Apps I can’t live without: Five entrepreneurs reveal their top three

With so many apps available and created every day, how do you know which ones are the best for your purposes?

We asked five entrepreneurs to tell us which apps they can’t live without and why.

There are some that were common – nearly everyone listed Dropbox – and others a little more for the times when they aren’t working.

Are there any other apps you can’t live without?

Mark McDonald – co-founder and managing director of app developer Appster

EverNote – The perfect app for capturing ideas and concepts between meetings and while travelling. I love that it syncs up to my Macbook Pro as well, so wherever I am I can find important ideas.

ZombieRun – Staying fit sucks. But when you are running from zombies it’s more fun, I really love how this app gamified the process of jogging.

Things 2 – I’m a workaholic but also have the attention span of a small child, that’s why using Things 2 as a way to manage my daily activities, projects and responsibilities in a really simple interface has doubled my productivity.

James Wakefield – co-founder and managing director of online tailoring firm InStitchu

Asana – Asana is an excellent app that helps our entire team manage and organise tasks and projects across all areas of the business. Before we used Asana, we had so many unnecessary emails going back and forth across members. Now, each individual project has a to-do list, saved in the cloud, enabling each of us to view updates and changes as they’re made. Asana is also fully integrated with our CRM, which is an additional bonus!

Evernote – Evernote is the perfect note-taking app for every entrepreneur. Because it syndicates across all of your devices, I’m able to make notes and save attachments on the go, using my iPhone and I’ll later revisit these on my laptop or iPad. It’s saved me many times when I have been travelling and haven’t had access to the internet. There was an instance where I had saved my hotel reservation form to Evernote, and was able to access it from the back of a taxi in Shanghai on a sourcing trip. Without it, I wouldn’t have had a clue where I was heading!

Dropbox – We back up everything on Dropbox, again because the cloud is such an integral part of our business. Dropbox provides us the storage that we need to save large files too, like high-resolution images of suits and shirts. Every single program we use at InStitchu is cloud based and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have the freedom to jump on any computer, anywhere in the world to access all of my programs and via Dropbox, all of my files!

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