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.
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.
Square Point of Sale allows you to accept payments wherever your business takes you. Essentially, you can turn any iPhone, iPad or major Android device into a mobile POS that accepts credit and debit cards (including contactless cards) and mobile payments like Apple Pay. The Square Point of Sale app is free to download and you can use it as either a mobile POS on a smartphone or on a tablet at your counter. With Square Point of Sale, just swipe a payment and see money in your account in two business days or less. Users love that they get paid quickly. Square Readers are just £39, and once you start swiping, payment processing fees are only 1.75% of each transaction for all major credit cards.
Email marketing is a fundamental aspect of small biz management. The ShoutOut mobile app brings you the powerful features of Wix’s email marketing tool, available wherever you go. Design beautiful and content-rich newsletters and distribute them to your contact list straight from your mobile device. Need a hand coming up with excellent ideas for content? Check out these great suggestions for newsletter topics.
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.
The online version of MS Word lets you work in a similar fashion, it has to be said — but it feels just a little bit more ‘fussy’ and in my experience takes a bit longer to load. But it is unquestionably much better — as you might expect — for editing MS Office documents and saving them intact and without formatting problems (as discussed above, although you can save to MS Office format using G Suite, you can often end up with formatting issues).
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.
Tom's Hardware's James Gaskin wrote that "like most Google products, it can claim the cleanest and most minimal interface in the market", and "No other suite except Office 365 can get close to the ease of collaboration Google provides. And even Microsoft's product trails by a wide margin as changes only appear in real-time in Word 2016, not the other apps". Conclusively, he wrote: "The progress made between the first Google App release and now has been considerable. As the world moves to more and more mobile computing, Google has a distinct advantage. But tradition dies hard, and those who build more than basic documents, spreadsheets, and presentations will remain tied to their desktops and laptops for the time being."
Zoho Books manages invoices and quotes, tracks payments and allows you to upload expense receipts right from your phone or tablet. Users appreciate that the program is simple to use and doesn’t require any training. Plus, you can easily track time and bill from your device, and access business invoices. Business owners will benefit from the app’s real-time updates which let their multilocation workers can see the same info all the time, reducing communication errors. The friendly user interface makes it easy to build an estimate and convert to an invoice with one click.
Avoid unnecessary trips to the post office with the Shyp app. The company’s couriers come to your door to pick up what you need to ship, package it, and send it at the lowest price. Although the app is currently only available in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago, customers love the 20-minute pickup service and convenience. Shyp always make the shipping experience that much easier, especially from home offices, users say.
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
Whether it’s Evernote or another note-taking application, you’ll want some cloud-based way of writing quick memos to check back with later. Running a small business is a busy endeavor, and planning-oriented small business apps like these help you make sure never to forget a golden idea or let an important contact’s information slip through your fingers.
Statistics show that the average American spends more than two hours a day (!) on his or her mobile device. While probably only a handful of applications make up the bulk of this total usage, it doesn’t change the fact that each user has to unlock, scroll, and scan their device for the apps they’re looking for. Being “in the way” can be an advantage to your company, as our mind unconsciously does record every image and text (or well-designed app icon!) it comes across — even if it happens unnoticed.
Xero’s accounting app helps with taking care of bills and expenses, paying your employees and managing your purchase orders. Your data is saved in the cloud, so you can access it from your phone, tablet or laptop; that also means that if any of your devices are ever lost or stolen, you won’t lose any of your information. Xero’s accounting app helps busy business owners handle expenses quickly and easily, even letting them see their cash flow in real time. Users call it a life-saving accounting app and love that it’s easy to use. Xero offers its app for small businesses free for the first 30 days.