We live in a digital world, which means we need to have the right tools at the right time to aid us in our businesses. Having been in direct sales for quite some time now, I am always looking for ways to make my job easier and ways to help me work smarter not harder. I absolutely love having an iPhone, it keeps my business at my fingertips and allows me to instantly connected to my customers and team. There are many, many apps out there to aid in productivity and help boost your business. Here are my top 10 apps to use in your Direct Sales business:
Not just Facebook but all its related apps, including Messenger and Pages. Nowadays almost everyone is on Facebook book. It is the preferred mention of communications for most always. After all, it is much easier to send and read a message over Facebook Messenger than it is to pick up the phone and call someone. Now let’s be honest, how many times a day do you check your Facebook app? Wouldn’t it make sense to make sure your business is right there front and center for all the Facebook checkers to see?
There is nothing better than a picture to tell a story. Period. Instagram states about itself, “it makes sharing moments with everyone in your world easy, speedy and fun.” Instagram is visual, social and for all intense purposes, Instagram is microblogging. The beauty of Instagram is that it is almost like a mini blog post in itself, a mini blog with an awesome visual component, which naturally leads to engagement. Although, above all else, Instagram is fun!
If you are anything like me, when your thoughts are on a roll and you are typing away, your grammar and spelling can take a backseat. For this situation I recommend, Ginger, which is also known as Page: Grammar & Translation. Ginger has fastly proven to be one of the top alternatives to Grammarly for mobile phones. While it could come with a charge, see the app for details, you will still get a ton of features for free as well. With high-quality grammar checking software automatically detecting practically all errors, your content will always be clean and correct. The Ginger grammar app lets you input content by pasting it into their platform or you can type directly into its beautiful user interface.
If you hate gathering, sorting and analyzing the previous year’s receipts and bank account statements know the frustration it all causes, then we are a lot alike. Much of this frustration can be alleviated just by using Expensify. Expensify allows you to scan receipts and it automatically puts them in the right category. While there are many different subscription levels and services, most consultants like you and I can do just fine with the free level.
I love using Word Swag to create quick graphics with text on them, that look like I spent hours on my computer using an expensive program. There are many ways you can utilize this app for your Direct Sales business. You can make “thank you for your order”, team promotion recognition shout outs, motivational words to inspire, and much more. Another great thing is that you can use Word Swag to brand your business with consistent pictures, colors, and text format.
You can now be a graphic designer without all the headaches of having to learn PhotoShop and other extremely complicated and frustrating software programs. PicMonkey now has a mobile app as well as its computer application, has many tools that help you create and edit photos, quickly and easily. Both applications integrate with each other, using their Hub feature, so something you are editing or creating on the computer can easily be stopped and picked up on your phone.
If you aren’t using Mail Chimp to create email newsletters for your customers and team, you are seriously missing out. Mail Chimp lets you automate email marketing and it’s free up to 2000 subscribers. You can keep separate lists for your customers and team members. Adding a new subscriber is a breeze and they can just as easily unsubscribe if they no longer wish to receive your emails. Mail Chimp helps me work smarter and I just discovered an app that I use on my phone to send photo campaigns on the go. Mail Chimp, as has a secondary app called Mail Chimp Snap, which allows you to send a simple campaign with one image for easy clear communication to your lists right from your phone. Every major company uses email marketing and there is a good reason why it works and there is no reason you shouldn’t be using it too.
Evernote seriously changes the way you organize your personal and professional schedule. You can create to-do lists, and save things you find online right in Evernote. Everything syncs between your phone, tablet, and computer instantaneously. Evernote now has a sister app, Evernote Scannable, that allows for the scanning of contracts, receipts, business cards, and basically any paper that comes your way. You can then save or share those documents instantly and move on to your next task. Organization at its finest!
I would be lost without Dropbox! It is an absolute must on my phone. Dropbox is a cloud-storage app so easy to use, that you don’t even have to think about it. It allows me to upload everything from documents, photos, whether self-created or taken with our mobile phone camera, and more, quickly and painlessly. Another great use is sending and receiving the large files that you are unable to send through your email account or Facebook messenger. There is a great deal of space for free in every account, if you find yourself needing more space you can upgrade to fit your needs.
Waze is a must have app for everyone, and I do mean everyone, especially direct sales consultants! Can you think of anything worse that can happen on your way to an in-home party, then being stuck in traffic? Waze is a real-time, community-based app that shows where there may be traffic issues, or concerns, so you can re-route yourself in order to still make it to your destination on time! Let’s face it being on time is your first impression to your host or hostess, it is super important!
I hope you have found these 10 apps description useful and it prompts you to download one or all of them to use in your Direct Sales Business. Please let me know what you think and if there are any others that belong on this list.