10 Essential Mobile Apps For Your Business

10 Essential Mobile Apps For Your Business

If you’re an entrepreneur, freelancer, or small business owner, you know the struggle of keeping everything organized. With so many tasks to balance, business-owners are constantly searching for ways to save time and make their life easier.

There are thousands of mobile apps that help with scheduling, finances, and group communication… but with so many to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start.

Sound overwhelming? We feel you. That’s why we asked our members and they gave us the best apps for managing their business.

 

1. Slack

 

If you’re apart of a team, Slack is perfect for keeping everyone engaged and informed. Slack simplifies communication and gives people the platform to share ideas.

 

Our member Connor Hand with Big Lead Gen Inc. says, “It’s perfect for segmenting conversations into channels. That way, it replaces email and keeps things from getting convoluted and messy.”

 

Not only are conversations organized… they’re also always accessible, so you can stay informed at any time.

 

 

“It’s great because it helps our team 24/7, like if we had a real office. We’re always virtually connected.”

 

So next time you miss a meeting, don’t worry – Slack has got you covered!

 

2. Linkedin

 

Looking for the best way to connect with other business leaders around the world? Luckily, there is a platform created just for that. With Linkedin, you are able to follow inspirational business leaders, find and attract talent, advertise jobs and grow your business.

 

 

 

 

“I think social media in general is important, but especially Linkedin. I’ve realized the importance of it and how effective it is in reaching people and building connections… then later following up and meeting those people.”

 

Wade Cline with Bham Now share his opinion on Linkedin, and we agree – as the world’s largest professional network, there is endless opportunity for every member.

 

 

 

3. Later

 

It’s no secret that social media is crucial to a new business – but not many businesses can spend all their time on figuring out what to post on Instagram next.

 

Jacqueline’s answer? Later!

 

Later allows brands to visually plan and schedule content for Instagram. As the #1 Marketing platform for Instagram, this app is perfect for companies wanting to grow their social media presence but need to optimize their time.

 

 

 

Additionally, setting up queues within the app saves you from scrambling for another picture to post. It also allows you to be more consistent with posting and gives the option analyze and track post data.

 

Our member Jacqueline Jones with One Degree Marketing says, “Later lets you see your Instagram feed so you can plan it visually. You can move things around to create the aesthetic you want, while still figuring out how to promote and sell accordingly.”

 

4. Lastpass

 

Everyone can understand the frustration in seeing the words ‘incorrect password’ pop up on your screen – and that’s why this app is one of our favorites.

 

The idea? Simple.

 

Gary Purdy, Pastor at Church City Midtown says, “I use Lastpass so I don’t have to remember passwords – and I’m able to share passwords with my virtual assistant so she can access any information she needs.”

 

 

       

 

 

Just choose a master password, and Lastpass does the rest. You can rest easy knowing your information is safe, secure, and will never be forgotten.

 

5. Google Drive

 

There’s no denying that one of the most difficult things about running a business is keeping everything organized. With so many different moving parts, it helps to have one place where everything is kept together.

 

Our member Brandon Loper says, “The Google Drive app is definitely my number one… it helps me keep all my documents in one place and share them easily.”

 

In addition, Google Drive allows access from any server. This means you’re able to synchronize files between a computer, tablet, smartphone, etc… and the best part is, you get 15GB of free storage.

 

 

Not only does the app allow access to information easily on your smartphone, but you never run the risk of losing any documents. All files are backed up, stored securely, and within reach.

 

 

 

6. Pocket

 

Have you ever read a good article and couldn’t find it later? Frustrating – we agree.

 

That’s where Pocket comes in. It allows you to find something you like and put it in your pocket! Whether you’re looking at articles, videos, or images online, anything can be saved to be accessed again later.

 

 

 

 

Kate Newbill with 2FishWeb LLC. calls it her favorite. “What I’ll do is read through things; I’ll see something like ‘How to improve your SEO.’ I’ll save it, and go back and read it later.”

 

Pocket takes the pressure off of content creating and allows you to save time in the future. Ideas, inspiration, you name it – this app allows you to bookmark it all.

 

 

 

7. Google Keep

 

With so many tasks to keep up with every day, Google Keep has the perfect solution for keeping it all in one place. As a note-taking service designed to save your thoughts, this app sets reminders, creates checklists, and keeps it all within reach.

 

 

 

 

Kathy Drewien of Kathy Drewien & Company says, “With Google Keep, I can record a note on my device and it will be transcribed (fairly accurately in my experience) into a searchable, editable note. I like to use Keep for short-term information retrieval – reminders, quick lists, brilliant ideas – and my Android app is always on, always live.”

 

 

Step up your to-do list and download Google Keep!

 

8. GoToMeeting

 

If you’re anything like our member Shannon Striver with OneSouth Financial Group, you’ve got a lot going on during your day. One way he’s able to stay on top of it is with GoToMeeting.

 

This app allows you to attend a meeting… from your mobile device. With screen sharing capabilities and high quality video, GoToMeeting lets you feel like you’re in the room with the presenter. You can listen in on conference calls, share a document or presentation, and set reminders for future meetings. With this app, everything is kept organized before, during, and after your meeting.

 

Shannon puts it to use often. He says, “As soon as I get in my car, I open GoToMeeting. I’m on my way, but still able to listen in.”

 

 

9. Dropbox

 

Our member Anoop Mishra of Mishra Consulting LLC takes teamwork to the next level with Dropbox.

 

“Dropbox is something I’ve used for years for photos, but now I rely on it so much more for my business. We’ve got so many large files we have to share and I’m able to exchange lots of different information and sites easily. It’s such an important part of being able to work with clients so we don’t have to email documents back and forth or copy 20 people on an email.”

 

 

 

 

This app provides a secure way to store and share large files of information to your team members. It’s easy to use and free for 30 days!

 

10. InShot

 

If you’re looking for ways to vamp up your social media advertising, look no further. Josh Rhodes from Big Lead Gen Inc. gives us his perfect app for photo and video editing.

 

InShot has it all: fun buttons, easy texts, stickers to promote subscribing to social media accounts. It allows you to create videos that have much more of an attention-grabbing effect than your typical Instagram story.

 

 

 

“It combines features of Instagram and Snapchat and gives you so much more but on a produced level.”

 

So many different features add a creative edge for Big Lead Gen Inc.’s marketing. It could do the same for yours!

 

Got any more to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

8 Best Places to Reserve Conference Rooms in Birmingham

8 Best Places to Reserve Conference Rooms in Birmingham

Looking for a place to meet in Birmingham? Maybe you need space for a board of directors or meet up group- look at this list we’ve compiled! Check out our list of the best conference rooms in Birmingham (in no specific order)!

 

Social Venture

 

Located in Woodlawn, Social Venture has four conference rooms available. Anyone can rent for 4-hour blocks or an all day rate. These four rooms can be broken down to fit smaller groups, or used to full capacity (holding up to 125 people!), perfect for workshops or training sessions for your team.

 

 

Harbert Center

 

The Harbert Center has three smaller rooms more suitable for conference-style meetings and two more often used for larger events. With rooms holding anywhere from 5-400 people, the Harbert Center has the space to meet your conference needs!

 

Rooms can be set up or rearranged to meet your vision. Anyone can reserve a room online or over the phone for half or a whole day – just let them know beforehand what setup you require, your food, beverage, audio, or visual needs, and confirm!

 

 

 

Birmingham Museum of Art

 

Looking to meet in a space with lots of culture, years of history, and a great location? The Birmingham Museum of Art has two meeting spaces available in 4-hour blocks. The museum has one boardroom style room and another meeting room that can be configured to fit many different layouts. The smallest of the two can hold up to 12 people, and the larger can fit up to 45.

 

With AV capabilities and lots of great spaces to take a break, the Birmingham Museum of Art is a great place to hold your business meetings.

 

 

 

Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook

 

Located in the heart of Mountain Brook, this beautiful 5-star hotel offers more than just a place to stay. The 400-person ballroom can be split up into three sections, each holding around 100 people. On the second floor, smaller rooms of 10, 20, and 30-35 people are available for anyone to rent. Call ahead to customize and book your space.

 

Forge

 

Sitting at the heart of downtown Birmingham, Forge offers three beautifully designed conference rooms available for both members and visitors. At Forge, you have options of a smaller 4-person meeting room, a corner conference room, or a rooftop Penthouse conference room. Forge’s rooms have lots of natural light, audio and visual capabilities, and great views overlooking the Birmingham skyline. Come work at Forge today!

 

Seats 16-18 people

 

Forge also has space for larger events of up to 100

 

 

Seats 8-10 people

 

 

 

Seats 4-6 people

 

HQ Southbridge Center

 

The Southbridge Center is a perfect spot for smaller groups. Two 6-8 person conference rooms are available by the hour, with a day rate included once you reach 4 hours. Be sure to take advantage of the 10% discount when booking online – check it out at myregus.com!

 

 

Elyton Hotel

 

Located all the way up on the 16th floor, three rooms can be used separately or joined to form one larger meeting room. 1500 square feet make up the Empire room, made to hold up to 125 guests. This room can be split up and configured to accommodate smaller groups. A smaller pre-function area makes this space perfect for larger events and receptions.

 

If you’re looking for a spot to hold bigger board meetings, the Forge room is the perfect answer. Made to fit around 10-30 people, this room can be set up to fit any preference. Call ahead to reserve your room today! Check it out online here

 

 

 

The Edge of Chaos

 

The Edge of Chaos is another great option for smaller groups. Right in downtown Birmingham, these two conference rooms are located in a perfect spot for business meetings. The smaller of the two is designed to seat 6, and the bigger can hold up to 12 people. With smartboard capabilities and affordable prices, The Edge of Chaos may be perfect for your business!

 

 

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What is Forge?

What is Forge?

 

Forge is Birmingham’s first locally owned professional coworking space, and starting in mid August, we will be open!  On the mezzanine level of the historic Pizitz building, which recently received a $70 million renovation, Forge overlooks The Pizitz Food Hall and The Louis bar on the interior, and 19th Street and 2nd Avenue North on the exterior.  Offerings include lite, part time, and full time memberships as well as dedicated desks and private offices.  Space is limited!  Book your tour today, here!