Apps/Software Technology

Five Apps I Can’t Live Without

My smartphone has become my second purse. I store everything in it. From appointments to small bookkeeping items, it helps me stay on top of my personal and professional obligations while helping me manage tasks. Here are the five apps I can't live without (and ALWAYS backup on iCloud) as a female entrepreneur:
Five Apps I Can't Live Without - Lioness Magazine
Screenshot of Natasha’s Actual Phone

My smartphone has become my second purse. I store everything in it. From appointments to small bookkeeping items, it helps me stay on top of my personal and professional obligations while helping me manage tasks.

Here are the five apps I can’t live without (and ALWAYS backup on iCloud) as a female entrepreneur:

Hours Tracker

Available On: IPhone, Android & IPad.

What It Does: Easily track time for one or more jobs using timers or manual entry. Automatically calculate your earnings, including overtime. Built-in reports show you when you’ve been working and which jobs, and pay period reports help you keep track of paydays. Easily export time entries to one or more e-mail addresses.

Why I Love It: Hours Tracker is perfect for those who bill their clients by the hour. I simply “Clock In” and “Clock Out” when I work on PR jobs for my clients. I can capture notes and most importantly, send timesheets and direct invoices to my clients from the app. I can also run end of year reports that make it a cinch at tax time.

Evernote

Available On: Any computer or device you use.

What It Does: As one workspace that lives across your phone, tablet, and computer, Evernote is the place you write free from distraction, collect information, find what you need, and present your ideas to the world.

Why I Love It: It helps me keep my shit together. If I am traveling, I save all of my electronic tickets right here so it is available with one click. I also save conference agendas, parking passes and use its camera storage to take quick photos of receipts for business expenditures.

Eventbrite

Available On: iOS or Android.

What It Does: Explore popular local events and get event recommendations just for you. Keep track of all your tickets in one place and easily check into events. See which events your friends are going to, and share events so nobody misses out on the fun. Scan ticket barcodes or search by name to check in attendees, and track event attendance at all times.

Why I Love It: When we host Lioness events, we don’t bother with a large formal check-in table. We want to keep the line moving and so we have a greeter at the door to scan your ticket with their phone. The app allows you to scan the QR Code or look the guest up by name. You are able to get an overview of the event: gross sales, number of tickets sold and actual number of guests in attendance. It’s easy and, more importantly, fast.

P. Tracker Lite

Available On: iOS.

What It Does: A detailed log to track your period. A great phone app for the woman on-the-go who want to keep track of her period, fertility windows and symptoms.

Why I Love It: After calculating a couple months of your input, the app can alert you in advance that your period is approaching, helps you keep track of symptoms and let’s you know your fertile window. You just clock in when your period starts and clock out when it ends. Perfect for your doctor’s favorite question: “When was the first day of your last period?”

Snapseed

Available On: PC, Mac, iOS and Android.

What It Does: Snapseed is a popular photo editing application.

Why I Love It: I was turned on to this awesome app by photographer Suzanne Larocque. The easy-to-use app brings a touch of quality to photos that built-in phone editing tools can’t touch. Snap photos with your phone and beautify them on the app before easily sharing them with popular sites directly through the application. It makes an OK photo look good.

About the author

Natasha Zena

Around age eight Natasha Zena was told it was a woman’s job to take care of the home and since then she has built a career out of telling women they can do whatever the hell they want to do. She is the co-founder of Lioness, the digital magazine for female entrepreneurs, and the first media outlet solely dedicated to helping women launch and scale high-growth startups. Natasha was recognized as an emerging leader in digital media by The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists. She has mentored women entrepreneurs at a number of accelerators, Startup Weekends and conferences, including The Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco, Calif. Natasha is also the author of the popular whitepaper, "How To Close The Gender Gap In Startup Land By 2021." In her spare time, she writes short fiction and hangs out with her son, Shaun.

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