8 great small business productivity and collaboration apps

| February 5, 2018

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Entrepreneurs and project managers share their favorite apps for staying organized and productive. Small business owners, whether working in a busy office, on the road or from home, can easily get distracted – and overwhelmed. From email (and text) messages bombarding their inboxes and smart phones, to having to stop what they are doing to attend meetings or put out fires, to the temptation to check social media, it can be hard make that nearly impossible to stay focused and complete tasks on time. And while many entrepreneurs claim to be excellent multitaskers, research has shown most are not.So what, if anything, can small business owners do to stay focused and on top of things? Following is a list of free or inexpensive tools (listed alphabetically) that can help.

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