Productivity Apps Recommendation

Productivity Apps Recommendation

In this post I’d like to share some of the tools I use - tools that could make your work much more effective and productive (and fun). In some cases, tools improve manual processes by making them better and faster. However, in other cases, tools can open a whole new world of capabilities and performance.

Here is a list of 15 recommended apps for SMBs managers and for anyone who wishes to improve their work and reduce working time.

Name: SlackSlack
What is it: Real-time messaging app (and much more).
It’s best for: Teams of any size that wish to enhance their communication and collaboration.
Main features: Instant messaging, multi channels, easy URL/image/video integration, powerful searching, lots of add-ons.
What’s special about it: Slack is smooth like butter. It changes the way teams communicate - from cumbersome email and old chat communication tools to a modern, agile solution. No wonder that this two-year-old startup is worth $2.8B.
Starting price: $7.00/user/month.
Free plan: Yes.
Mobile app: iOS & Android.

Name: Dropbox Dropbox-Logo
What is it: Cloud storage
It’s best for: Anybody.
Main features: Save files locally and on the could, file sharing and backup.
What’s special about it: Once you’ve installed it, you won’t notice it. It simply works for you in the background.
Starting price: $100/user/year.
Free plan: Yes.
Mobile app: iOS & Android.

Name: TodoistTodoist
What is it: Task management app.
It’s best for: Personal and team task management based on the GTD method.
Main features: Task management, inbox, projects, labels, filter, search, task reminder and assigning.
What’s special about it: Powerful yet easy-to-use task management tool with integration to Gmail and Chrome.
Starting price: $29.00/user/year.
Free plan: Yes.
Mobile app: iOS & Android.

Name: Dayboarddayboard
What is it: Daily task management app (beta).
It’s best for: Individuals and small teams who wish to focus on their main everyday tasks and improve productivity.
Main features: Five main daily tasks management, sharing and track history options.
What’s special about it: Unlike most task management apps that try to deal with all tasks, this one focuses on five main tasks a day to help you focus on what matters most.
Starting price: $20.00/month for six users.
Free plan: Yes.
Mobile app: No.

Name: BlinkistBlinkist
What is it: A learning app that distills key insights from outstanding nonfiction books.
It’s best for: Knowledge seekers with limited time.
Main features: Provides ability to read or listen to hundreds of books in a fraction of the time. Provides book briefs in just 15 minutes per book.
What’s special about it: Blinkist is perhaps one of the fastest ways to acquire knowledge at home and on the go.
Starting price: $50.00/user/year.
Free plan: Yes.
Mobile app:  iOS & Android.

Name: InstapaperInstapaper
What is it: An app for saving and reading web pages.
It’s best for: Anyone who finds it inconvenient to save and read content from the internet.
Main features: Save, organize, and highlight content and read on any device.
What’s special about it: Very convenient for content saving, organizing and reading.
Starting price: $3.00/user/month.
Free plan: Yes.
Mobile app: iOS & Android.

Name: Feedlyfeedly
What is it: News and content aggregator app.
It’s best for: Collecting and reading news and content from the web.
Main features: Collect, organize, read, and share content from the internet.
What’s special about it: Simple and useful app that saves a lot of searching work and brings the right content to your dashboard.
Starting price: $6.00/user/month.
Free plan: Yes.
Mobile app: iOS & Android.

Name: WorkFlowyworkflowy
What is it: Notebook for lists app.
It’s best for: People who use lists to manage stuff.
Main features: Hierarchy bullets lists, “complete” function, hierarchy zoom-in and out, and list sharing.
What’s special about it: Very simple and useful, and free for individual usage.
Starting price: $5.00/user/month.
Free plan: Yes.
Mobile app: iOS & Android.

Name: Harvestharvest
What is it: Time-tracking and billing app.
It’s best for: Freelancers and SMBs that bill (or quote) based on working time.
Main features: Time & expenses tracking, bill generating, powerful reports, privileges management.
What’s special about it: Very friendly and easy to use with powerful capabilities and a great UI.
Starting price: $12.00/user/month.
Free plan: 30 day trial.
Mobile app: iOS & Android.

Name: Highrisehighrise
What is it: CRM app for teams.
It’s best for: SMBs that wish to efficiently track their customers.
Main features: Customers’ activity tracking, tasks, reminders, email integration, and task assigning.
What’s special about it: Highrise is one of the first CRM solutions for SMBs. It’s very friendly and simple to use, yet useful and reliable.
Starting price: $24.00/month for six users.
Free plan: Yes.
Mobile app: iOS & Android.

Name: Contactuallycontactually-app
What is it: Contactually is the simple, effective way to get more from your network.
It’s best for: Tracking and keeping in contact with customers and contacts.
Main features: Email integration, easy contact management, mass email automation.
What’s special about it: A new and unique concept (“Buckets”) of CRM with strong Email systems interaction.
Starting price: $29.00/user/month.
Free plan: 30 day trial.
Mobile app: iOS & Android.

Name: 1Password1password
What is it: Password manager.
It’s best for: Anyone who has more than 5 passwords to remember.
Main features: Securely save all your passwords in a single place, access to all of your passwords with only one password.
What’s special about it: Works great on all desktop and mobile devices and syncs data across platforms.
Starting price: $50.00/single license.
Free plan: 30 day trial.
Mobile app: iOS & Android.

Gmail add-ons:

Name: RapportiveRapportive-Gmail
What is it: Gmail add-on that shows contacts’ details.
It’s best for: Marketing, sales, and HR managers and anyone who deals with people searching.
Main features: Shows you everything about your contacts right inside your inbox.
What’s special about it: It simply works - it enriches your Gmail with valuable information about your contacts, and it is free to use.
Starting price: Totally free.
Free plan: Yes.
Mobile app: No.

Name: Assistant.to Assistant.to
What is it: Meetings booking app for Google Calendar.
It’s best for: People who find it difficult and annoying to coordinate meeting with people from outside their organization.
Main features: Easy meeting coordinator, smooth Google Calendar integration, the recipient can use any calendar system, time-zone auto convertor.
What’s special about it: Simple and to the point. It does what it should do without any hassle.
Starting price: Totally free.
Free plan: Yes.
Mobile app: No.

Name: Right Inbox right inbox
What is it: Gmail add-on that gives you more control over your emails.
It’s best for: People who use notes, reminders, and other tricks to track their emails.
Main features: Schedule emails, email reminders, and recurring emails.
What’s special about it: Smoothly integrated with Gmail and brings new useful capabilities.
Starting price: $6.00/user/month.
Free plan: Yes.
Mobile app: No.