Entrepreneurs know how important it is to manage their time, mostly because they don’t have a lot of it. However, new technologies have made it easier than ever to automate and simplify many aspects of running a business. Here are six apps, services and technologies that give entrepreneurs a bit of much-needed time back.
Worrying about the many challenges of running a business can do more than its fair share to fill up entrepreneurs’ schedules. That does not leave much time for the other necessary but time-consuming parts of running a business, including administering payroll, benefits and insurance. That is where JustWorks comes in: The service helps companies hire new employees by taking care of payroll and insurance. JustWorks serves as a traditional payroll service by acting as the employer of record for those businesses.
Prices for JustWorks vary depending on the services a company needs. The starter plan has no monthly costs but only offers companies contractor payments, expense reimbursements and a staff database. Employer basic plans cost $30 a month for the first employee and $5 a month for each additional employee. That plan offers businesses all of the services included in the starter plan, as well as payroll and compliance services. Premium plans cost $30 a month for the first employee and $15 a month for each additional employee. Premium plans offer businesses 401(k) plans, flexible spending accounts and several other features.
Learning a second language may soon be a necessity in today's increasingly global economy, and a new service is helping entrepreneurs learn a new language in a fast and easy way. Smigin teaches a language by using fun games and videos. The system emphasizes words and phrases that will be used in everyday conversation instead of teaching phrases that may never come up in conversation. Currently, Smigin offers lessons in Spanish, and will be expanding to also offer Italian, French, Portuguese, Mandarin and German lessons shortly.
It is free to register for Smigin’s subscription-based service. The free version provides users with essential phrases, and they can upgrade to a variety of subscription options, including plans for one month, six months and one year. A one-month plan costs $19, a six-month plan costs $89 and a one-year subscription costs $149.
Busy entrepreneurs can also save themselves some time and trips to the store by utilizing Stash, a new application that acts as a personal shopping assistant. The app allows users to order beauty and grooming applications easily. The app will also send reminders when those products are about to run out, potentially saving users extra trips to the store. The service also offers product recommendations from celebrities and other users.
The app is currently only available in the Apple App Store, but there are plans to bring it to Android shortly.
With all the time they spend running their business, busy entrepreneurs may also need help booking simple household and office services. Handybook gives entrepreneurs a tool to book cleaners for their home or office, as well as workers who can handle everything from painting and tiling to setting up furniture and hanging pictures. Users can simply go to the Handybook website, choose what service they are looking for and search for providers to handle their request. Within minutes, users can book their request and have an appointment confirmed.
Prices vary based on several factors, including time and services performed; details on pricing can be found on the Handybook website. All contractors using Handybook have been preapproved with background and reference checks. Currently, the service is available to New York City and Boston residents.
Managing your email inbox can be an overwhelming task, but a new application aims to make it easier. The app, Xonomail, helps users organize emails based on specific categories, such as education advertising, travel and finance, among others. The app can automatically organize emails based on the Xonomail algorithm. The app is compatible with most email clients.
The app is already available for Android smartphones and is currently being developed for iOS devices.
Busy entrepreneurs can also get a big boost in productivity from Tasker, an Android app that allows users to automate a number of tasks on their phones. For example, the app allows users to set up geotargeted fences that can turn specific apps or connect to Bluetooth simply by entering a designated area. Users can also put their phone in meeting mode — which will turn off all of the phones functions — simply by laying the smartphone on its face. Additionally, the app allows users to set up automatic text responses while users are in a meeting or traveling.
The app costs $2.99 in the Google Play store.