Square enables users to manage a business from anywhere by accepting credit cards using a free card reader and free point of sale tools. Square takes a 2.75% cut for all major credit cards without merchant accounts or hidden fees. The funds from swiped payments are deposited into your bank account within 1-2 business days. On the iPad version of the Square Register app, the user interface looks like a traditional cash register.
This rise in mobile-phone usage means that smartphone apps have become a key marketing tool for companies of all sizes, including small businesses. Mobile apps increase engagement with customers. They boost repeat visits, and permit a wide variety of online transactions, including the deployment of loyalty cards, push promotions, and ecommerce transactions.  Apps deliver coupons and send announcements that build your sales with customers. Apps also accelerate contact with your company, which enhances relationships with customers in a world where speedy responses are prized by buyers. Smartphone icons even help build brands by providing a visual design that customers recognize.
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.
I’ll leave you with a summary of some pros and cons which might you might assist you in prioritising one of the solutions over the other. Do leave a comment below if you have any thoughts of your own on the two products, and feel free to share this comparison with others. And make sure you contact us if you are thinking of using G Suite or Office 365 in your organisation — we can help arrange a successful setup or migration.
If having a serious quantity of cloud storage available is your overriding concern, then the G Suite 'Business' plan is hard to argue with. So long as you intend to buy 5 or more G Suite accounts, for $12 per user per month, you get unlimited file storage and unlimited email storage — you don’t get this with Microsoft Office 365 unless you go for a $20 per user E3 plan or higher (and as with G Suite, intend to buy 5+ accounts).
Named a leader by Forrester, Hootsuite is a very popular social media management tool for organizations. The mobile app is free for up to three social media accounts, and it allows you to schedule posts to some of the most popular platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. It gets 4.1 stars on Google Play and 4.5 stars on the App Store.
While social media isn't always the biggest concern of a B2B business owner, it should still be monitored closely for any user feedback or concerns that might arise. If you're a bigger B2B company, odds are you have an in-house or agency-based social media marketing team that looks after this kind of stuff, but if you're running a smaller business it can be tough to stay informed about what's going on with your social media accounts while you're on the go. The HootSuite app solves all of these issues. It ties in perfectly with the desktop version of the app, and lets you monitor all of your relevant social media accounts in one place - including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Twitter home feed, mentions, retweets, the Facebook news feed, and LinkedIn updates are all here, and you can even post content directly from your mobile device. This app is really a must-have for the B2B business owner who wants to stay on top of everything that is happening with his or her business on social media. Price: Free
Dropbox keeps all your business files (like documents and images) safe, synced and easy to share. It’s an excellent organisational 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. 

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.
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.
And no, a mobile app may not save your business, but it is a sure way of securing a strong presence in your industry. Instead of being some abstract concept of a brand your customers appreciate, that they imagine has a headquarters in some faraway city – you’ll be right in their pockets. Your logo will be placed on their mobile phone screens by default.
Shopventory is an easy-to-use and advanced inventory management system for small- to medium-size businesses. You can see profit margins, compare multiple locations, and spot sales trends. For example, Shopventory can identify the items that aren’t selling well, so you know what you should discount — and not restock. It can also help you pinpoint when or where theft might be happening. Keep in mind that payments and point-of-sale software is supported but must be secured separately. Currently Shopventory offers payment processing support for Square, PayPal Here, Shopify, Clover, and Vend. Users love that the app helps them stay up to speed, even when they’re not in the office.
If you want more web conferencing features such as larger meetings and recording capability, you can upgrade for as little as £12.00 per month.  This plan provides you with unlimited meetings and webinars for up to 125 participants.  You also have access to cloud storage and 12 high definition video feeds to see and hear various participants.  The company also offers custom pricing for small business owners.
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]
Whether you develop a mobile app or not is something we will address later on in this article, but a mobile-first strategy is mandatory. Let me rephrase the question for you now. I have a website that is responsive on mobile. Do I also need a mobile app? Once we ask that question, we can understand that there are a set number of factors that need to be accounted for to help you develop a mobile strategy that best suits your business objectives.
Managers can use KanbanFlow to assign tasks, upload documents and file attachments, schedule due dates and visualize overall workflow. The Kanban board is divided into columns to give you an overview of your current work situation. You can also divide tasks into subtasks to track progress more easily, and filter tasks to view only the ones that are assigned to you or someone on your team.
When the first part of the app is done, before making it live- test properly. Check all the features and functionalities. Hire beta testers so that they can identify bugs & design flaws. If your users get the impression of an unpolished app, then it won’t take much time for them to delete your app from the mobile. Performance testing, usability testing, functionality testing, installation testing are few major testing items. Compatibility testing is very crucial so that your app can work and displayed correctly on each of the platforms that you targeted.
Avoid unnecessary trips to the post office with the Weengs app. The company’s couriers come to your door to pick up what you need to send out to your customers. Weengs will pick up your items, package them in perfectly tailored boxes that help cut down on the extra dimensions that affect delivery costs, and then use their algorithms to find the best-priced shipping method.
If as a business owner you have decided to build a mobile app for your business, then next you have to figure out the reason behind building the app or in other words type of app. This is where your product managers should step forward. To build a successful mobile application, a robust app strategy is required so that the business can identify the purpose of the application and how it can help their users as well as their business growth.
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 want more web conferencing features such as larger meetings and recording capability, you can upgrade for as little as £12.00 per month.  This plan provides you with unlimited meetings and webinars for up to 125 participants.  You also have access to cloud storage and 12 high definition video feeds to see and hear various participants.  The company also offers custom pricing for small business owners.
Freshdesk is an Editors' Choice tool in our best helpdesk category. With the Freshdesk iOS and Android apps, agents receive notifications for ticket updates, new tickets, and new assignments. Agents can insert attachments, canned responses, and articles from the company's knowledge base. Agents can add notes to tickets, and forward tickets to other team members.
TripIt is an app for iOS and Android that allows you to effectively manage your time for business trips. The app contains feature that allow you to consolidate your trip plans into a master schedule you can access on any device.  All you need to do is forward all emails related to travel to the TripIt app and the features and functions take care of everything else.
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.
If you spend a considerable amount of time in the car, Google Maps remains one of the best ways to navigate with live traffic and automatic re-routing. Waze (iOS and Android) is an excellent, free alternative to your satnav that relies on user data to build maps and routes. On a related note, driversnote offers a great alternative to scribbling your mileage on your hand.
Keeping notes is an important part of every CEO's daily routine. You want to make sure that any thoughts you might have are jotted down quickly so that you can move along with your day and then come back to them when it's appropriate. You could hire an assistant to shadow you while you're on the go to take care of this, or you could carry a pad of paper with you everywhere you go, but if you're the kind of business owner who wants to travel as light as possible Evernote, for iPhone and Android, is a great option as well. The app allows you to write all the notes you need while also letting you clip web articles, capture images of handwritten notes, and keep photos of physical and digital details of your projects. Their software even allows you to search through your photos and notes for individual words (both written and contained within photos) so that you can quickly and easily find everything you're looking for. Price: Free
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.
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