5 Great Productivity Apps for Working People

Productivity is crucial when it comes to business, but is there an app for that? Whether you’re a CEO/entrepreneur getting your company off the ground or a manager of a 10-person team at a Fortune 500 company, the challenge is the same — and no matter what industry you’re in, apps can help you manage and cultivate your business.

Here is a list of the best productivity apps for business professionals to increase output and save precious time in their careers. As an entrepreneur myself, I’ve come to rely on several great apps. In fact, I’ll confess that there are 5 productivity apps I can’t live without. Not all of them are free (but hey, you have to invest to grow), and we all want to grow our businesses, don’t we?

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  1. Any.do

If you’re like me, you’re likely spending half your time adding things to lists and trying (hoping!) to check things off. Any.do is a great way to create and manage those to-do lists. It reminds you of what’s next on your list and then checks off tasks as they get done. As an added bonus, you can share tasks and lists with your employees or partners. It helps you focus, offers a way to stay accountable and gives you the added satisfaction of seeing progress as things get completed.

  1. Office 365

People tend to think of Microsoft as their Windows desktop. But Microsoft has started to produce some great mobile apps for productivity. The new Office 365 suite includes an updated Outlook that’s very easy to use and will help you get through your large email inbox very quickly. It also has Skype for video calls, Word, PowerPoint and Excel tools that let you have access and edit your documents anywhere. There’s no excuse to tell people you have to get back to your office to look over a spreadsheet or you can’t tweak a sales presentation or edit a flyer right from your phone.

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  1. Evernote

How many times do you get a great idea for your business that gets written on a Post-it or napkin and then lost for good? Or you take a photo and then can’t figure out where it is? Enter Evernote. Evernote started off as a simple notetaking app to solve this problem. It’s now become a convenient way to store everything that you need related to your business in a way that makes it easy to retrieve and share: Photos, notes, documents and more. No more losing that million-dollar idea because the kids rolled down the window!

  1. Expensify

If there’s one thing all of us business people have in common, it’s the need to keep track of expenses. Expensify lets you take photos of your receipts, extracts the relevant details and then stores them (and the photo), and you can easily access it from your desktop computer when you need it. The shoebox full of receipts and a mad scramble at tax time is finally history (or at least much less painful).

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  1. DocuSign

I’m constantly stunned when people tell me I have to wait to get their signature until they get back to the office to print, sign and then fax or scan. DocuSign (and other digital signature apps) make it extremely easy to sign documents on the go. You’ve done so much work to get a customer or partner to the point of signing a deal—don’t risk a deal not closing because you can’t sign right away.


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Alex Quilici has been a successful entrepreneur in the telephony space for the past 15 years, and is now the CEO of YouMail, which replaces traditional voicemail with unique call management services.

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