Whether you’re trying to meet people or get a job, there is a Facebook app for almost everyone. For work-at-home telecommuters and self-made entrepreneurs, however, Facebook – and its more than one billion users – can bring your enterprise to the next level.
But you have to know the right apps to increase your leverage on your work. There is no get-rich-quick app, and you shouldn’t download anything that promises results without work. But there are programs that can – on a day-to-day basis – increase your productivity, streamline your administration, and boost your overall output. If you work from home, be sure to check out these apps.
Are you a web designer who needs a content writer? A programmer who wants to hook up with an SEO expert? A dog trainer who wants to partner up with a groomer? Check out SkillPages. This app connects workers with potential employers, clients with entrepreneurs, and business partners with other businesspeople who want to expand their enterprise.
In use by over half a million people, Easypromos allows users to create promotions and contests on any Facebook page. Offer coupons, delve into market research, and set up video or photo contests that can be handled on both a PC or a mobile device and in multiple languages.
Jobvite uses proprietary matching technology to not only find opportunities for job seekers, but allows employers to screen and filter potential workers. You can apply for positions without ever leaving Facebook and monitor your application status at any time.
MyParichay harnesses the power of social media as a network and referral system for placing applicants with potential employers. Calling itself the future of job boards, the app vows to revolutionize the way business people connect by trolling the web for business connections and categorizing opportunities into tiers.
Named “Best Employment Site 2012″ by the Webby Awards, Glassdoor connects to literally millions of salaries, reviews with any company, and gives you a window into connections on Facebook to opportunities you didn’t even know you had.
Of the gajillions of calendar apps out there, Sunrise might just be the best. A clean interface, bright colors, and intuitive ease of use makes this productivity app special in a very mundane niche.
You’ve heard of e-Commerce, but with Ecwid, you can take F-Commerce to the next level. Selling on Facebook has never been easier than it is with Ecwid’s shopping cart. It supports drag and drop and can be integrated into literally any Facebook page. Its upgrades work really well, and it’s super fast.
There are a seemingly infinite number of to-do list apps that promise to make your daily life easier and more efficient. Wunderlist, however, stands out by syncing across all devices, and setting up reminders, recurring tasks, and subtasks.
BeKnown from Monster
BeKnown from Monster harnesses the power of the world’s most well-known job board to put you in touch with like-minded businesspeople with whom you can pair up. Breaking the business world into niches and categories, BeKnown helps you stand out and raise a flag to people who might become business partners in the future.
Facebook changed the way the world communicates. More than one in seven people on the planet use Facebook, many of them every day. For those of us who work at home, choosing the right apps can be the difference between mediocrity and making a great living doing interesting work. Most of what Facebook does is connect people to other people, and if you’re working from home, what could be more important?
What are your favorite productivity-boosting Facebook apps? If we left your faves out, be sure to let us know in the comments section below.
Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. He writes about social media and home business entrepreneurship as well as finance topics such as advice for individuals seeking car finance with bad credit.