If you’ve been a small business owner for any length of time, you’ve probably become aware of the fact that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. If you’re finding yourself so pressed for time that you feel like a pancake, you might consider installing a few assistant apps on your phone. They can help you save time, stay organized and generally reduce your overall stress level. Here’s a list of the more useful assistant apps on the market right now.

If the nature of your business requires you to travel frequently, the Pana app may just change your life. Formally called Native, Pana is an all-in-one online concierge service that can handle all your travel arrangements, from making sure you get the aisle seat on your next flight to ensuring that you get a room at a sensibly priced hotel that’s only a few blocks from where your next client meeting will be held. As this Entrepreneur article explains, the service will make sure that you never have to waste time comparing airfare prices online ever again, all for only $25 a month.

If you desperately need an assistant to help you keep track of all your personal and professional commitments, but you’re a few funding rounds away from realizing that dream, 24me may just be what you’re looking for. As explained in this Creative Live piece, the application takes data from all your various calendars, notes, to do lists and social networks, and turns all that information into a series of automatic alerts that will ensure you never forget anyone’s birthday or the time that a meeting starts ever again. The app even helps you pay your bills on time. This pocket-sized miracle worker is free and is available on the Google Play and Apple App Store.

As a small business owner, you probably are well aware of the fact that you need to retain the receipts from all your business related expenses. That information is critical come tax time because factoring in your expenses has a big impact on the overall cost of your taxes, and being unable to produce receipts will be a huge problem if you’re audited. The Shoeboxed app takes a lot of the anxiety out of your record-keeping by scanning and sorting all of your various receipts. It also keeps track of your business cards. The company has a few different pricing options based on volume, including a free version. This delightful program is available on both Android and Apple operating systems.

This article was written by Mario McKellop for Small Business Pulse


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