As a small business owner life can be very busy and rather stressful trying to juggle clients, marketing, HR issues and running the business itself so anything that can make life easier has to be worth a try.
Fortunately, in this day and age, there are many apps and software programs which have been developed specifically with the small business owner in mind – from accounting software through to HR apps.
All of these apps can help to make life a little easier by automating some of the previously manual techniques and the other good news is that most are very affordable, if not free and can, in turn, free up your business time and costs.
To create this list we turned to our friends from Crunch and they gave us a quick round-up of small business apps that can help cut costs:
Affordable Small Business Apps That Help Cut Costs:
This video conferencing app enables businesses to hold and host online meetings on a range of devices. It is easy to use and provides strong audio and video quality for calls and conferences with clients or remote workers
This is a software platform which helps support small businesses with accounting requirements including paying employees, tracking expenses and receiving customer payments. It also provides accounting reports for business owners and had a receipt scanning capability. It is accessible on Mac and PCs, with an app for mobile devices.
This app is a great resource for HR teams as it allows you to post your job vacancies easily to a multitude of job boards at the same time. It also enables you to sort out responses to your vacancies and create notes to follow up with people.
This instant messaging system allows you to set up different channels for different groups of people as well as private messages to individuals. You can also attach files into the chat platform to share with colleagues including PDFs and images. It allows remote workers to all stay in touch and discusses a document instantly.
This is the perfect app for keeping all of your personal notes well organized in one place – it enables you to keep track of your to-do list and other memos and reminders you might need, all in one place.
Skype provides free video conferencing and telephone call options as well as instant messaging and file sharing opportunities. It can be used to call or connect with anyone globally and you can also share what’s on your computer screen with others on the call making it very useful for collaborating on projects.
7. Google drive
Google Drive allows you to store and share documents and to edit them jointly with other people in real-time so is perfect for remote teams who are collaborating and updating documents regularly. You can create folders which you share with named people or keep private – storage is on the cloud so access to the documents can be gained wherever you are working.
This app works on the web and mobile devices and can help to improve communication for teams collaborating across the business. It also links with Google Drive, Slack, and Dropbox and allows you to see progress on all projects and tasks as well as sharing documents.
Dropbox is a great way to share and store large files which can’t be sent via email – it enables the storage and sharing of large images or documents in the cloud and users can then create joint folders to work in.
There are undoubtedly many more useful apps and software programmes out there which can support small businesses in any multitude of ways but these 10 are among the most popular and can be found in many thousands of businesses across the country.
From making accounting feel simpler to enable easy communication and collaboration with file-sharing, apps and software can go a long way to supporting the efforts of small business owners and making life much easier.
With most of the named apps here offering free versions as well as paid versions, there is no reason not to give them a go to see how much extra free time you could gain by automating some of your business processes.
For remote workers, many of the document sharing apps such as Google Drive and Slack are absolutely vital for keeping in touch with the rest of the team and allow a small business to be run from anywhere at any time.