Smartphones are one of the best things that ever happened to business professionals. While we all may have issues putting our phones down and keeping work at home, our phones and tablets make it easier to keep track of things that used to be cumbersome. We can all stay connected on the go, no matter where we are.
There are also numerous apps that allow business owners to keep up with their business, even when they aren’t at their computer or in their office. These nine are our top picks for apps every small business owner should have installed on their smartphones and tablets.
We’re all used to signing and sending documents the old fashioned way — paper, pen, snail mail. With apps like DocuSign, document turnaround time is now faster than ever AND businesses can stay green via saving paper and postage. This app allows for electronic signatures for both professionals and their customers. It’s also totally free.
Another documentation app, Scanner Pro allows professionals to scan paper documents into shareable, cataloged .PDFs. All that’s requires is a smartphone camera — no hefty, expensive scanner needed!
Do you have to run around like a chicken with your head cut off in order to hand out employee paychecks? The days of that are long over now that you can install Wave to your mobile devices. Wave allows business owners to automatically deposit paychecks right into their employee’s bank account, keeping the cash flowing without all the hassle. This app also allows for employee access to paystubs and W2s.
Speaking of fiscal responsibility, QuickBooks is the best app out there when it comes to business accounting. The mobile app allows for invoicing, email estimates and sales receipts, as well as other important financial features that can cut your accounting time down to a fraction of what it used to be.
It can be hard to keep track of everything you need to do as a business professional. That’s where TSheets comes in. This handy app lets business owners maximize their time via a portable timesheet that allows for scheduling and tracking. This app also works with the above app, QuickBooks.
As your small business grows, your project management system should grow with it. SMB owners can use Trello to begin implementing more complex processes via its more complex abilities. Trello makes it easy to follow through with projects, from the point of creation to project completion. It’s also another app that is easily integrated with other major business apps.
Social media scheduling can be a pain, but Hootsuite makes it easy. Whether you use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn — or even all four! — Hootsuite allows for social media scheduling and management that’s easy to complete and understand.
Communication can be difficult when your business is expanding to house more and more employees. Slack is a productivity app that’s all about IMing and user-friendly interfacing. Comparable to applications like Skype, Slack is mobile and in-browser and allows for multiple channels to be created, so anyone can receive messages and at whatever privacy level you choose.
Finally, business owners need to be able to maintain a positive relationship with their customers. This can be easily accomplished with Hubspot’s CRM features. The app automatically logs emails with contacts, helps with opportunity tracking and other important CRM support features.
These are only nine of the over 5 million apps found on the Google Play and Apple App stores. What business apps do you recommend?