The Best Business Apps for Small Businesses
May 22, 2018
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Apps are all the rage. Smartphones and tablets allow businesspeople to complete various tasks virtually anywhere with just a few taps on their devices. It’s no wonder that so many developers are designing apps for all kinds of business situations.
But do you need all of them? It’s tempting to get apps for every imaginable task, but it can get counterproductive fairly quickly.
It’s surprisingly easy to lose information and time among various apps, not to mention their cost. If you add it all up, having too many apps can waste your time and money faster than not having any at all.
This isn’t to say you shouldn’t rely on apps. After all, automating your business is the best way forward. But choose wisely which ones you need, and don’t waste your time, money, and storage space on apps you won’t use very often.
But choose wisely which ones you need, and don’t waste your time, money, and storage space on apps you won’t use very often.
If you require more than a simple calendar app to organize your small business’ day-to-day tasks, consider Trello.
A user-friendly project management tool, it enables you to organize and distribute tasks quickly and easily, and also allows your employees to collaborate on assignments.
With Trello, you can create and assign tasks, share the workload between your employees, and avoid all confusion about responsibilities, deadlines, and priorities. Best of all, you can check your team’s progress just by checking for updates on the app. Nothing boosts productivity as much as constant visibility.
The basic plan is free; paid plans start at $9.99/month/user.
For coordinating frequent business trips, you may need a travel app like TripIt.
TripIt collects all your travel information and consolidates your itinerary in one place. It also updates information on flight delays, driving directions, and weather reports.
The basic version of the app is free. Pro versions start at $49 per year.
Slack is a business messaging app that allows you to create various channels of conversation and share files among your employees.
Downloading the app is worth it if you employ remote workers, have more than twenty employees, or your workers frequently engage in different areas of conversation (e.g. customer service, finance, marketing, etc).
Slack saves and archives all conversations, which means that you’ll have an ever deepening pool of knowledge about all business tasks.
The app is free for small teams; paid plans start at $6.67/month/user.
For a reliable video conference app, give Zoom a try. The app allows you to invite up to 500 participants and 10,000 viewers, which makes it easy to organize webinars as well.
Zoom offers instant messaging, private conference “rooms”, and superior audiovisual quality. The basic plan is free; Pro plans start at $14.99/month/user.
Accounting is not the tedious “bending over thick ledgers” type of work it used to be. Thanks to various software platforms, accounting becomes a lot faster and easier for small business owners.
Xero plans start at $20/month, while QuickBooks charges $13/ month for a starter package. Both apps offer a free trial period.
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