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.
ProofHub is an all-in-one project management app for iOS and Android that provides a variety of tools for effective task management and time tracking, access to Gantt charts, discussions, reports, file sharing, calendars, notes, proofing and feedback. Additionally, there are functions that connect all your work across different apps with access to chat and business customization with your own logo and domain name.
TSheets is, you guessed it, also an Intuit solution, but that's not why we included it on this list. TSheets is hands-down one of the best time-tracking software solutions out there for SMBs, and the app makes mobile access a breeze. With this SaaS and app combo, you can officially get rid of paper timesheets and manual time entry. If your business has lots of remote or field workers, you'll love the GPS location tracking, which allows you to view employee location data, and the timeclock function, which uses facial recognition to confirm identity. TSheets also makes it easy to create and disseminate employee schedules and integrate with any other Intuit products you use. The entry-level subscription is $25 a month (plus $5 for each additional user), and the app is included.
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This free app is super simple compared to the others on our list, but it's an invaluable tool for SMB owners, freelancers and contractors. CamScanner makes it easy to scan documents using the camera on your Android device. You can then save those documents as PDFs and email or download them directly from the app. The interface takes a minute to get used to, but for a free scanning app, CamScanner is top-notch.
Dropbox is yet another app that you may already have for personal use, but it could also make your office run a whole lot smoother—in fact, this file-sharing software comes in a just-for-business iteration. Some of the biggest businesses use this app, like Under Armour and National Geographic, but any business that regularly shares files should keep Dropbox Business in their digital toolbox, no matter the size.
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.
Almost anyone that has a smartphone or tablet is continuously looking for ways to improve their professional life through apps. To get things done efficiently every day, you should be equipped with the right digital tools. Apps that show you a financial dashboard or that can pull up your travel itinerary right away can prevent you from having to scramble for data from thousands of e-mail attachments in your inbox. This is why I have curated a list of ten business apps that are highly recommended.