Some Outstanding Mobile Applications to Grow and Manage a Consulting Business
Puja Bhardwaj || The CEO Magazine
According to The Alternative Board’s December 2015, Small Business Pulse Survey, a business owner works on an average of 49.4 hours per week. Most of those business owners said that they spend more on managing their business instead of developing strategies and plan to flourish their business. Here, technological development like mobile apps can be an excellent solution. With the amalgamation of art and science, and backed with users research, mobile applications act fantastically in unscrambling the tasks of business in consulting industry. There are multifarious tools available that can be a helping hand in the process of running a consulting business.
We have framed a list of the best applications for consultants, which each address a challenge that professionals have to deal with on a daily basis.
Pipedrive: Wonderful CRM Solution
Pipedrive is a wonderful CRM solution; it presents the data from sales processes in a highly visual way, thus converting the process in making it more transparent and efficient. It also allows seamlessly input and organize information about leads and customers. Pipedrive integrates with an email that makes it easy to deploy. Besides, the CRM software provides companies with sales reporting and sales forecasting features. It also has built-in reminders and can sync with the Google Calendar.
Lead Pages: facilitator of Lead Generation
LeadPages are well-known for simplifying lead generation. The app lets business owners collect email addresses while simultaneously adding them the lists. Earlier, when any company got an email that someone signed up on its website, and then it would have to copy and paste the email into the mail, and then send them the free download they opted in for. It was a very time-consuming task.
Postmates: Unique Delivery Service Provider
Postmates mobile app is a unique delivery service provider. It gives people opportunity to order anything to be delivered on-demand. While Postmates is a multi-delivery system and can be used for food delivery, outsource the errand-running, impulse shopping, food cravings, and more.
Mavenlink: Project Management Platform
Mavenlink is a project management platform; it brings specific solutions for consulting businesses. It aims to support in improving margins, maximizing utilization and delighting clients. It enables consultants to track progress on projects, schedule and plan staff, and financial resources, and monitor and enhance the overall outcome. This application is basically designed to become the focal point of the consulting business. As it integrates with different work platforms, it smoothly connects tie in with the CRM and different other tools. One can get a grip of his whole business straight in a single dashboard from project accounting and resource management to business intelligence with it.
Proposify: the Proposal Maker
Proposify was launched to cut the frills in the management tasks in consulting business from start to finish. It is also known as cost-effective software solution that adds an extra level of visual design to proposals. The app holds interactive tables so clients can easily choose from a list of the different services a company offers.
Mint: Best Manager of Financial Information
Mint is considered as a one-stop-shop for organizing finances. It helps in pulling all kind of financial information into one place and categorizes the credit or cash transactions to track budgets, keep up with the financial goals, and set bill reminders. Furthermore, Mint sends notifications when expenses go out of budget limit.
Xero: Ultimate Accounting Software
Xero is one of the essential software for consulting business. Xero is basically accounting software, which spares a ton of money and effort. First of all, it helps in handling invoicing with online payment options. Xero connects with the bank, and the transactions are processed daily. It also conducts bank reconciliation, checking invoices and bills against bank statements. In addition, if one needs, it also helps in tracking inventory. The platform delivers some extra features like quoting, reporting, payment processing, purchase orders, handling of multiple currencies, file storage, and sales tax handling.
GetResponse: Comprehensive Online Marketing Platform
GetResponse is a comprehensive online marketing platform. One can craft fascinating email marketing campaigns by using this application. It assists in increasing the email list and optimizing engagement. GetResponse also creates landing pages, by which one can connect with email campaigns if needed. GetResponse has a webinar creation tool that creates communication between clients and service providers. The platform also presents with marketing automation that makes tasks easier, such as planning and handling individual customer journeys.
Although, consulting business is a tough nut to crack, yet utilizing the right apps can make the way easier. And, leave businessmen with more time and energy to focus on what really matters- managing their work and life.