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.
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.
However, Microsoft’s email storage limits are more generous than the numbers suggest, thanks to a feature called ‘auto-expanding archiving.’ This allows you to archive old emails to an archive which is essentially unlimited in size. It’s slightly more complicated than just having an inbox which is unlimited in size — a reasonable amount of configuration is involved — but it does mean that, as with the G Suite Business plan, you ultimately don’t have to worry about inbox storage limits on any Microsoft Office 365 plans.
Even if you’ve tamed your own to-do lists, many businesses need an in-depth system to help them keep their customers straight. Customer relationship management apps, or CRMs, help you keep track of everything related to your customers — contact information, past and pending purchases, and anything else it’s essential to know about a client. Here are a few solid bets:
Your company is only as good as the software on which it runs. Unfortunately, there are so many tools from which to choose that the selection process can be quite daunting. This is especially true for selecting mobile applications, many of which are inherently tied to desktop software. Unfortunately, you can't ignore this pressing need. Your business doesn't just run on a desktop, in an office, on weekdays, from 9-5. Your business is a 24/7 operation and it needs to be treated as such. Mobile applications allow you to operate with this mentality.
Stream is a video service which allows people in your organization can upload, view, and share videos securely (for example recordings of classes, meetings, presentations, training sessions, or other videos that aid your team's collaboration). Microsoft Stream also makes it easy to share comments on a video, tag timecodes in comments and descriptions to refer to specific points in a video and discuss with colleagues. It also automatically transcribes video content using speech recognition software, making videos more ‘searchable’ using text queries.
Basecamp is the most well-known project-management app of this trio, and it might be the easiest to use of the bunch. The interface is streamlined and intuitive, and it’s easy to invite collaborators, chat within projects, attach files, create checklists, and track your progress. You can also create helpful workflow calendars that keep everyone on track and on the same page.
Mobile apps today are much like websites were 15 years ago, and like 15 years ago when websites were cost-prohibitive to small- and medium-size businesses, mobile apps seem to have that stigma today. That is no longer the case. Do it yourself mobile app platforms now level the playing field, and smaller enterprises can now have all of the features of a Fortune 500 company's mobile strategy at a fraction of the price.
The world’s two leading economies are locking horns in an unprecedented manner, and Huawei finds itself in the middle of that clash. The company’s global reputation will suffer from this incident, no matter how quickly it’s resolved, as both consumer and commercial customers will be wary about buying into a company that might at any point be left without an OS upgrade plan. A resolution to the ongoing trade dispute between the US and China is now more urgent than ever. However, China is unlikely to react positively to the bullying tactics of the US. And that means Huawei’s phone business may be in limbo for a while yet.
Using the apps and extensions for multiple platforms, you can access you tasks from anywhere and at any time using a mobile device, web browser, tablet, or laptop. Additionally, you have access to tools that allow you to visualize your productivity including sub tasks, sub projects, notifications, due dates, recurring dates, reminders, labels and filters, productivity tracking, team collaboration and much 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.
Trello is an easy-to-use project management app that tracks your team’s workflow. Each card you create on a Trello board represents an assignment or task. You can add members, comments, attachments, checklists, due dates, and labels and stickers to make the cards as descriptive as possible. Whenever you change a card, Trello notifies each member via email and on mobile devices.
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.
Great article! I would add that it's important to create long-form, quality content. Sometimes it can be tempting, especially to new content creators, to crank out short pieces stuffed with keywords. Not only is that not useful to the audience, it's not going to get you anywhere in terms of search engine rankings either. The goal should be to create educational content that is useful and engaging; that will help build your brand and, over time, push you up in the search engine rankings as well.
With Square Invoices, you can create and send invoices directly from your mobile device, as well as track the status of invoices. There are many benefits that come with mobile invoicing.Customers can pay securely online with a credit or debit card, and you can record the transaction even if they pay with cash or a check. Invoices are always free to send — pay only 2.9% + 30¢ for each invoice paid online. You can access this free invoice app by selecting Invoices in the the main menu of your Square Point of Sale app. More than $3 billion have been paid to small businesses with Square Invoices.
FreshBooks lets you create personalized, professional-looking invoices to match your business; automatically bill your clients for recurring invoices; and accept credit cards on your mobile device. Other useful features include the ability to track and organize expenses from anywhere and create customizable business reports, such as profit and loss statements. FreshBooks works on PCs, iOS and Android devices.
Thanks for this Sean. Starting my own business now and even though there are tons of software out there I started using some from your list. Wanted to add my two cents here as well. Since I drive for my business I needed to track my mileage and ended up finding Everlance (https://www.everlance.com). This can be really helpful for anyone else looking to keep the mileage expenses organized.
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.
The reason behind companies adopting a mobile strategy is to increase their brand value as well as to use it as a source to maximise revenue. If you have a kickass mobile marketing strategy and enable your users to visit your application more often, you need a call to action option to convert the visit into customers. Customers are spending less time in decision making before purchasing anything. A call to action option can simplify the process and you can add revenue quickly.
Vault gives users "an easy-to-use and cost-effective solution for managing information critical to your business and preserving important data", with Google stating that it can "reduce the costs of litigation, regulatory investigation and compliance actions" by saving and managing Gmail messages and chat logs with the ability to search and manage data based on filters, such as terms, dates, senders, recipients, and labels.