I don’t know about you, but I use my iPhone for almost everything in my business. Sometimes I even blog from it. I’ve paid for it over and over with tools that I’ve used in the form of apps. Whether it’s my gold buying app, or my google voice app, my phone is more than just my phone these days, and apps are the reason for that. So, I thought I’d take a minute and list out my favorite apps that help add something to my bottom line or just help me be more efficient in my every day business.
Buying and Selling
eBay – I love ebay’s app because it allows me to comp (judge value) items on the fly. This pretty much eliminates my risk factor since I can see if an item is selling, and if so for how much. I also use this app to list items on the fly, all from my mobile. I can snap a pic, make a listing, hit submit and I’m pretty much 7 days away from having it sold.
Amazon – I pretty much use amazon for the same purpose as eBay. You can never have enough sales channels! I also use amazon to help me comp items that are new in the box that I could sell through my FBA account.
Craigslist – Gotta love craigslist, easy place to list items on the fly and also see what they’re selling for in your local market.
Scrap Calc – When I’m buying gold from a seller, this is the go to app for figuring out what I should be paying. It’s simple, automatically imports the spot price of gold from kitco.com and does all the calculations for you. Just pop in the weight, what kind of gold it is, and how much of spot you’re willing to pay and it tells you what your offer should be!
Expensify – Great app to keep track of your expenses so that at the end of the year you don’t end up paying an arm and a leg for taxes! The resale business has mucho tax write offs if you document them correctly. This just makes it easier for me to keep my books in check and figure out how much money I’ve REALLY made.
Gas Buddy – As I’m cruising around picking, or hitting storage auctions, I’m bound to run out of gas eventually. This handy little app tells me where the closest gas station is and what gas costs there. You can sort the stations by lowest cost or proximity. It’s saved me from a AAA call more than once. haha.
Google Voice – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… you should be putting a phone number for people to call you at in all of your classified ads. The problem with that is eventually you get a creeper that wants to call you at all hours of the morning. Well, with google voice, you get a free phone number to use, and with the app you can take and receive calls from your cell phone without using your real number. Furthermore, you can block unwanted numbers from calling you and turn off “business hours” so you don’t get calls within certain hours. Best of all it’s free!
Yard Sale Mapper – Hands down the best yard sale app I’ve found. It maps out all the yard sales for you so you can head out in the right direction and hit as many places as you can. Now, it doesn’t get them all, mind you. It only picks up on the yard sales that were posted on craigslist and a couple other online sources, but it’s definitely the way to start mapping out your sales for the weekend if you plan on pickin’
Genius Scan – I use genius scan for a multitude of things. The two most common are logging receipts so I don’t have to carry a bunch of paper around with me and correcting perspective on photos so my pictures look good when posting ads online. It’s a handy little app. There’s a free version and a paid version.
PayPal – The industry leader in online payments for small merchant transactions, it only seems logical to have this on hand when you want to take money from someone that doesn’t have cash on hand. I’ve used this at garage sales, flea markets, and just between friends. It’s simple, and gets you your money quickly (if you have the paypal debit card)
Go Payment Pro – Go Payment Pro is actually my preferred credit card taking app. It comes with a little doo-dad that hooks up into your headphone jack of your phone and allows you to take credit cards anywhere you have cell phone service. The cool thing about GoPayment is that it drops the money directly into your bank account instead of into a paypal account (that you have to then withdraw from).
Square Up – Square is my backup plan for when GoPayment isn’t working… of course, I’ve never actually had to use Square because GoPayment has never failed me. But that doesn’t mean it’s you shouldn’t have options!
All of these apps add something to my daily business life. Whether it’s keeping me organized, saving or making me money, or protecting me from creepers looking at my ads, they do their part in making my business succeed.