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Apps for Starting a Business

Many people are starting their own businesses these days. They’re leaving mom-and-pops, starting their own businesses…or striking out on their own after years of corporate life. What they want is to take advantage of the Internet. That’s where you come in—as the expert on apps for starting a business.

Five must-have apps for starting a business

In recent years, the Internet has democratized entrepreneurship in a big way. It no longer takes an army of employees and a $10-million-dollar Series A to launch your dream company. With a great idea, hard work, and the right tools, your business can be not only up and running, but competing with the big boys, in a matter of hours!

Here are a few great tools that help my startup, ZinePak, run smoothly and can assist in the successful launch your company, too.

1. Google Apps for Business

Google Apps for Business is one of the most powerful collections of tools for any business, and with plans starting at only $5 per user per month — it’s one entrepreneurs can’t afford to go without! Google Apps allows you to centralize your team’s communication and integrates email, storage, calendars, video meetings, forms, and more into a single hub. Plus, there are dozens of great plugins to make Gmail even more powerful. (A few of my favorites are listed here.)

2. Basecamp

Basecamp is an online project management tool that allows teams to collaborate on jobs of all kinds. Basecamp is the single most important tool we have at ZinePak. It keeps everyone organized and on schedule with intuitive and powerful calendars, to-do lists, and discussion boards. The company offers a 60-day free trial. I’ve personally suggested Basecamp to more than a dozen of my entrepreneur friends, and every one of them has loved it. No matter what your business is, Basecamp helps you be better at it. Plans start at $20 per month (for unlimited users) after the trial period.

3. EchoSign

Contracts are critical to the success of every startup, because one misunderstood point or miscommunicated detail can potentially make or break your business. EchoSign is a great tool for quickly and easily capturing legally-binding signatures on contracts, purchase orders, and more. Customers can sign documents from their computers, phones, or tablets. With an enterprise-level tool that’s this simple to use, there is no excuse for a startup skipping the critical step of having clients sign on the dotted line. Prices start at $15 per month.

4. MailChimp

Fifteen years ago, companies spent millions of dollars building enterprise-level email systems to communicate with their customers. Now, entrepreneurs can choose between literally dozens of free and low-cost options. For ZinePak, MailChimp has been the best option. It’s packed with powerful analytics to help you reach customers at the right time and in the right way. And, with hundreds of beautifully-designed templates, it takes mere minutes to design and send your first campaign. If you have fewer than 2,000 subscribers in your database, MailChimp is free to use. Score!

5. Edgar

Edgar is a social media scheduling tool (like Buffer or SproutSocial) that helps your posts and updates work harder. Edgar is the only social tool designed to help you create evergreen posts that are automatically re-shared strategically over time. The more you use Edgar, the more powerful (and intuitive!) it becomes. The tool is currently in beta, but it’s changed the way our team thinks about social sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


Since being an entrepreneur is an around-the-clock job, here are three mobile apps I love that help keep me focused and save time:

EasilyDo is like a personal assistant in your pocket. It connects to all of your accounts to help keep track of things that are important, like meetings, birthdays, and tracking information. You can also connect your social accounts to aggregate the most relevant posts into a single digest. It’s a great time-saver, and it’s free!

Most entrepreneurs I know (yours truly included) are very competitive…especially with themselves! Winstreak is an addictive to-do list that lets you track your success with your to-do list items over time.

There’s seemingly never enough time in the day to read every article, blog, and business story that sounds interesting. Pocket lets you bookmark content from any device and save it for later. Saved content is viewable without an internet connection, so it’s an awesome way to turn a subway ride or plane trip into a learning session.

Email Hunter

email hunter

If you are trying to drum up business, you’ll quickly realize (if you haven’t already) that the last thing you want to do is send an email to some generic [email protected] email address.

This is going to get you exactly nowhere fast, but fortunately you can use Email Hunter to (hopefully) get around this issue.

Their service lets you input a domain (for example,, and with that it will scan over 150 million records in mere seconds, giving you all of the email addresses that it can find that are associated with your search.

From there, you can parse this list and find the exact email addresses of the people who you’re actually trying to contact, giving you much better odds of getting in touch with them.

Like many of the other services on this list, Email Hunter is free, though you will be asked to sign up to see more than 100 email addresses per domain.

Available as an extension on Chrome.



You’re starting a new business, but don’t have a lot of money to spend, right? That’s an extremely common issue among entrepreneurs.

However you still need desks, tables, chairs, whiteboards, and more to get your work done. It’s an obvious yet underestimated cost startup CEOs tend to overlook, since they’re focusing on their ground-breaking ideas and hiring workers.

This is where the 5Miles App can help every new barebones operation. Using the GPS feature in your phone, the 5Miles app geo-locates where you are and shows what second hand stuff is on sale around you.

So any of the furniture or fixtures that you need for your new office (or garage-office), is only a few minutes away, and usually you can land quite a few deals.

On the other hand, if you need some quick seed money to get your startup running, it’s a very quick and simple way to sell unused things that are just sitting around.

The 5Mile app’s UI is heavily focused on images and is setup in a Pinterest fashion, making browsing and finding exactly what you’re looking for on your phone simple and intuitive.

Available on iPhone and Android.



As a startup, you can only take so many meetings in a coffee shop or in a client’s office.

It’s much nicer to do business in a space that you can call yours when you are trying to win over a new client or just relax and get some work done between meetings.

Breather is the app to let you do this. They offer Airbnb-style listings of a variety of spaces that you can rent by the hour in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Ottawa, and Montreal.

The app helps you find a meeting space on the fly and lets you choose a place based specifically on your needs, giving you filters for the available spaces by meeting time, the amount of seating available, and a variety of site-specific features.

Starting at only $15 an hour, and with a host of beautiful spaces that will blow the traditional conference room out of the water, Breather is a must-have for the founder who finds themselves frequently on the road.

Available on iPhone and Android.



Clear communication is integral for any new startup that wants to get their ideas through to anyone who is willing to listen. It’s even more important if you have some international connections. That’s where Beckon can help out. 

It’s a new app that allows for free calling and messaging that is also extremely clear and stable. It works across the globe or right down the street.

While it’s completely free to make calls to other Beckon users no matter where they are, in some cases it’s still free to call users not using the app when using the BeckonOut plugin.

Beckon even allows for big 100+ person conference calls, so you can collaborate with everyone you’re working with at the same time.

Available on iPhone and Android.



If you’re always on the go, then you give up certain benefits that come with having an office space. One of those is having access to a printer and scanner to help digitize documents for use internally.

CamScanner gives you a simple way to fix that. The app does exactly what you’d think from the name: it takes a picture, digitizes it, and uploads it to the cloud, where you can then manage your scanned files, convert them to PDF or JPG, share them with people in your organization, and keep better records on the go.

It may not be something that you’ll use on a daily basis, but when you have a set of documents that need to be scanned right away, you’ll be glad that you have it.

Available on iPhone and Android.



Nobody (that isn’t an accountant) likes talking about managing their books, but it’s a necessary aspect in running a successful business.

Xero makes bookkeeping easy by offering a web-based system that’s inexpensive, easy to use, and has a number of different mobile options to give you the ability to manage the financial side of your business from anywhere.

Xero integrates a number of great features like invoicing and payroll in their middle tier plan ($30/month), and they even offer multi-currency support in their higher end $49/month plan, all while enabling access to an unlimited number of users.

When compared to larger competitors like Quickbooks, it gets just as much done at a rate that’s easier to manage.

Available on iPhone and Android.



While you might feel more comfortable behind a keyboard, getting out and meeting people is a key part of any startup’s success.

Meetup offers a great way to do just that, with a large variety of dedicated groups for almost anything under the sun.

Not only is Meetup a great way to connect with other startup CEOs and potential clients, but it’s also an excellent way to network when you find yourself in another city unexpectedly.

Given the size of the community, you should be able to find a Meetup group for any industry or need that you can possibly think of.

Available on iPhone and Android.



One of the common complaints that you’ll hear from any founder today is the inability to just “turn off” and get some much-needed relaxation time.

While burning the candle at both ends is viewed as a badge of honor in the startup world, being able to quickly recover at the end of the day will help you to approach the next day with the same high level of energy that will be expected of you.

The goal of Headspace is to help you do exactly this, and they have the science to back it up. Headspace teaches you techniques that have been around for thousands of years on how to properly and mindfully meditate.

When this is done consistently, it can reduce the stress in your life, help you sleep better, keep your focus for longer, increase your creativity, and it can even help improve relationships, which are often an early casualty in the harried life of a startup founder.

Even if you don’t believe in the benefits of meditation (and you should, since leaders in almost every industry on earth attest to its usefulness), they do have a free version of the software for you to download and try out. What’s the harm in that?

Available on iPhone and Android.


Starting a business is never as straightforward as it seems, there are a hundred different things to take into consideration. It’s overwhelming and confusing for most people which is why we made this post so you can learn about some of the best apps to help you with starting your business.

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