Author: Madie Hodges
With smartphones came phone applications and gradually the phrase “There’s an app for that!” Most businesses provide apps to customers, and so that phrase has become increasingly more accurate.
Apps are efficient and easy to use, so the appeal to create an app is very strong. Mobile applications can keep your customers connected to your business, help your business stay organized, and even help your business become more recognizable. As apps become more influential, they are also gaining relevance especially when it comes to helping your business grow and run smoothly. Think about how many apps you have on your mobile device right now. Now think about how over 55 billion apps were downloaded in 2013! It’s time to put these apps to good use, and here are the ten best that your small business needs.
Expensify helped many business owners when its app transformed expense accounts from scary to simple. The company simplified the process of submitting and approving expense reports like no other company had done before. With the app, users can keep track of their expenses and miles traveled all at once. The app even organizes expenses by trip or by payment method. Plus, you can add your credit card accounts to Expensify to make uploading your receipts and reports that much easier! This app is great for small business owners who travel a lot or who have their employees use their own credit cards for expenses. It easily allows you to upload all of your information for a simple exporting process.
Square is completely transforming the way small business retailers accept credit cards. Not only is it accessible to any retailer, it is also free. That means no sign up or monthly fees. Of course, there is a catch. Square charges 2.75 percent per transaction, which is typically lower than most credit card processing companies. Square allows anyone with access to a smartphone or tablet to accept credit cards using their plugin processor. This app is most convenient for retailers who don’t want to deal with pesky credit card processor payments.
Evernote is the app that remembers, well, everything. The app puts all your notes, tasks, and to-do lists in one convenient place. But what’s great is that Evernote is not strictly for mobile. The desktop version easily syncs with the application so that you will never forget anything again. Evernote takes it one step further by not only allowing you to store and organize your notes, pictures, and recordings but also allowing you to share all of this information via the app. Evernote is great for creative teams and office businesses who have plenty of ideas and tasks that they need to keep organized for effective use.
4. Google Drive
We all know how easy Google Drive has made our lives. It allows us to access our computer files and folders from virtually anywhere as well as share them with our contacts with a click of a button. The Google Drive app allows you to access all of your Google documents from your mobile phone. Another great perk of Google Drive is that the memory space up to 15 GB is free, and so is the app! The Google Drive app is great for people who travel and for businesses that have multiple offices in different areas because it makes file sharing so simple and easy.
Asana is another app that is great for businesses that operate in multiple locations because it makes working on projects together much simpler. The Asana app gets rid of email chains and puts together a platform for your to-do lists, group projects, and tasks. Within the platform you can assign tasks to different users and start conversations while keeping everything in one place. Asana makes collaboration between colleagues so much easier and makes communication less tedious.
Uber is another great quick and convenient app that anyone could use. Uber takes the concept of ride sharing to the next level by allowing users to hail a taxi, an uberX, a black car, a luxury car, or an SUV to their exact location. Simply download the application, add your credit card information, and voila, you’re traveling to your destination! Uber makes traveling in new cities easy by pinpointing your exact location and sending you a text message when your Uber has arrived. Uber is a great app for any individual but it is especially great for employees who travel a lot because it also sends you an email receipt making it that much simpler to add it to your expense reports!
AwayFind is perfect for the workaholic type because it allows users to disengage from work email while still receiving the important ones. It does cost five dollars a month for the app, but the app alerts you via text message when important emails have been sent to your work email. The inventor claims the app can save you at least two hours a day of searching through emails by simply sorting and organizing your priority emails.
If you work with social media, chances are HootSuite has become invaluable to you. Well, good news. HootSuite has an app that allows you to manage all of your business’ social media from your smartphone. With the app, you can run analytics that lets you track your social media content as well as schedule your social media outreach. Engaging with users on your social media platforms is easier because you can schedule your posts for times when your followers are most active.
Mailstrom is another application that manages your email for you. It organizes your messages by priority for either a yearly cost of $49.95 or a monthly cost of $4.95. It’s fast and easy to download and sign up, and Mailstrom allows you to create your own preferences to decide which emails are the most important. It saves your preferences for spam mail and bulk emails and sends them to their own folders, so they will never bother you or clutter your inbox again!
Robin gets you. Robin is a personal assistant app that is amazing for businesses with hectic schedules. Robin is like Siri for your business. However, Robin goes one step further by not only being able to recognize your voice and email your clients and colleagues but also by giving you traffic updates, parking guidance, personalized radio, and hands-free messaging.
We are living in a mobile world. It’s about time to take your business to the next level, and these apps can really help get you there. They make your life so much easier by handling emails, parking, rides, your expense reports, and so much more.