Top 5 Business Apps For Bloggers
We sympathise with bloggers. Because although your lives look glamorous (and I am sure parts of it are), you do not get the recognition for running your own business.
But you are running your own business.
You ARE the business.
You have invoices. You have clients. You ARE your marketing department while maintaining your brand.
So how can you streamline your blogging business?
Well, it's no different from any other business. You need to outsource and automate as much as possible. Utilising technology is a must. So with that in mind here our top 5 business apps that we recommend for bloggers.
Receipt Bank is a lifesaver. No more boxes and bags full of receipts. All you have to do is open the app, snap a picture of your receipt, press send and you are good to go. 3 quick steps and you can throw those receipts away forever. Yes, you heard me- FOREVER. You see Receipt Bank will store these receipts in the cloud and these transactions will also link up with Xero. Which leads me on to my next app...
Do you know what is in your bank right now? Do you know who owes you money? Who has paid their invoices? Do you know how much money is coming in compared to how much is going out? And do you know all of this information in real time from a glance at your smartphone?
With Xero, you will.
Sticking your head in the sand when it comes to your finances is never a good idea, but Xero makes it easier to know what is going on with your business.
GoCardless could really help you with cash flow. GoCardless allows you to take one off or reoccurring payments. For reoccurring payments, the payer only needs to enter their details once, after that GoCardless takes the agreed amount out of the payers account each month or week.
A fun and easy way to get feedback, or create questionnaires. Better than a form, in fact much better - almost fun. There is a certain gamification element of this tool, and we love that. This is ideal to get brand feedback or to find out more about your following.
As an influencer, if you don't already do so, you probably want to start looking at selling your own products. Whether that's a physical product or something more web-based such as an e-course or an e-book, Shopify is an excellent app (that also links with Xero) that can help you. Run your business on the go with the mobile app and accept orders in seconds. Payments are handled easily, and you can create your own e-commerce store exactly how you want it. The integration with Xero saves you on the double entry and keeps everything nice and up to date.
About the author
Chloe Slade is the Marketing Manager here at Cone and focuses on creating content that brings business and lifestyle together. Chloe is keen makeup lover, foodie and loves to work from luxurous destinations.