On My Grind + My Top 5 Apps For Busy Moms

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As you all know I recently relaunched and reintroduced my Business Consulting site: The Pretty Grind. Naturally I’m the head ambassador for my brand, so I’ve literally been on my grind in ways I haven’t seen myself do in eons. I’ve been setting up meeting after meeting, hitting the pavement, and doing all I can to get it where I want it to be. Grinding and hitting the pavement with a one year old has proven to be harder than it looks. I’ve had to go to “work” after work, and it’s not always easy to maneuver. I’ve been finding myself trying to find the most convenient ways of doing things so that I’m being sure to use my time wisely. I came to the conclusion that I needed to curate a list of apps that can help me manage my time.  This made me realize that maybe some of you are having the same issues, and could use a list of handy dandy “go-to apps” to make life a little easier for you too. I haven’t had the chance to try them all out yet, but this list is the best cheat sheet for working moms on the go who need things done pronto.

Name: Sittercity

What is it: Sort of like the Uber of caregiving.

Pros:

-On-demand babysitters
-Families & sitters go through background checks.
-Families & sitters can also do their own background checks outside of  Sittercity.
-Company is primarily run by females
-They recently went through a brand relaunch with Elizabeth Harz as the new CEO, and millennial parents in mind while rebranding
-You can pay directly through the app
-Sitters upload short videos so you can get a snippet of them before starting the background check

Cons:
Your favorite babysitter might not always be available on-demand. In cases like this, if possible, try to give the sitter as much notice as possible so they can try to be available for you.

Sittercity quickly made its way to the top of my list for many reasons. Although I have not yet used them myself, they come highly recommended from a few of my trusted friends, and I’ve thoroughly researched their company on my own so that when the time is right I can jump right in. The only reason why I haven’t used them yet is because the opportunity hasn’t presented itself, but as busy as I’m becoming, I anticipate their use coming in handy pretty soon.

Name: RetailMeNot

What is it: An app that tells you which stores or websites are having discounts. Search nearby or search by store name

Pros:
-Has nearly every retailer you can think of in its database
-Adds new discounts  throughout the day
-Usually updates right after the retailer announces the sale

Cons:
They list popular and unpopular coupons instead of just deleting the unpopular coupons. This is a con because sometimes the code still works even though its in the unpopular category. Sometimes it really doesn’t work. You have to just try them out and see what works which can be time consuming.

I absolutely love RetailMeNot! I am the type of person who will never make a purchase without searching for a discount first, so this app is usually always opened on my phone. Although the unpopular coupon thing can be annoying, it’s not enough to make me leave them alone.

Name: Genius Scan
               Genius Fax

What is it: It’s like having a scanner and fax machine in your purse. Take a picture of your document and send it where it needs to go.

Pros:
These apps have some type of technology built into them that allows your document pictures to look like actual scanned documents vs pictures of papers. The recipient will never be able to tell that you’re sending the docs from your phone.

Cons:
Although these apps work hand in hand, they must be downloaded separately, and you have to purchase credits for Genius fax in order to fax documents.

I counted these two apps as one because they go hand in hand. They are super convenient for busy moms, especially those running businesses. There is always something I need to have notarized and then faxed, and it’s a hassle to have to wait until I get home at night or work the next morning to get it done. These apps have saved me from missing deadlines on numerous occasions, and I highly recommend everyone download them pronto!

Name: Square Cash App

What is it: Money transfer app that allows you to transfer money to people by name, phone number, or email. Funds available in your account within minutes.

Pros:
Money is transferred to your bank account and available for use within 5 minutes of the transfer (when you select instant funds). If you don’t mind waiting, you can use the 1-3 day availability option and get your funds in a few days. All you do is enter your debit card information and you’re all set. The recipient doesn’t see any of your private information at all.

Cons:
There is a 1% fee for using the instant transfer option, while it is free to use the 1-3 day option. If the person sending you money is a new customer, and the transfer amount is over $300, their transfer to you might be delayed while the app verifies their identity on the back-end. This has only happened to me once, and I use it all the time.

I have absolutely no complaints about this app. I’m always transferring money to and from family, babysitters, vendors, and service providers, and this is so convenient and user friendly. To be able to use your money within minutes says enough on its own. Whoever invented this system is a genius!

Name: Google Maps

What is it: Mapping service for assistance with navigation and directions

Pros:
-Gives real-time traffic conditions
-Gives real-time roadwork and detours
-Has panoramic real street views
-Gives directions for walking, driving, and public transportation

Cons:
If you don’t have great reception you shouldn’t use it. It tends to buffer in bad reception areas and could result in you getting lost 😩.

I consistently choose Google Maps over every other mapping app because they are the most efficient in my opinion. They have up to the minute detours which is a MUST in NYC. I love this app because I’m almost always in a rush, and I hate when people give the wrong directions. I prefer to have the exact building number and I will get there on my own, thanks!

Hopefully you guys will take the time to download a few of these apps to see if they make things easier for you. What are some of your go-to apps for convenience?

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