Get organised, stay connected, and be visible with these productivity-driven smart business apps.
More and more in today’s digitally-powered world, apps are increasingly used by small business owners as invaluable tools to help businesses grow and function fluidly. Here’s a handy list of 10 useful mobile and web apps, each designed to help you get organised and stay connected.
1. Google Drive
Google Drive allows users to view and edit files across PC, tablet, and smartphone. It’s a fully-featured office suite and cloud drive all-in-one, allowing you to store and access any file type via app or web interface.
Evernote is an ideal app for users who need to “Remember Everything.” Allowing users to organise and share texts, photos, and voice memos, small business owners can readily keep track of every idea that springs to mind. The app then syncs your notes, photos, and documents across all platforms, making everything available everywhere and at all times.
Bump is a networking app allowing small business owners to abandon printed business cards in favour of electronic ones. Users can trade contact information simply by “bumping” their smartphones together.
MailChimp is a solid app that tracks your company’s email marketing. While MailChimp has withheld many of the features you find on the website, this makes the app easy to use, clean and refined. MailChimp has more than 2 million users and is growing at rate of about 6,000 users a day.
Tripit is a revolutionary app that allows on-the-go business owners the chance to track trip arrangements all in one place. The app also provides weather updates and directions to make traveling easier than ever. Makes travelling much less stressful.
LinkedIn in a well-known business social network, aimed at keeping you connected with family, friends and colleagues in a career-focused setting. The site works on the principle of six-degrees of separation. Once you have built up a foundation of known connections, you should be able to find the person or business you need by passing through your contacts’ connections.
Expensify is an easy app that keeps track of business expenses, allowing users the chance to scan and upload receipts. Employees can even file receipts and submit expense reports to employers with a simple smartphone click.
Zoom is a video-conferencing platform that’s an alternative to Skype, Google Hangouts or Go To Meeting. The quality of the call is very high, even with lots of participants or when you have a slow internet connection.
There’s a free plan for meetings up to 40 minutes long with up to 25 participants – so if you ever need to make video calls for work or any other reason, give it a try!
If you’ve got the odd task that you want to outsource, but not enough to justify hiring a dedicated virtual assistant, FancyHands might be just what you need.
After buying a monthly “package” of a certain number of tasks, you just email them every time you’ve got a job that needs doing – and one of their vetted network of assistants gets right on the case for you.
Square offers business owners a chance to easily accept credit card payments via smartphone or tablet. With no sign-up or monthly fees, the service takes 2.75 percent of each transaction – an indispensable app for small businesses entrepreneurs.