A Friend, secretary and general knower of everything that rests easily in the palm of your hand, mobiles have become an essential ingredient to the functioning of the modern human. Running a small business is a hard endeavour but fortunately numerous apps exist with the power to help you manage the workload and automate facets of the business you lack experience in.
In a nutshell, Wunderlist is a to-do-list but what makes it better than a standard piece of paper is that it is highly customisable, can be shared and the app actively reminds you to meet deadlines. If that wasn’t enough, it’s free.
Trello is similar to Wunderlist but more project-oriented. It promotes collaboration in groups and tracks team workflow guiding participants to completing their required tasks effectively and on time. The app is free but there are paid monthly upgrades that can be purchased.
Is sharing and storing files a challenge for you? Then look no further than Dropbox. With it’s easy to use interface and the convenience of being free there’s a good reason why the service has attained over 500 million users. While the initial product is free, monthly paid upgrades are available.
Looking to hire staff but don’t have the time to post jobs to multiple boards? Proven allows you to place job listings to multiple different job boards all at once. In addition the app allows you to track and sort through resumes and easily contact successful candidates.
This is a useful tool that allows users to share and sync notes across mobile and desktop devices. The product can be downloaded for free but upgrading to monthly payments grants you access to more data.
You and the staff you employ need to get paid, that is fact. Square is an app that makes card payments a piece of cake. The setup is quick and simple, the transactions are secure and payments can be done from anywhere. The card reader itself goes for $19 but the app itself is free.
Essentially Slack is an instant messenger that can be customised to make groups amongst your staff and contacts. It’s easy to use and allows file sharing. In addition it archives everything expressed in the chatrooms.
If video conferencing is to become a large part of your day to day operations then you will find Skype quite handy. The app also offers instant messaging, file sharing capabilities and more. The base version is free but upgrading to the tailor made ‘skype for business’ may be a worthwhile investment.
A finance and accounting app, Freshbooks allows you to send invoices to clients with a swipe of the finger and spend less time on tedious paperwork. In addition, the app is built specifically to assist the needs of smaller businesses. The app is free to download and does not demand commitments.
Is a time management app that is easy to use, Clear is innovative because of its gesture based design which allows you to effectively and effortlessly map out your day. It allows users to build lists, is highly customisable and it syncs with the cloud. With over 2 million users, the $8.99 pricing for the download is definitely a worthwhile investment.
Another organization tool but with a twist, Insightly is designed to assist you with customer relations management. Insightly helps you in managing customers, leads, suppliers etc. It can also help with project management and provides reports for sales opportunities and events. What makes the app so great is that it is very easy to use and it provides a multitude of varying services for CRM. The app itself is free but prices for some of the services vary depending on the size of your company.