Small business owners have a lot of things (responsibilities, bills, headaches), but they’re usually missing one of the biggies: time. Thankfully this is the age of the Internet where developers can address these pain points in neatly packaged ways – namely, apps.
Here are 7 apps that small business owners can use to boost their businesses:
If you’re like me, you make lots (and lots) of notes and want to keep them organized and want the ability to check and edit them both at home and on-the-go. Enter Evernote, the app that does just that. I manage everything through Evernote, whether it’s simple budgets to lists of birthday gift ideas to travel plans to article ideas to… well, you get the point. With Evernote you can make a note on your computer and then access it on your smartphone, or vice versa. I love this app and I don’t care who knows it.
Trello is a free project management app that I’ve used to keep myself organized in both business and personal projects. It uses a simple card function and can act as a simple to-do list for yourself, or allow a team of multiple people to communicate on tasks and deliverables for larger projects. It can handle attachments, comment threads, and more.
Anyone with a smartphone or tablet can accept payments thanks to Square. Founded by the creator Twitter, the service takes 2.75% of each transaction (which means no signups or monthly fees for users). With Square you can easily accept payments anywhere with a Wi-Fi signal.
Need to share files with team members, or just want to have duplicates of your important documents safe in the cloud? Dropbox could be for you. With Dropbox you can access your files from any device, and easily set it up to act as a backup. For example, I will sometimes have Dropbox automatically sync with my iPhone to port over my recent photos.
If your team needs to be in constant contact, this work-group chat app may be for you. You can chat, share files and photos, and even track projects. Best of all, Yammer has add-on apps that can help boost productivity and help your team perform even the most Herculean of tasks.
Are you always on the go and looking for a good Wi-Fi spot? This app is what you’re looking for. It will help you find either free or paid public Wi-Fi hotspots and give directions to the location you choose.
If you travel a lot and need to keep track of your expenses, Expensify might be for you. It allows you to log expenses, manage reports, and even capture images of your receipts (and more). If your company has a corporate account you can access even more features.
Those are my suggestions for apps for small business owners. What are some of your favorites? Is there a particular app that’s come in handy for your business? Let me know about it.