With tons of pressure on an individual to succeed on a day-to-day basis, being an entrepreneur is no easy task. PocketSuite aims to make life just a little bit easier for entrepreneurs and alleviate the stress that comes with complex transactions that many need to hire bookkeepers for. The app allows smooth, frictionless transactions between independent business owners and their clients while also helping you manage appointments and all financial information including pending payments and current income.
It allows entrepreneurs to be mobile, to access important information about their business and clients from anywhere in the world through the use of their mobile phone. Many independent business owners are limited by the need of their desktop computer where as with PocketSuite, entrepreneurs can feel more in control and more flexible.
The other aspect of the app is that it gives entrepreneurs and regular everyday working people the ability to hire freelance workers. Whether you need a DJ for your party, someone to cater your wedding, someone to walk your dog, or a graphic designer for your new project—PocketSuite allows you to not only find these freelance workers but also provides a platform to communicate with, book, and pay these workers with one single app.
The way you can search for businesses and freelancers by proximity to your location, as well as the availability of the freelancer, makes it very convenient and enjoyable experience for the user.
What makes this app so special is the ability to search for businesses that your friends have used and loved. You ever feel like you can’t trust ratings and reviews on Yelp? The problem with consumer reviews is that anyone can write them and they may not be accurate. PocketSuite eliminates the issue of mistrust because you can see the businesses that people that you personally trust have vouched for. No need to call your friends and say, “hey, know any good plumbers?” Everything is right there on the app for you. Just invite your friends to join your PocketSuite and you literally see a community begin to build of friends and service professionals.
Pricing & Availability
The app is completely free but at this time is only available for iOS. The app is currently listed in the App Store which can be searched using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch device. The app requires iOS 7.0 or higher and although the app can be used on the iPhone 4 models, it is optimized for iPhone 5 models.
What it does well
The process is simple. You search for a particular type of service provider. Service providers are ranked with the people you’ve used in the past that you rated highly and ones that your friends have used and rated highly are ranked above the service providers rated by strangers. Once you’ve found the service provider that you want and they’ve completed their task, you can pay them via the app. While paying them, you can rate the service and write a short review. One cool aspect is the ability to take a picture and attach it to the review. For instance, you can take a picture of the set up that a wedding planner put together or the work a landscaper has done on your yard. It gives even more validation to your review. What makes PocketSuite more trustworthy than other consumer reviews is that only verified paying customers can leave a review which eliminates any false or made up reviews.
The UX is simplistic, clear, and easy to pick up. With what they call the “Mobile Executive Dashboard,” you can see all of your upcoming appointments with clients, how much money is owed to you, and how much money you’ve made so far. The dashboard isn’t overly complicated or gives you an overabundance of information that overwhelms you, it sticks to the key metrics that an entrepreneur needs to know and allows you to be mobile. Not to mention financially, this gives small business owners the ability to have an executive dashboard that is usually reserved for bigger businesses who tend to have the finances to afford it. PocketSuite gives this type of technology away for free showing that above anything, they value customer service to the user unlike some apps which try to monetize every little feature.
Other cool features include the ability to automatically sync your PocketSuite appointments with your local calendar on your phone and user profiles which gives the app a more “social media” type of environment. You can enter a short bio and description of yourself that’s available to the public. It gives the app and the hiring process a more personal feel.
What we would like to see in future updates
This app is more helpful the more available it is to the masses, with that being said - we hope to see the app compatible with Android devices in the future. Currently as mentioned before, its limited to only users of Apple devices but with the inclusion of Android devices it will allow your community on the app to grow immensely and will make for an even more enjoyable experience. The more people who can use the app, the more useful and credible the app becomes. It creates a trustworthy network of friends, independent business owners, and reviews which will make the app more than just software but a necessity.
We would also to like to see the ability to include business website links and social media integration. To go along with the review, it would be nice to be able to have the website (if available) for the person you are working with as well as their Facebook Page, Twitter, Instagram, etc. PocketSuite has certain features already that gives it the personal feel of a social media account, it would take it a step further with social media integration.
The app is still in its early stages and the community isn’t huge yet but there’s no questioning how helpful this app can be. The onus is really on the users to take charge and spread the word to their friends to make this app worthwhile. But for small business owners, it gets no better. To have an app that allows to have a free executive dashboard and connect with all types of new potential customers, the sky is the limit. With its easy-to-use user interface, a fun and interactive style, a business structure built on trust, and two founders who’ve put customer service as a top priority - there’s no reason to doubt that this app is on the verge of greatness.
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