’m back in school for a business degree and justtook a course where students run a very smallventure using only $20 in startup capital. I chose
3D printing because it was already a hobby ofmine and a bottle of resin was only twenty bucks.
I named my company Jax 3D Prints, and it’s done
pretty well so far for a side hustle conducted for
school. We sell miniatures for things like Dungeons and
Dragons and custom parts that are usually more expensive,
like washing machine knobs, at reasonable prices.
While I can’t tell you how to start a business from scratchand maximize profits, I can tell you about the apps I use topower my own small business. I’ll cover how to managevarious parts of your business through your phone, as well asyour own sanity. (As it turns out, running a small business is adrain on your mental wellbeing.) I hope the apps I’ve includedwill help you as much as they’ve helped me. Every single appI’ve used has made my life and business much easier to runthan anything else I’ve done.
I love making money, and I love it when people buy thingsfrom me that I’ve made. But how do you handle the exchangeonline? I tried two apps, PayPal Business and WaveInvoicing, both free and very easy to use.
PayPal Business has been reliable, up-to-date, and professional in every regard. It makes it effortless to build an invoice,and it’s fully integrated within the PayPal ecosystem. This levelof integration means that when you send an invoice, you getpaid via PayPal, and you can then quickly and easily transferthat money to the bank if you have it set up.
To build a quick invoice, just tap the lightning arrow andselect Create Invoice. Then, fill out the contact info for theclient’s PayPal, click Add Item or Service, and fill in the details,including price. Then click Next and select Send Invoice. It’squick and efficient.
The second app I tried, Wave Invoicing, is what you use for
a more professional and official-looking invoice. It’s just as
easy to use as PayPal, with almost the exact same steps.
It gives you three customization options and offers theclients multiple ways to pay, including credit cards. I think thisis an excellent option for businesses that are more service-based than product-based, but it works great for either.
Make It Look Professional
When you start a business, one of the minimumsteps you need to take is tocreate a logo. There are a lotof apps that can do that, butCanva (free, $12.99/monthfor premium) is my favorite.It is the easiest way to design graphics on your phone,hands down. You can designit on the fly, using professionally designed templatescreated by Canva’s in-houseteam of designers.
To do this, just click New,then click the logo. You’llhave a bunch of templates tochoose from (I chose a verysimple one because I’m nota very fancy dude), and thenjust tap to edit. It’s as simpleas that.
Once you’ve made your logo, you’re ready to make abusiness card. Follow the same steps, except chooseBusiness Card, and use the logo you just created or pick fromthe pre-designed templates.
You can also create specific things for your Facebook page,manage your Facebook stories and Instagram posts, and otheruseful assets. Canva’s Stories section for your social media is awonder to behold. This app is at the forefront of what’s stylishand trendy to maximize your social media engagement. ThoseAussies really know what they’re doing over there.
Social Media-Savvy Apps
Canva ties in very well with my social media managementapp of choice, Buffer (free, $15–$99/month for premium).Buffer’s raison d’être is to schedule social media posts to multiple accounts at predetermined times. Why does that matter?It’s been proven that your reach is much better at certain timesof the day when more people are online. Buffer has preselect-ed times available for you to post, which makes the processeasy.
To schedule posts, all you have to do is hit the plus sign, typeout a post, include a picture or flyer or other items, then hit theplus sign at the top to add additional social media accounts topublish under. Finally, hit Add to Queue at the bottom. I alwaysinclude a picture of the product, a flyer, or some other graphicthat I made in Canva (y’all seriously need to get on that Canvatrain).