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.
This productivity app makes instant messaging work-friendly. Instead of holding unnecessary meetings or typing twice as many emails up as anyone needs to, you can just shoot a quick slack over to one of your employees—and get an answer just as fast. With a free trial and a premium version with additional features, Slack is well worth trying, especially since they claim to increase productivity by 32%.
Why do I need it? Does your small business accept mobile and credit card payments? This free point-of-sale app allows you to facilitate tap-and-go cards and mobile payments, such as Apple Pay, and simultaneously keep track of sales and inventory. Simply install the Square Point of Sale app on your smartphone or tablet and pair it with a Square contactless and chip reader or a Square chip card reader. You can then accept credit card, debit card and mobile payments easily, with money deposited into your account within one to two business days. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are all valid, but a fee of 1.9% applies to each payment.
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.
Google Drive keeps you and your team's files in one safe and accessible location whether you are in or out of the physical office. The types of files can range from photos, designs, charts, documents, recordings, videos and much more. Google starts you with 15 GB of free storage, and you can connect with different coworkers to allow them access to your various files. Individuals can view, download, and collaborate on any file that you want, making teamwork easier than ever. The most beneficial aspect is that you can access your drive from anywhere whether it is a computer, tablet, or smartphone, making it the perfect fit for managing your business even when you are not in the actual office. Price: Free with In-App Purchase options
If your business is working on a tight budget, the Freshbooks app helps you maintain a cost-effective and lean business. The mobile app enables you to design professional-looking invoices, and it automates client billing for recurring invoices to ensure you get paid on time! In addition, the app allows you to accept credit card payments using your mobile device, as well as track and organize incoming sales.
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.
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?
Essentially, Todoist does exactly what it sounds like it should: It’s a digitized version of your daily, weekly, or monthly to-do list. Sounds simple, but its clean and intuitive interface makes tracking your tasks a lot more pleasant than consulting reams of notebook paper. You can use Todoist for yourself, or you can sign up for their business app.
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.
Once you’ve identified a company you’re interested in, you’ll likely move on to a pre-research or “discovery” stage, as opposed to jumping straight into development. Clutch’s recent survey on app development cost found that nearly 70% of app development companies require this stage. A discovery stage is typically conducted before an app development company commits to building the full app with you. During the discovery stage, you and the app development company might:
Accounting is one of the most challenging (and least exciting) tasks involved with running a business. But small business apps are changing that, and Xero is one of the leaders in that field. Xero allows users to access all of their financial accounts in one place, create expense reports quickly, handle invoice and billing on the go, and so much more, so you can stay on top of your business’ finances.
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.
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.]