When you are a small business, you’re a little fish in a very big, very competitive pond. Because of this, you need all the help you can get without breaking the bank. If you have already hired amazing employees, have a great product and good publicity, then you need applications that are going to make your company more efficient so that you can be more profitable. Here are a few of the best apps that small businesses can use to make their lives easier and their customers happy.
1) Evernote :
Evernote is a new app available on iOS and Android and is quickly replacing most of the note-taking apps on the market. This app allows you to take typed notes, record dictation, import photographs, charts and graphs. Even more amazing, Evernote can sync to your phone, tablet and computer so that you can edit and access to your notes from anywhere. Let’s say a potential business partner approaches you to discuss the advantages of franchising. Think you can remember all of that? Probably not. This is a great app for business meetings, writers, and secretaries so that no points are missed and everything is one place.
2) Google Drive :
Google Drive is a storage and synchronization app that functions in a variety of capacities. It has cloud storage, file sharing capabilities and allows for edits to be done to anyone logged onto your network. It also offers a variety of implements for whatever project comes your way: presentation, documents, spreadsheets, drawings, whatever you need. And everything is saved to the drive continuously so if your computer crashes or you accidently delete a document, you’ll still have all your information.
3) Expensify :
Tax season is a stressful time for big and small businesses alike. You want things to be accurate but you definitely don’t want to lose money. The tax structure allows for small businesses to receive funds and cuts but you have to know how to file them. Instead of keeping all your receipts in a shoebox or paying a CPA to do your taxes, you can use Exemplify. You can take a snapshot of any receipt and it will immediately add that to your tax and accounting software so nothing falls through the cracks and you can get money back to put into your business.
4) Asana :
Asana is a great tool for small businesses because it allows you control a variety of projects, tasks and people all in one central location. It functions in similar fashion as HootSuite does to social media. Now you won’t miss any deadlines or assignments because you will have streamlined access to all your management needs.
5) Shopify :
For some small businesses, you may have a website but you don’t have the capability to take online orders or to package and ship outside of your state. Shopify allows you to set up an online store and you can check revenue, pricing, shipment orders, everything right there. Until you can afford to make the e-commerce implements on your site, this app can be perfect for keeping your customers satisfied.
This post was written by M.G. Bachemin in association with http://www.townlaw-licensing.com/. She has an interest in small business ventures and entrepreneurship.