If you’re struggling under the weight of your business, plenty of apps are available to make life easier. With the right combination of tools, you can streamline your business processes, simplify your business finances, and save both time and money.
Evernote is a really great app that syncs your computer, phone and tablet. Keep all of your notes, web clippings, recipes, etc. Take a picture of a list or notes and Evernote will automatically recognize the words and make it searchable for you later. It’s the best notebook!
FreshBooks is an easy-to-use option that offers a lot of functionality on the go. If you have a service-oriented business that doesn’t need a high-powered accounting solution, FreshBooks is a great app. Track hours, log receipts, and send invoices from your smartphone or tablet. Tools are highly visual and intuitive, and the service integrates with several others including PayPal, Google Apps, and Basecamp.
IFTTT stands for “If This Then That” and sets up systems for you. IFTTT works with 61 apps like Facebook, Instagram, Hootsuite, SalesForce, Evernote and more. For example, you can set up an IFTTT to send all your pictures you take on Instagram to your Evernote account. You may want to set up an IFTTT to email you every time your favourite blogger uploads a new post or recipe. The possibilities are endless.
Insightly is a relationship manager that boasts a lot of project-management features, which could make it a one-stop shop for some small businesses. You can categorize contacts with tags, integrate their social network profiles, and manage leads. You can also create tasks for team members, set up pipelines to track the status of those tasks, and create email reminders to keep everyone on time.
Nimble might be the CRM for you if your business has a prominent social media presence. It gleans data from your contacts’ social profiles, updating itself so that you don’t have to do it. It even analyzes shared interests and integrates with Gmail, Outlook, Hootsuite and many other services. Nimble also learns what relationships you value as you continue to interact with it, making it more likely to highlight future opportunities.
Pocket makes it easy to save videos, articles, and whatever else you find online so that you can peruse them later. When you’re tired of social networking but still want to wind down at night with something interesting, Pocket might be your best friend. Even better, you don’t need an internet connection to view what you’ve saved.
Podio is a subscription service that provides a suite of apps for your business. You can pick apps to use with your team – even create apps using their app building tool. Keep your team organized and all on the same page by hand selecting apps that everyone can use. Anything from calendars to event management, you can customize your team’s work flow.
QuickBooks Online has a lot going for it, including a familiar, easy-to-navigate interface and integration with many other services. If your business is like a lot of others, you already use QuickBooks, or your accountant does. You can send invoices on the go, view balances, approve estimates, and link to many other services including PayPal.
Streak is a great little CRM that integrates with both Gmail or Google Apps. Instead of organizing customers by contact, it lets you keep track of where you are in your business relationship. For instance, perhaps you’re just beginning a pitch, or maybe you’re finalizing a deal. You can view all emails associated with each client directly with Streak, and a newsfeed can keep everyone on your team updated on the status of everything in the app.
Wave is a great app to use when you’re on a tight budget and you really, really don’t want to pay for accounting software. As long as you have fewer than 10 employees, Wave is an easy-to-use platform that can take care of your invoicing, expense tracking, receipt scanning, and more. You can add links to your bank accounts and integrate with PayPal and other services, too. The free version is ad-supported, so keep that in mind. You’ll also have to pay for certain added features such as payroll or premium customer support.