Business Apps to tryOctober 8th, 2018
There’s lots of choice in the big wide App Store but here’s some Business Apps to consider;
APPS FOR FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING
QUICKBOOKS – accounting software helps you run your business and provides a sense of your company’s overall financial health. Use QuickBooks to track your business’ sales and expenses; view financial statements, such as profit and loss reports; pay your employees and vendors; track unpaid invoices; and more.
QuickBooks connects to thousands of accounts — including your business bank account, credit cards, PayPal and Square — and uploads data from these sources seamlessly. It also simplifies doing your business taxes, as it tracks expenses and lets you upload photos of receipts from your phone. With QuickBooks Online, you can access QuickBooks on your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet.
FRESHBOOKS – This app gives small-business owners and freelance workers a simple way to manage and track invoices. Freshbooks lets you create personalized, professional-looking invoices; automatically bill your clients for recurring invoices; and accept credit cards on your mobile device. Other useful features include the ability to track and organize expenses from anywhere and create customizable business reports, such as profit and loss statements.
WAVE – An easy-to-use accounting software platform specifically for small businesses, independent contractors and sole proprietors with nine or fewer employees. Wave lets businesses track sales and expenses, manage invoices and customer payments, pay employees, scan receipts and generate accounting reports. The company recently added free personal finance software to help small-business owners manage their finances in one place.
APPS FOR COMMUNICATION
ADDAPPT – makes it easier to manage your contacts. It gives your business associates, friends and family the ability to update their contact information in your address book, provided they also use Addappt. You can also organize contacts into groups and send messages via the app.
FUZE – is a videoconferencing app that hosts online meetings for all devices and operating systems, including iPads and tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy. It offers high-definition video and crisp audio, and it’s easy to set up and download.
PUSHOVER – This app is a game changer for well-connected small-business owners with more than one phone or device. Pushover sends push messages to any smartphone and organizes messages and notifications from your devices in one common space. You can send 7,500 messages each month and receive an unlimited amount of notifications on Android and iOS devices and desktops.
APPS FOR TIME MANAGEMENT
RESCUETIME – Automatically tracks time you’ve spent on applications and websites and sends you detailed reports and data based on your activity, giving you an accurate picture of how you spent your day. It works for Mac, PC, Android and Linux.
OMNIFOCUs – shows users what’s due and when, reviews completed tasks and syncs between your phone and desktop. It works with iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watch.
TRIPIT – consolidates travel plans into a single, master itinerary that you can access at any time and on any device, regardless of the website you used to buy your ticket. Users must forward all their travel emails to TripIt, and the app takes it from there. You can also check departure times and delays, find directions to the airport and view weather reports.
ASANA – If your business is looking to improve its communication and collaboration, look no further than Asana. The web-based and mobile app lets you view all tasks and projects and follow progress on the Asana board, and you can share notes, upload files and communicate without having to rely on email. Asana also integrates with Google Drive and Dropbox to attach files, and with Slack for communication to post updates to a Slack messaging channel.
PROVEN – helps you organize your hiring, letting you post all your job listings to multiple job boards with one click on your smartphone. You can also sort through dozens of application responses in just minutes; categorize applicants into “yes,” “no” and “maybe” buckets; and note when you follow up with a candidate. Good fit for companies that have sporadic hiring needs, such as restaurants and retail, or for an entrepreneur who juggles multiple business tasks and needs to save time on hiring.
BOXMEUP – This Android app organizes and tracks your packages, containers and other bulk storage items. It allows you to print the proper QR labels, which you can scan with your phone to access a list of items in each container at any time. There’s no iPhone app, but you can access Boxmeup’s mobile website using an iPhone.
EVERNOTE – is the app for syncing notes across mobile and desktop devices. To-do lists, reminders and notes about ideas are accessible across your devices.
PAYPAL HERE – Paypal have created an app that lets businesses attach PayPal’s card reader to a tablet or other device and use it as a portable register. The PayPal Here app is ideal for businesses that need to get paid on the go.
SQUARE – This payment app is a good fit for businesses such as food trucks, beauty salons and retail shops. Its users get a small, portable card reader that attaches to a phone or another mobile device to take fast, convenient payments. Also offers a point of sale system called Square Register for businesses with actual premises/store.
EXPENSIFY – makes keeping track of business trip expenses less painful. You can link your credit or debit card to your Expensify account so the app will place charges directly on an expense report. Or, if you prefer, you can take pictures of your receipts with your phone, and Expensify will automatically extract the relevant information. You can then make an expense report yourself, which takes only a few minutes.
DROPBOX – Boasting 500 million users and 200,000 businesses, DropBox is the most popular platform on which to store and share files on the cloud. It’s especially useful for companies that need a reliable way to share information with telecommuters.