When you run a small business and only have a few people that work for you, then you can feel that you’re being pulled in all sorts of different directions to get the work done. When the business is small, you are not just dealing with the day to day running of things but the other things such as marketing, admin, and payroll. Not to mention accounting and finances, as well as working with your team to ensure they are happy and productive. While it is overwhelming, it can be reassuring to know that this business is all yours and your hard work will pay off. It still doesn’t stop your days from being busy, though.
The good news is that there are plenty of apps out there that will make the day to day running of your business run more smoothly. Obviously, some won’t be suitable. At the end of the day, what will work best for you is the type of business that you have and what you need the apps to help you to do. But as you are short on time, here are some tried and tested apps that could work well for your small business. Download them and give them a try. They could be just the thing that you are after.
The main thing with the app Evernote is that you can take clips and information from the internet and tag them to make searching for them easier. You can add others to these tags, and you can also change them by adding notes or pictures. You can use the app as a way to journal or to note take. So it can work well if you constantly have a lot of thoughts going around your head that you need to remember or like to keep track of things like to-do lists. You can add contacts and store emails and social media messages that you want to share. So it is a really great way to stay productive and to get organized. Not everyone will need this, mind you. But if you do struggle to get organized, an app like this could really help.
If you find that your time management is lacking, then an app like Toggl could be just the thing for you. The Toggle app tracks your time and accounts for what you have done during that time. So if you do freelance work, or hire freelancers, then you can make sure that you or they are only charging for what they actually do. The great thing is that you can track different projects on it too. So you can move from one task to another, but still, be making a note of how long things are taking you. You can get the whole team to use the app too which is one of the bonuses of it. Then you can divide your team or the tasks into different categories and track them. At the end of it all, you can even export the data to a spreadsheet to see what has been done and how long it has taken. So great for checking things like billable hours, for example.
In order to stay on track of your day to day tasks, then an app like Basecamp could work for you. The beauty of it is that you and your team can all be on the ‘same page’ with a central place for communication and a way to streamline the work and monitor how things are going. The Basecamp app makes it easy to upload files, check things off a list, and even chat within the app with your team. So if you have freelancers or anyone that works remotely occasionally it could be really worthwhile.
As well as tracking your day to day tasks, you might need to track and check things like the quality assurance of products you might be developing, or getting feedback from consumers and using CRM databases. So you could look at QA testing from Global App Testing or an app like Nimble, for example. The latter helps you to glean insight from your customers and those people that follow your business on social media, for instance. Both of these could be massive time savers for you as it means that you don’t need to do certain things as it all gets done for you.
Have you used any apps before for your business that you have found make a real difference? Would be interested to hear what you think.