Monday, November 1, 2010

The 10 Coolest Apps For the Kansas City Entrepreneur

Poynt is an app that helps entrepreneurs
find their way around in new cities.
We live in a world of apps-- some genius, some garbage and some just plain goofy.  But according to Entrepreneur Magazine, the best of the best can redefine how you run your small business.  I have narrowed down the 10 coolest apps for the Kansas City entrepreneur so that local small businesses can use these tools to run as efficiently and effectively as possible.  So whether you're an entrepreneur using a Blackberry or an iPhone, check out the coolest apps for Kansas City entrepreneurs and get that new small business rollin'!

For Productivity...
1. Bento -- $4.99 --
Bento organizes the details of your life, no matter how large or how small your business may be.  Bento contains 25 ready-to-use, customizable database templates to manage your contacts, schedules, personal information, and inventory.  

2. Evernote -- Free --
Not only is Evernote free, but it is also the pathway to your next great idea.  Evernote captures your brilliant ideas and entrepreneurial insights the moment they strike.  You can document your ideas through text, photos, or audio recordings.  This app helps take any Kansas City entrepreneur's idea and transform it into a successful new business.  Now that's Thinking Big!  

3. Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite -- around $10 --
This full-featured Microsoft Office productivity suite enables Kansas City small business owners to create, open, edit and share documents and spreadsheets on the go.  

For Sales...
4. Inventory Tracker -- $4.99 --
Inventory Tracker allows Kansas City entrepreneurs to stay on top of what products the have for sale, what has been sold, and what needs to be shipped.  This application also allows for the use of Excel in case spreadsheets is your thing.

For Finance...
5. BAII Plus Financial Calculator -- $14.99 --
This app computes cash-flow analysis, amortization schedules, depreciation, and other financial metrics.  BAII Plus Financial Calculator mirrors the functionality of the Texas Instruments' bestselling calculator, so you know that what you're getting is high quality.

6. InterTrak -- $4.99 --
InterTrak is a task-management tool designed for Kansas City entrepreneurs who juggle projects and assignments on a daily basis.  This app documents how each workday is spent and calculates hourly billing according to different clients and rates.  

For Travel...
7. Poynt -- Free --
For the Kansas City entrepreneur on-the-go, Poyt is the app for you!  Poyt is a next-gen, location-aware Yellow Pages which identifies your whereabouts and everything in your immediate radius.  So whether you're looking for a retailer, restaurant, coffee shop, or gas station, Poyt can point you in the right direction.

8. Worldmate -- Free --
Kansas City business travelers, Worldmate may be the perfect app for your needs.  This app acts as a personal assistant for business travelers by managing complete itineraries such as flights, hotels, car rentals, and meetings.  

For Any Entrepreneur...
9. Appbox Pro -- $.99 --
Appbox Pro is the Swiss Army knife for Kansas City entrepreneurs.  It truly has everything--an alarm clock, flashlight, currency converter, games, loan calculator, unit converter, random number generator, and more.  Everything an entrepreneur could ever need whether on-the-go, in the office, or at home.

10. LinkedIn -- Free --
One of the most popular networking sites on the Internet has now become one of the most crucial apps for the Kansas City small business owner.  The LinkedIn app allows you to stay connected wherever you go.  The business-centric social network's official mobile app gives users access to more than 75 professional profiles and is completed with real-time status updates and messaging tools.

So if you want to stay updated, connected, and even have every entrepreneurial tool right at your fingertips, then look no further, Kansas City entrepreneurs; check out these 10 apps to help your small business stay productive and successful--even if you're on the go!

Written by Allison Way.  Allison is a writer and videographer for Think Big Partners and bizperc, two of Kansas City's newest entrepreneurial resources.  To read more of Allison's work, visit the Kansas City Entrepreneurship Examiner.

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