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The 12 Best Apps for Small Business Owners

November 12, 2021

When it comes to automating and streamlining your day-to-day activities, your smartphone may provide the solution.

We use our mobile devices regularly anyways and never leave the house without them, so we might as well use them to manage tasks on the go from anywhere at any time.

With options to fit any budget, these twelve small business apps will help simplify and automate some of your most common business tasks.

  1. QuickBooks

This accounting/finance app helps streamline tax accounting, payroll, profit analysis, inventory management, creates invoices, tracks miles, manages expenses, and much more.

It’s one of the top-rated small business apps available on the Apple App Store, with plan options ranging from $25-$180 a month depending on your desired added features.

  1. SOS Inventory

This app makes inventory tracking, order management, and manufacturing simpler.

You can manage inventory and track items according to serial numbers or cost history from any location for all your business locations.

Additionally, this app allows you to create packing slips and tickets using their mobile app, which is free but does require a monthly subscription starting at $39.95/month to access the software.

  1. Square

Familiar to many small business owners, Square helps simplify POS (point of sale) and payment systems.

Options vary for the software and hardware from a full POS system to a simple mobile POS and credit card swiper.

Regardless of which option you choose, Square will process credit card transactions seamlessly and only charge 2.6% of the sale, along with an additional $0.10 for every in-person payment processed.

  1. PayPal Here

PayPal Here is a Square alternative that accepts credit card payments, checks, generates invoices, and offers inventory and order management through your smartphone.

It only charges 2.7% of the sale for U.S. customers but does require a PayPal account to be synced rather than a bank account.

  1. TSheets

Used for time and team management, TSheets tracks time on any device, streamlines payroll and invoicing, manages time-off requests, and receives real-time reports.

With plans starting as low as $20/month plus $8 per user, it also syncs with other business apps, including Sage, Xero, and Square to create a seamless user experience.

  1. Teamdeck

This app is an alternative to TSheets tracking team availability, working time, days off, and schedule resources.

Furthermore, it tracks team performance and KPIs through online software and a corresponding app, starting at just $3.99 per team member per month.

  1. Slack

An app designed to simplify work communication, Slack is a work-friendly instant messaging app that eliminates unnecessary meetings and emails.

By allowing instant communication with those around the office, Slack claims to increase productivity by 32%.

There are plan options for any budget, including both free and premium options.

  1. Skype/Microsoft Teams

Skype and Microsoft Teams helps accomplish the same goal of speedy communication with additional features.

Skype allows users to send texts, share files and screens, and include up to 25 participants.

Microsoft Teams includes the same features in its free version, along with more in its premium plans.

  1. Spendgo

Used to enhance customer relationship management, Spendgo allows users to create customer loyalty and marketing strategies regardless of how your customer visits your store.

Whether in-person, online, or on their smartphone, your customers can receive a point-based rewards program, promotions, and texts or emails from your store.

Spendgo offers three different plan levels but requires direct contact for a pricing quote.

  1. Trello

This app assists with project management and organization by offering card-based systems.

These systems allow you to create, assign, monitor, update, and finalize different tasks ensuring your team works as efficiently as possible.

It can be used online or on mobile devices with options for free and paid versions.

  1. Otter

Nobody enjoys taking notes during meetings, but thankfully, you can have Otter transcribe the meeting and take notes for you.

This app uses ASR (automatic speech recognition) to process and transcribe conversations in real-time. It even has the capability to distinguish between speakers within the text.

You can also add or remove information after it has been transcribed and recorded. The app offers free options or paid versions for $12.99/month.

  1. HelloSign

With HelloSign, you can view, sign, edit, and scan legal documents on the go from your mobile device.

It even integrates Gmail, Google Docs, and other small business apps, further expanding its use.

Offering free and paid plans, HelloSign works for any business owner with any budget. For a monthly fee of $15-$60, you will be able to access additional features beyond the three documents provided in the free version.

Regardless of the business stage- new or established- these apps offer free and paid versions that will meet your needs.

By streamlining and automating these daily business processes, you can devote more time and effort to more important aspects of your business, encouraging exponential growth.



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