Small businesses can ben time consuming and overwhelming. Luckily every day we are getting more and more technology designed specifically to help out small business or home business owners, and tools that are developed for other purposes that can be just as useful in a business atmosphere.
Here are a few of the top apps you can use to help run your business:
Dropbox: One of the most useful systems for a digital, accessible filing system. Dropbox is cloud storage, especially useful for keeping your small business paperwork in order in case of audit or legal question, and is useful for those with telecommuting employees.
Expensify: This company simplifies the process of submitting and approving expense reports. You can add credit card accounts to make uploading receipts and reports even easier. You can use this for yourself if you are a consultant to track expenses, and you can use it with your employees. It is a very versatile app.
QuickBooks GoPayments: Since most companies use QuickBooks for accounting these days, what better way to accept payments than with a QuickBooks card reader? Plug it into your phone or tablet, and you can record your sales directly into the app that you do all of your accounting in, and take out the middle steps.
Square: If you do not use QuickBooks, Square is the most accessible card reader out there for Point-of-Sale payments from customers.
Flyp: This more advanced version of Google Voice lets you set up multiple extensions that all route to the same mobile device, and you can set up how those calls are received and how the go to voicemail. This allows you control over phone call organization and is one of the most popular apps for small-business owners.
Hootsuite: Keep your Social Media accounts, from Twitter to Tumblr, all in one place. From Facebook to Linkedin, keep your social media for the business manageable, scheduled out, and get analytics and statistics from it as well.
Dwolla: If you don’t need a card reader for sales with Point-of-Sale purchases, Dwolla is for you. No card-swiper, it accepts payments via bank transfers and is completely free. No transactions costs, like with Square. You can accept or request mass payments from many sources, you can set up recurring payments, and customize fees.
If you use Gmail, consider Streak: It organizes customers not by contact information, but by where you are at in your business relationship. From gathering leads to pitching to signing a deal, you can see all of your clients in a newsfeed organized with every email interaction with them.
Basecamp: This is your all-in-one organizer. Build projects, set to do lists, collaborate with others, track progress. Everything you need to do to keep your staff in touch, on the same page, and organized with tasks is in Basecamp.
Gusto: Payroll, taxes, and benefits are all processed through this app. Onboarding, new hire reporting, tax filings, deduction automation, and even pay stubs can all be automated through Gusto. This app is by far the priciest of the lot based on your needs, but it also takes the place of an HR manager when you only have very few employees.