The 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report released by Babson College reports that entrepreneurship in the U.S. continues to climb. Entrepreneurs watch the trends and look for those tools which make their lives easier.
The Entrepreneurs Tool Bag
You’ll find the high-tech gadgets and apps on this list useful every day as they save you footsteps and time. Time is money for an entrepreneur and these tools keep you from wasting valuable time in your day.
The Tablet Revolution
If you’ve been on the fence about tablet computing, it’s time to get involved. The iPad still sets the benchmark for tablets.With the release of the iPad Mini, you’ll have a tool in your pocket to keep you connected with customer and product information wherever you are. Sitting in a coffee shop, customer waiting area, or on the train during your morning commute, you’ll get the work done with your Mini every day without wasting that time.
Be Hands Free
The Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Headphones keep your hands free as you do business on the phone. These headphones have earbuds that wrap around the back of your head to stay out of your way.
Paying Now is Always an Option
Don’t miss out on a chance to close a deal by being able to collect payment wherever you are. Various credit card readers are available that plug into your smartphone or tablet turning it into a point-of-sale terminal.Take payment for pre-orders at a conference booth or collect payment on the spot for contract services. Improve your cash flow by giving customers the option to pay you immediately.
Keep Those Contacts Organized
An entrepreneur spends a lot of time networking, meeting people and gathering contacts. You never know when you’ll need the skills of someone you met at a conference or in line at the coffee shop.This app uses the camera in your mobile device to scan a business card and look for the typical contact information. Then it creates the contact on your device. Make a note on the contact as to how you might use them in the future. Search your contacts for your note and find that one resource you need when you need them.
Evernote Business combines cloud storage with tools to save everything from web pages to videos. Scan documents into Evernote. Save articles to review later. Create private areas to share materials with your clients.
Watch the Trends
If you’re heavily involved in social networking for your business, Hootsuite gives you visibility to all of your social media sites on one dashboard.
Your Virtual Office
Skype lets you communicate with staff and customers around the world. It works on nearly every desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone.
What tools help you get through your working day? Please comment here and share with your friends, family and colleagues too…..