There are thousands of apps geared toward businesses and startups, but only a handful you should care about

For startups, it’s a tough road to success: about 50% of small businesses fail in the first five years, and tech startups fail at a rate that’s estimated to be as high as 90%. But, for hopeful entrepreneurs trying to get their companies off the ground, there’s a bright side: a growing number of inexpensive, innovative apps are available to fight those figures. From handling transactions and scheduling meetings to creating brand awareness and keeping track of receipts, there’s an almost unlimited array of online tools emerging every day to ease the path to business success.

To cut through the noise, we asked entrepreneurs for some of their favorites and put together a list of the essentials. Here are 12 tools you should download before you open your doors for business.

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Source: The Guardian Circular Economy RSS