In an August 2011 review, PC World's Tony Bradley wrote that "the value of a rival platform such as Google Apps hinges on how compatible it is with Microsoft Office formatting conventions and file types", praising Google for having "gone to great lengths to improve fidelity with Microsoft Office, but it hasn't gone far enough", criticizing "many features" for being reformatted, including "tables of contents, footnotes, or inserted images". Bradley praised Google's collaborative apps, writing that it was "besting what Microsoft offers in Office 365". Regarding the price, he wrote that "Google's package is the best value. The annual pricing of $50 per user per year makes it about a third less per user per year than Office 365, yet it boasts equivalent functionality sufficient for most small and medium organizations".[95]
Reduce email back-and-forth (and thus improve productivity) with Slack, a real-time messaging, archiving and collaborative tool for teams. It’s especially helpful when everyone’s not in one place. Slack’s business app offers a variety of messaging options, including direct messaging, group chats and private channels that cannot be joined or viewed by others. It also allows you to drag and drop files, so you can seamlessly share information without having to switch to email. Current users love that you can divide by topics, and that it’s easy to utilise on the go.
Features like integrated shopping carts, integrated food ordering and employee scheduling give an employer the ability to house these key functions of their digital footprint inside the app. A restaurant with a food ordering system built into their app will see a dramatic increase in online and in-app purchasing. A retail business with an integrated e-commerce system will increase efficiency and also boost sales figures. All businesses may be able to improve employee engagement with built-in scheduling software that allows employees to be notified of their schedules in real time, and to also always have access to it on their smartphones. No longer can they say, “I forgot I was scheduled today," or "no one told me I was working.”
The Kanban board is conveniently separated into columns which can be customized to fit your workflow processes.  The board allows you to easily see at a glance a comprehensive overview of all current work tasks and projects. Additionally, you can collaborate in real-time, stay updated with the mobile web app, track the time spent on tasks and projects, and access advanced analytics and reporting.

After being invite-only and quietly releasing an iOS app[54] in February 2017, Google formally launched Hangouts Meet in March 2017.[55] 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:


The collaborative functions allow for team collaboration, file attachments and notifications along with the ability to assign tasks and due dates.  Any.do also integrates easily with a wide variety of other apps such as Evernote, Box, WordPress, MailChimp and many others. Additionally, the Assistant function can be configured to automatically review your tasks and make note of the ones it can accomplish for you using smart bots or human beings, provided the Assistant has your prior permission.
After being invite-only and quietly releasing an iOS app[54] in February 2017, Google formally launched Hangouts Meet in March 2017.[55] 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:

With Deputy, you can build an employee schedule in seconds, track your team’s hours and manage your labour costs in real time. The app also allows managers to message employees, employees to chat with coworkers in real time or leave messaging threads to be read and commented on later, where they can request time off or trade shifts. Geolocation ensures employees are where they need to be when they need to be there. It’s also convenient for employees, since it gives them better access to schedules, shift trades, shift covers, time off requests and availability.
Wave software is available for download on the Wave website. The software is 100% free while the invoicing and receipt-tracking apps are available for iOS and Android. The company also provides pay-as-you-go services for credit card processing and payroll.  You only pay for what you use with no long-term contracts or commitments.  Credit card processing fees are 2.9% + £0.24 per transaction. Payroll services are £12.01 per month + £3.20 per employee.
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.[5] 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".[1] Google announced an edition for schools, then known as Google Apps for Education, on October 10, 2006.[6]
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.
You can use PicMonkey, a photo editing app, for things like designing cards, working on website images or quickly cropping photos for social media imagery (Pinterest, Instagram, etc). The tools are intuitive and simple to use, so you don’t need a graphic design background to edit photos. Users say the app’s features make it really simple to edit a picture quickly and make it look professional, and they get amazing results.
But, as you likely already know, there are millions of productivity and business apps—plus lots of software with accompanying apps—out in the digital marketplace. So, to narrow down that seemingly endless store, we made a list of the best business apps that only include the highest user reviews—and really make the biggest difference in workflow, according to our research.
But, as you likely already know, there are millions of productivity and business apps—plus lots of software with accompanying apps—out in the digital marketplace. So, to narrow down that seemingly endless store, we made a list of the best business apps that only include the highest user reviews—and really make the biggest difference in workflow, according to our research.
PC Magazine's Eric Grevstad wrote that "what's online is what you get", adding that "configuring them to [work offline] is a rigmarole". He stated that the package was "an illustration of software's version of the 80/20 rule [...] 80 percent of users will never need more than 20 percent of the features". He stated that "comparing [G Suite] to Office 2016 is like bringing a handgun to a cannon fight [...] Microsoft's PC-based suite is designed to have almost every feature anyone might ever need; Google's online suite is designed to have most features most people use daily."[97]
Social media marketing is by now an inseparable part of small biz management. It can get distracting, though, especially when you’re trying to juggle multiple things at once. That’s just what Buffer is for. This app integrates your social channels into one place and allows you to schedule posts across all of them. You can plan your social posts ahead of time, queue them all nicely and analyze their performance.
You’ve decided to build an app with a professional app development company. The process of selecting an app development company may seem overwhelming for businesses or entrepreneurs, especially for those selecting a company for the first time. Research exists to help you pick the best company for your needs, but where do you start? Clutch recommends considering the following factors when shopping for an app development company:
This Android app is a way to wirelessly print documents, webpages, and articles from your android device. This is a dependable way to print from any compatible printer. The app gives access to all printers available on the local network, and can be easily integrated with other Google services and, allows sharing of photos and images with others. Businesses find this very helpful as they do not have to connect to any desktop or laptop, or even be physically present in the office to have a document printed.
This is the simplest question, but possibly the most difficult to answer. It may be tempting to reach customers at all hours, but exactly how will you benefit? You should know before embarking on this journey, so your expectations are not unrealistic. In the above example of an app with rewards and discounts, the business benefits by enticing customers to shop again and again. On the other hand, if you’re a personal trainer, your goal may be to establish yourself as an expert or to build a community around your brand. Your app may be in place simply as support for your business, so tracking ROI may not be as simple, but you should still be able to define what success means for your app.
In essence there is a small saving to be made at the lower end of the pricing bands by plumping for Microsoft’s ‘‘Business Essentials’ over the G Suite ‘Basic’ plan (although you will need to bear in mind that the Microsoft product requires an annual commitment); but at the ‘enterprise’ level, the Office 365 ‘E1’ plan comes in $8 higher per month than the G Suite 'Business' plan (and again, you’ll have to pay upfront for the year for the Microsoft product too).

LinkedIn Pulse is an organized way to gather all of the news relevant to your industry and interests. It collects important news bites as well as professional content and presents it to you in a quick and easy to use format. You are in complete control of your feed as you pick and choose the sources and influencers that you personally want to follow. They can be other individuals within your field, or just sources who's content you enjoy. The app also allows you to join in on the conversations going on throughout your industry through likes, comments, and shares. You can send this information out into your own network to help inform those who are connected with you. This is a concise way to see what is trending worldwide as well as in your particular market for someone who is constantly on the go. Price: Free
Google Enterprise, the company's business product division, was officially renamed Google for Work on September 2, 2014. Eric Schmidt, then Google's executive chairman said, "we never set out to create a traditional 'enterprise' business—we wanted to create a new way of doing work (...) so the time has come for our name to catch up with our ambition".[23]
It is always tough to decide whether your business needs a Mobile App Development or a Mobile Website Development. Both of these are completely different from each other when it comes to target audience. A mobile website is just a mobile version of your business website, where anyone can browse your business information, on the other hand a mobile app can be helpful to increase your product visibility as well as sales.
Receipt Bank is a useful app for iOS and Android that helps you stay on top of tax responsibilities as well as keep your cash flow and finances under control.  The app saves time by allowing you to scan receipts, extract information from utility bills, receipts, and invoices, in addition to integrating your existing accounting software with just a few clicks.
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.
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.
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There are many calendar apps available for mobile devices, but Google Calendar is by far one of the best available, and it is also entirely free. While desktop users still manage their Google Calendar through their Google Account, mobile users now enjoy a stand-alone app, which makes it even more convenient. You can sync it with a variety of accounts (native to Google or not) and use it even if you’re not primarily running your business through Google’s services.

Introduced in July 2017, "Hire" is a job applications and management tool developed by Google to be used in combination with G Suite. The tool lets employers track job candidates' contact information, as well as résumés, calendar invitations, and allows for business partners to share feedback on candidates. Job applicants can choose what information to share with potential employers. The tool is designed for businesses based in the United States with fewer than 1,000 employees,[75] and integrates with Google services, such as Gmail for sending messages, Google Calendar for tracking schedules, Google Sheets for overview of all candidates, and Google Hangouts for initial conversations.[76] Google introduced Work Insights in September 2018 for administrators to see how departments are using Google products.[77]
No matter whether you are selling flowers or spa services, your customers need a way to reach you. Having a messaging (or help desk) feature within your app can really make a difference in the way you communicate with your customers. Think about it: OpenTable, for example, built its entire business model around this principle. Instead of calling a restaurant for a table, you can book it with less than five clicks on their platform. Now think about it: How many customers would prefer to communicate with you via text than via phone?
Most small business owners can’t afford hiring a personal assistant, but with the Any .do app, you do not need one! Any .do manages your task list, cleverly reminding you of all that needs to be accomplished. The app has a smart system of notifications based on scheduling as well as locations. The easy-to-use interface helps you categorize tasks to streamline their completion, and you can add and edit tasks through written or voice command. It will remember it all so you don’t have to.
I have a G-suite account where I am the only user. But it does allow you to add any other Domains you happen to own. When you do this , you then get to set up MX records for each of those additional domains and Google then serves the mail. At this point you add the extra domains as part of the primary G-suite Domain Organization. I have google routed mail addresses for each one of those dot coms and Google verifies the secure layer. And yes i do Use WP MAIL SMTP plugin on each of those sites also. All of this and 30GB storage on Drive for AU$5 a month. I am about to up the ante and go the next level at $10 per month which gives me additional function but primarily the 1TB – Unlimited storage on Drive.
The Intuit QuickBooks app is an immense help when it comes to your accounting and bookkeeping needs. It includes robust tools to track your expenses and sales. Users appreciate that they can use their mobile devices to do things like send invoices and accept payments via email. You can also share access with your accountant so you’re better prepared for tax time. QuickBooks offers its business app free for 30 days.
A hybrid app can target multiple operating systems, such as both iOS and Android, though it offers less functionality and design. A native app can only operate on the operating system it is specifically designed for, but it can be speedier and more complex. Certain app development companies will specialize in either Android or iOS apps, and understanding what talent you’ll need is critical to finding the right team for your project.
You’ve probably heard of Square, that tech startup changing the world of small business apps—and improving how small businesses process credit card transactions. Use your phone or tablet to swipe a customer’s credit card—all for free, including both the Square app and the card-swiping hardware they’ll send you—and simply pay a flat 2.75% fee each transaction.     

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However, that shouldn’t deter you entirely from using G Suite, because it is possible to open Microsoft Office documents using them, and even save files created with G Suite to Microsoft Office format. The problem with working this way however is that you can’t always preserve the exact formatting of Office files when you edit and save them using a Google app.
Your customers don't shop during business hours only. As a result, it's imperative that your customer service reps are on-call to handle requests at all times. The best helpdesk software includes mobile applications that let your reps answer calls, search for customer-specific information, and resolve tickets, all while away from the desktop. HappyFox in particular provides a crisp, clean, and adaptable mobile interface that makes remote customer service easy as pie.

According to a 2017 Gallup report, 70 percent of employees are not engaged at work. So for businesses with small teams, keeping employees active and on top of their daily tasks is absolutely essential. Meetings and constant email chains can lead to a lot of wasted time, so having an app that’s specifically geared toward managing your team can be a huge benefit.
If you don't already use QuickBooks and you're in the market for an affordable, user-friendly accounting solution, we highly recommend trying it out. The company offers a free 30-day trial, and even users with the entry-level SaaS subscription ($10 per month) get full access to the mobile QuickBooks app. Through the app, you can access customer information, send invoices, save photos of receipts, manage late invoices, send email estimates, track expenses and more. [Interested in small business accounting software? Check out our best picks, which include QuickBooks as our favorite overall.]

You can use PicMonkey, a photo editing app, for things like designing cards, working on website images or quickly cropping photos for social media imagery (Pinterest, Instagram, etc). The tools are intuitive and simple to use, so you don’t need a graphic design background to edit photos. Users say the app’s features make it really simple to edit a picture quickly and make it look professional, and they get amazing results.
Although you can never see as much information on a smartphone screen as you can on a desktop or laptop, Google does a good job of condensing key reports so they are visible on the small screen. The mobile apps allow you to check KPIs, monitor data in real time and build and save reports. You will need a Google account to log in. It gets 4.4 stars on Google Play and 5 stars on the App Store.
Open Office is a well-known open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics and databases. The good news is that like iWorks, it's completely free; the less good news is that there isn't an official 'cloud' version of the software. If you are particularly keen on using Open Office though, some cloud functionality will be available to you using Rollapp, an 'online application virtualization platform', which — in theory at least — allows you to run any application on any device in a web browser.
There’s no positive spin to this situation for Huawei. Trying to sell smartphones without Google’s cooperation in the modern age is a spectrum that goes from bad to disastrous. Windows Phone, Palm OS, MeeGo, Symbian, Bada (later Tizen), and BlackBerry OS are just a few of the mobile OS corpses that Android’s rise has produced. App-less operating systems simply do not stand a chance against the contemporary iOS-Android duopoly.
Time Doctor is a time tracking tool that monitors the billable hours of your employees and contractors. Whenever users are logged in, the app records the time they spend on a task or a project while taking screenshots. This enables you to see how much time is being spent on a particular task so you can make necessary staffing adjustments. In addition, Time Doctor integrates with many other popular apps, including Asana, QuickBooks, Freshbooks and Slack.
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.

Google+ is used to let team members "engage and communicate" at "a deeper level", with a stream featuring posts, comments and Communities based on common goals. It "makes it easy for anyone to discuss and share ideas, no matter their team, level or location". It features Collections that make it easy to group posts by topic, in order for users to "show what they know and follow what matters most".[58]
Many small-business owners still think that getting an app is expensive and difficult. They are worried about the need to build different apps for the various platforms customers are on – iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry. They are unsure about building dynamic or static apps, and the difficulty of coming up with an app design. Moreover, most small-business owners don’t have the expertise to build apps themselves.
If you're on a budget however, and email storage is a big issue for you, you'll find that the Office 365 entry-level plans are considerably more generous when it comes to email storage, especially when you factor in the ‘unlimited archive’ functionality provided by MS Office 365 (which, whilst not quite as straightforward to work with as an inbox with unlimited storage, nonetheless ultimately gives you unlimited storage space for your emails).
Expensify makes employee expense reports less of a drag (and a time drain). You can import expenses directly from a credit card to generate free expense reports. To record an expense, you just take a picture of it with your phone, and the app reads the receipt and creates the expense. Managers can approve reports online and reimburse directly to a checking account. Expensify has over 2.5 million users worldwide. Users call the app a time-saver that helps expenses get reimbursed quickly.
No matter whether you are selling flowers or spa services, your customers need a way to reach you. Having a messaging (or help desk) feature within your app can really make a difference in the way you communicate with your customers. Think about it: OpenTable, for example, built its entire business model around this principle. Instead of calling a restaurant for a table, you can book it with less than five clicks on their platform. Now think about it: How many customers would prefer to communicate with you via text than via phone?
Evernote is a great tool for organizing all those notes you’re jotting down about your business — as well as your to-do lists. Evernote automatically syncs your data across both mobile and desktop devices, for quick, easy access. Evernote’s business app also makes it easy to store additional media, letting you quickly scan or clip web articles and images. Users appreciate that you can access it or work on your mobile devices even when you’re not online.
Use your in-app community to offer contextual and customized content to your users, sharing tips and tricks, and giving them a platform to network with each other – that will further complement their experience in your app, boosting its retention rates. Remember a perfect Mobile Application for your Business can change fortunes. If you are able to manage your app & engage your audience, your app can be a successful bet for your business growth.
This is one of the most important things that a business owner must focus on.  Customers are the lifeblood of every business. Successful businesses know this and make it a priority to build loyalty and make brand ambassadors. Mobile apps are among the best ways to communicate and engage with customers. The app gives your customers the ability to interact with your business on their schedule. Push notifications have open rates that can max out in excess of 90%. Compare that to emails with open rates of 25-30%, and you can see how the mobile app will become the best way for you to connect with your customers. With a referral program, you can incentivize your customers to refer you new business and help to take you viral.

I have created a Google Apps Work account (example.com) and have 5 users … one is my son [email protected] … he has a youtube business and has used a free gmail account for this business for a few years [email protected] … I thought that I could simply add [email protected] as a send from and send to account so that Shane can stay logged into his [email protected] email and view ALL emails coming in from [email protected] and [email protected] …. this seems like it would be a VERY common requirement but I cannot get it to work!! Ironically, I have no problem adding a NON gmail account as a send from and send to account. Does ANYONE know how to set this up using a Google Apps Work account and adding a free gmail account?


In 2016, an estimated 62.9 percent of the worldwide population already owned a mobile phone, and Statista forecasts that the number of mobile phone users in the world is expected to pass the five billion mark by 2019. According to a report by Nielsen, U.S. adults now spend nearly half a day on their smartphone. This data is very crucial to businesses. As supported by data, mobile has become an integral part of our lives and if any business is not considering or utilizing a mobile presence strategy, a swift demise into obscurity is on the horizon. When your customers favor mobile devices over desktops, shouldn’t you prioritize your efforts with the mobile audience in mind?

Need immediate access to documents, images and other media? The Dropbox mobile app is an excellent way to carry the entirety of your cloud storage in your pocket. It has a straightforward and user-friendly interface that makes it highly convenient. And it’s not just a storage app. Your entire team can access the files, add comments and edits and collaborate dynamically.
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