No matter how excited an entrepreneur is about starting up a new company, the chances of success can be daunting. The statistics show that 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs will fail in the first 18 months of business. The barriers to entry are low. But it’s hard to stay in business. There’s no guaranteeing success for your new startup.

There are hundreds of apps that can boost your productivity and efficiency. These apps can optimise your workflow and keep track of your clients, communication and cash.

1. Camscanner

Rated a 4.5 in the Google Play store, Camscanner transforms documents on the go into crisp PDF’s for Android, iPhone and Windows smart phones. When you’re connecting at the office of a new client, grabbing dinner with investors or out of town on business you might not want to carry a large briefcase with piles of paper.

Camscanner turns any smartphone into a scanner and also has faxing functionality. If you opt for the premium version, you get extra cloud space, automatic syncing to Google Drive and Dropbox and customizable templates and watermarks on all PDFs.

Papers in the past so save time and money with Camscanner’s document management and scanning services.

2. Intercom

To find local Internet service you can use BroadbandSearch to search by zip code and then download Intercom to keep in contact with your clients. Most products, and many services, can become commodities but there’s no replacement for customer service.

To retain new business and win referral business, it’s important to have a messaging app where you’re accessible to your clients and responsive in a timely manner.

With Intercom you get tons of information about your customers, including where they’re located, how they’re interacting with your website and their potential path to conversion. With their live chat box you can respond to any questions from your website directly on your smart phone.

You can even prioritize messages by importance. Intercom Conversations can also apply live data that you then filter by customer segments to see a complete profile of your prospects.

Intercom is an easy to use mobile message device to keep you in front of your prospects and customers at all times.

Related: 21 Must-Have Business Apps That Can Make Your Life Easier as an Entrepreneur

3. ExpenseBot

In the early stages of startup, unforeseen expenses will occur, money will be tight, and stress can build up fast. Leave it to ExpenseBot to track money quite easily. ExpenseBot is mobile and web app that will cost you $9.00 per month, but I promise you it’s worth it.

For less than $10/mo., you will get finance and accounting tools to track credit cards transactions, submit reimbursements and keep track of all of your expenses. It’s accounting on the go.

Speaking of accounting, ExpenseBot integrates well with Quickbooks and has a super simple interface. Missing money can cause mayhem so let ExpenseBot help you keep track of it all.

This post was written by Sam Jones. Sam is a digital marketing expert, social media and branding consultant and guest blogger for various publications, including Business2Community, and In her free time, Sam is an avid traveler, foodie and lover of all things technology. She’s also a fitness fanatic (in the making).

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