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Three new business apps you need to download

28th February 2014

Whether small or large, starting and maintaining a business has never been more difficult. Eight out of ten businesses fail within the first year, which is driving many to seek any possible edge to stay ahead of the competition. In this day and age, it’s absolutely essential that businesses look to technology to find that edge. That’s why we at My Port have put together three essential business apps that you can’t afford to go without.

Harvest

Put a lock-down on any needless expenses with Harvest. It’s never been simpler to track time and log expenses, whether it’s at your computer or on your phone. Harvest provides a simple, streamlined interface that allows you to easily start a timer any time and anywhere, from on a train to in the office. Additionally, Harvest allows you to upload receipt photos, keep your records organised, and view your teammate’s timers in real time. It’s a fantastic way for various teams to keep in sync with important projects. This gives business owners a powerful reporting tool, where they can keep track of time spent on tasks and budgets. This app gives you the insight you need to stay ahead of the game.

LinkedIn Contacts

If you’re looking to get ahead and enhance your employability, then LinkedIn Contacts is the smartest way to foster relationships and network with your most important associates and businesses. This app brings all your contacts together in the one place, joining your address books, calendars, and emails to keep them up-to-date and in one place. This app also allows you to set up notifications for job changes or potential employees. You can even be notified when one of your contacts has a birthday! Most importantly, it’s portable, which perfectly suits the busy professional who is constantly in transit. Personal connections are worth just as much as experience and skill in today’s fast-paced digital market. Make sure your connections matter, whether you’re someone looking for work or a business looking for someone to work for you.

Vigil

If your business relies on the internet, which nearly all do nowadays, then it’s essential you have systems in place when something goes wrong – especially to websites. Vigil, the latest app in website monitoring technology, allows you to be in control when it comes to your business’s lifeblood. Too often businesses owners are the last to know when their website goes down. No one can be in at the office at all hours of the day, which is what makes a mobile app so useful. It’s as simple as downloading the app and typing in your website. Vigil will immediately let you know if something’s wrong. In addition to knowing if your site has gone down, Vigil also provides useful stats and performance metrics to allow you to see where your website ‘choke points’ are located. Instead of getting an angry email from a customer as the first indication that something is wrong, pre-empt the complaints with this useful monitoring tool.

Corey is an all round tech guru who has worked at some major blue chip companies. He started Poweronemedia to share his views and knowledge with the rest of the blogging world.