7 Small Business Apps That Save You Time and Money

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Many small business owners often feel overwhelmed by the full range of tasks that require their attention each day. While you need to be an expert in your specific field or industry, you also need to handle all operational tasks, such as managing employees, working on payroll and more.

If you have a very small business, you may handle these tasks entirely on your own.

Fortunately, there are now numerous apps available that are designed to help professionals like you save time and work more efficiently.

Here are some apps you should consider using for your small business.

  1. QuickBooks

    QuickBooks is a well-designed, robust financial management tool. It can help you reduce the stress and time associated with paying bills, managing your books and more.

    In fact, QuickBooks has features that help you to track business miles traveled, create and manage invoices, process payroll and even assist with tax prep. This is a similar program that you may already be using for personal financial management, but it has specific applications for small business owners as well.

  2. Gusto

    While QuickBooks can handle multiple financial management tasks for you, Gusto is specifically designed for payroll and HR-related tasks. It has a web-based platform as well as a mobile app that you can download to your phone.

    The interface is user-friendly, and you can easily manage statistical analysis related to payroll. Regardless of what your payroll challenges are, this may be just the right tool for your small business.

  3. OneDrive

    OneDrive is a Microsoft app that enables you to store files in the cloud. You can save the files in a specific cloud-based folder on any of your devices such as your computer, smartphone or tablet. You can then access those files from any other device that your OneDrive application is connected to. This application also has file sharing capabilities for enhanced usability.

    OneDrive is an excellent app for business owners that are on the go and need to access files using their mobile devices. It also allows remote employees to easily access and share work-related files.

  4. Trello

    If you are looking for a convenient way to manage teams and to encourage collaboration in your office, Trello is a tool that you should take a closer look at. The app lets you create boards and groups, enable access to others in the group, add notes and more.

    You can have multiple groups or projects running at the same time through Trello, and all members of the group can see activity or even communicate with each other in real-time. This is a great resource when you manage projects in-house or when you have remote workers collaborating together.

  5. GoToMeeting

    Hosting meetings traditionally has meant that all applicable parties need to physically meet in the same location. Phone conferences may have sufficed in some instances, but those who are teleconferencing in could not view files.

    GoToMeeting is a web-based application that allows you to create meetings, invite people to join your meeting at a certain time and communicate view voice or chat. You can also enable viewing of your screen to share a presentation, or you can even send files through the platform.

  6. Streak

    Streak is a customer relationship management tool which integrates into Gmail and other Google applications. It’s basically a plugin which allows you to keep track of your entire sales process.

    You can save data about your customers and share it with your employees so that everyone on your team can easily keep track of the interaction with your customers.

    If your team uses Google applications, Streak is an application worth taking a closer look at.

  7. HootSuite

    Many small businesses run social media marketing campaigns because this is a money-saving and very effective way to reach target audiences. However, such campaigns can be time consuming without the right tools.

    HootSuite is an excellent application that helps you to create and manage multiple social media marketing campaigns at the same time. More than that, it has analytical applications so that you can easily measure the performance of your campaigns. This enables further improvement with future campaigns.

Final Thoughts

Each of these exceptional applications provides small business owners like you with different benefits. Ultimately, they can help you to work more productively. This can boost efficiency and can even save your business money in different ways. Take time to explore each of these applications, and focus your attention on the applications that are most well-suited for your specific needs.

About the Author

Lisa Michaels is a freelance writer, editor and a striving content marketing consultant from Portland. Being self-employed, she does her best to stay on top of the current trends in the business world. Feel free to connect with her on Twitter @LisaBMichaels.

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