suggests Workday. If you need some help with your HR tasks this could be the app for you. This app helps with the recruitment process but also has many features that help entrepreneurs with other human resource tasks. It will allow you to review, approve and sign off on employees’ expense reports, time sheets and vacation requests. The app is particularly good if you have remote workers or a mobile workforce who need to secure approval for an HR issue remotely.
Don't forget, as you look into these apps for your business, if you are an entrepreneur and need help or space for your business including somewhere to start, somewhere to meet or a training room, Georgia Southern's E-Zone in downtown Statesboro may be able to help. Just give them a call
So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
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