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Newcomers to the Business World Turn to Apps

Thursday, January 24, 2013

When it comes to starting a new business, getting the company off the ground can be intimidating, especially for newcomers to the startup world. For innovative individuals who aren't afraid of investing in new programs and technology, there are several apps to help ease the process. No matter what aspect of a business professionals are trying to improve, these programs allow owners to breathe a little easier when it comes to managing a company.

Beginning a new business venture means that professionals will need to sort through paperwork, proposals and many other forms that can make the startup process confusing. Popular programs like Evernote or Dropbox are top choices for managing documents, pictures and videos. These are two of the most common apps, as they provide a wide array of tools that can work for any business. More specific options include Mobile Assistant, which transcribes and stores voice memos, or Launch Center, which forms a to-do list of important tasks.

Dealing with the finances of a small business, especially if they have been integrated with personal funds, can be incredibly stressful. Luckily for new owners of a startup, there are many tools available to help traverse the complicated processes. Freshbooks is a program that sorts through costs and profits to create a balance and expenses sheet, track billable time and invoice clients. With ability to accept payments and connect to bank accounts, the program streamlines the process of business spending.

Employee management
There are apps available to cover the entire hiring process, from recruiting workers to managing their tasks once they have been taken on by the company. Tools like Asana can be used to delegate assignments to employees while also tracking progress and monitoring activity of a project.

Growing businesses can look to programs like Recruiterbox, which aims to provide resume management, applicant tracking and other tools to help with the hiring process. Employers can collect contact information from potential job candidates or place job postings on popular websites and social media platforms.

To further enhance the recruiting and networking process, business owners can try using a program like Bizzabo, which organizes connections made at conferences, meetings or other events, or LinkedIn CardMunch, which scans business cards and integrates with that person's LinkedIn profile to create a basis for a continued relationship.

Students confident in their own entrepreneurial skills can take business courses to jumpstart their careers. To get more information about business programs at CDI College, fill out the form on the right

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