Even the tiniest businesses can accept credit cards thanks to Square. Once you download the free app, you can sign up to receive a credit card reader dongle (for free) in the mail. Once the dongle arrives, you can plug it directly into your Android device, and voila, you have a portable POS system at your disposal. While there are similar apps out there, Square is our favorite because it's easy to use and the flat-rate pricing (regardless of card type and whether you run a card as credit or debit) is ideal for small businesses.
One of the first major communication apps, Skype is still our favorite free small business app for hosting video conference calls and chatting in general. You can take Skype on the go with the Android app, which allows you to use the front-facing camera on your phone or tablet and stay connected with your team no matter where you (or they) are. One of Skype's best features is the ability to call non-Skype users, and even international numbers, at a competitive rate through the Skype Credit program.
After being invite-only and quietly releasing an iOS app in February 2017, Google formally launched Hangouts Meet in March 2017. The service was unveiled as a video conferencing app for up to 30 participants, described as an enterprise-friendly version of Hangouts. At launch, it featured a web app, an Android app, and an iOS app. Features for G Suite users include:
Vend is a point-of-sale (POS) app for iPad, PC, and Mac that allows small business owners to grow their business online. The app also provides ecommerce and inventory management functions in addition to customer loyalty features. Vend is also ideal for startup businesses seeking to promote their products using the same technology as large retailers use.
Office Mobile For Office 365 Subscribers can access, view and edit your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint documents while on-the-go. The documents look like the originals since it supports charts, animations, graphics, and shapes. As you make edits and add comments to a document, the formatting and content will remain intact. Cloud sharing works through SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro, or SharePoint.
If you need project management more than contact management, give Asana a try. The project management app was initially used by Facebook employees to track tasks and enable effective team collaboration without sending dozens of back and forth emails. Nowadays, the app offers multiple features, including task assignment and scheduling, task updating, and reminder sending. Asana helps reduce emails related to project management, giving your team more time to work on the actual task at hand.
Dropbox keeps all your business files (like documents and images) safe, synced, and easy to share. It’s an excellent organizational and collaborative tool for teams. It only downloads files when you need to access them, so it won’t eat up all your storage. More than 500 million businesses use Dropbox to store and share files for their business. This includes the more than 150,000 businesses, like Pinterest, Intuit, and Hyatt Hotels, that use their paid service.
Keeping up with the news is nearly impossible if you're a B2B business owner who is constantly on the go. Even when you do have time to check up on your favored publication, you might often find that what you're looking for or interested in is nowhere to be found. This is particularly problematic if breaking news has to do with your business and you miss out on an opportunity to capitalize on it through PR initiatives. The best way to remedy this problem is to download the iOS and Android app Flipboard. Flipboard gathers content from social networks, news publications, and blogs to display stories, articles, blog posts, videos, and other content in a magazine-like format. When you first use Flipboard you subscribe to topics you're interested in so that you can be sure the app is giving you content that is relevant to you. Price: Free
If you’re managing more than a few employees and are starting to think about implementing larger, more complicated processes, Trello is a good option. This card-based system lets you easily create, assign, monitor, update, and complete different tasks—it’s a great way to make sure everyone is as productive and efficient as possible. Plus, Trello integrates with other small business apps like Evernote, Slack, and more.
As a small business owner, you probably wish you could be in two places at once—and one of those places is likely the office. Luckily, there’s an app for that: LogMeIn allows users safe, remote access to their home and work computers (both Mac and PC) when they’re on the go, from either their phones or tablets. With this business app, you can access every desktop capability on your phone or tablet, including editing files and printing.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, in a blow to the Chinese technology company that the U.S. government has sought to blacklist around the world.
A mobile app plays a major role in establishing a smooth connection between a brand and its audience. With a mobile app, your customers can not only get easy access to your products, services, and contact information, it also helps you instantly resolve their queries, on the fly. In addition, it also helps you deliver quality services, thus adding value to your business.
For small businesses or businesses that are just starting out and aiming to deliver superior content and establish a broader market presence without much user interaction, developing a responsive website will be much more economical, quicker and convenient than a full-blown mobile app. Renowned giants like Yelp and Zillow see most of their traffic through their web apps. Before making any decisions, know your business requirements and know your client niche.
On February 22, 2007, Google introduced Google Apps Premier Edition, which differed from the free version by offering more storage (10 GB per user), APIs for business integration, 99.9% uptime for Gmail, and 24/7 phone support. It cost $50 per user account per year. According to Google, early adopters of Google Apps Premier Edition included Procter & Gamble, San Francisco Bay Pediatrics, and Salesforce.com. Additionally, all editions of Google Apps were then able to use Google Documents and Spreadsheets, users could access Gmail on BlackBerry mobile devices, and administrators gained more application control. Further enhancements came, on June 25, 2007, when Google added a number of features to Google Apps, including mail migration from external IMAP servers, shared address books, a visual overhaul of Google Docs and Google Sheets, and increased Gmail attachment size. A ZDNet article noted that Google Apps now offered a tool for switching from the popular Exchange Server and Lotus Notes, positioning Google as an alternative to Microsoft and IBM. On October 3, 2007, a month after acquiring Postini, Google announced that the startup's email security and compliance options had been added to Google Apps Premier Edition. Customers now had the ability to better configure their spam and virus filtering, implement retention policies, restore deleted messages, and give administrators access to all emails.
This all-in-one accounting software platform is a one-stop-shop for everything finance. The beauty of Wave is that it expertly combines all of the great features of Expensify and InDinero, but has a robust free plan that is perfect for freelancers and small businesses that are just getting off the ground. Wave offers sales tracking, invoicing, mobile receipt tracking, employee payment, account reporting, and more. You can even pay for pro bookkeeping services if needed.
Why do I need it? If managing business accounts is the bane of your existence, this handy app can make it much easier. QuickBooks allows you to send and track invoices on the go, view profit and loss reports, capture photos of receipts and more. Your data is automatically synced across all devices, so you can always keep track of your finances and your business's overall performance.