From February 10, 2006, Google started testing "Gmail for Your Domain" at San Jose City College, hosting Gmail accounts with SJCC domain addresses and admin tools for account management. On August 28, 2006, Google launched Google Apps for Your Domain, a set of apps for organizations. Available for free as a beta service, it included Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, and the Google Page Creator, which was later replaced with Google Sites. Dave Girouard, then Google's vice president and general manager for enterprise, outlined its benefits for business customers: "Organizations can let Google be the experts in delivering high quality email, messaging, and other web-based services while they focus on the needs of their users and their day-to-day business". Google announced an edition for schools, then known as Google Apps for Education, on October 10, 2006.
Another storage and file sharing option, Google Drive, lets you keep all files related to your business in one place that you can access from your laptop, tablet or phone. You can also set sharing permissions to allow people to view, comment or edit documents and you can view files offline. Documents are accessible from any device, and business owners love that they can collaborate safely with clients anywhere.
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.
That also means that this list of the best business apps isn’t exhaustive, so you may be wondering why your go-to app for small business didn’t make the cut. Here, we tried to strike a balance between those classics (like LinkedIn), while also introducing you to some brand-new business apps that, we hope, will make it to your home screen (Todoist, perhaps?).
With the TSheets app, you can track your employees’ hours, see who’s currently working, and manage employees from any mobile device. It also features an easy way to approve paid time off, vacations, and timesheets. TSheets comes with a variety of features to help make business finances easier, like automatic overtime alerts and multilocation management. Approved timesheets easily integrate with QuickBooks to make your business accounting a breeze. For Square sellers, TSheets integrates easily with your Square POS system too, so employees can clock in and out right on your Square Stand by entering their unique four-digit passcode. Small business owners like the simplicity and adaptability of the app, and the fact that it syncs with their online accounts.
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
Another option is HTML path. It supports any kind of smartphone. It is also a cross-platform option which businesses can focus and use some of the few services that can deliver different versions for different platforms. To engage a large number of users, businesses can go for the HTML5 approach. But HTML5 apps are usually slower as compared to other platform apps.
Dropbox is available in a free version. The Dropbox for Business plan offers more features along with a free 30-day trial. Once the trial expires, the cost for the Standard plan is £10.01 per user per month starting with 3 users and 2TB of storage. The Advanced plan is offered for £16.02 per user per month starting with 3 users and unlimited storage.
Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides are respectively a word processor, a spreadsheet and a presentation program. The three programs originate from company acquisitions in 2006, and are today integrated into Google Drive. They all serve as collaborative software that allow users to view and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations together in real-time through a web browser or mobile device. Changes are saved automatically, with a revision history keeping track of changes. There is also the capability to set user permission levels to designate who can view, comment or edit the document as well as permissions to download the specific document. Google Forms, meanwhile, is a tool that allows collecting information from users via a personalized survey or quiz. The information is then collected and automatically connected to a spreadsheet. The spreadsheet is populated with the survey and quiz responses.
As the name implies, onshore app development companies are located in the same country as you. If you are located in the United States, an onshore team will cost the most of the three options. However, onshore teams have the advantage of similar time zones, culture, language, and more. For those feeling very confused or overwhelmed by the app development process, an onshore partner may be the best option. Though they cost more, communication is often easier, helping relieve your stress and confusion.