Whether you’re a start-up business owner or work freelance, maximizing your time and efficiency is essential. Thankfully, we live in a time where things don’t have to be done with pen and paper. Technology keeps growing at an outstanding rate, there’s an app for everything! Even the days of tracking assets with excel spreadsheets have evolved. We take a look at five of our favourite apps out there to make your life easier and save you time, energy and money.
Before you say anything, this isn’t your average messaging platform! Slack aims at “making work simpler, more pleasant, and more productive”. How? By simplifying communication amongst you and your team. With Slack, it’s no longer necessary to be at every meeting. Find pertinent information through a comprehensive search tool and streamline work by creating channels for each aspect of your business. Accounting and marketing departments have different projects, different team members. Doesn’t it make sense to keep their message threads separate? Check out their other features and see how it can benefit you and your work.
– Receipt Bank
Tired of keeping your receipts stuffed in a drawer? Us too. That’s why apps like Receipt Bank have become indispensable. Take the fear out of losing receipts or entering data manually. It’s as easy as scanning your receipts and letting the app work its automated magic. And an added bonus – you don’t need an accountant or bookkeeper to sift through the data.
This isn’t just for small and medium-sized businesses either? Accountants and bookkeepers can use this app to help grow their own businesses by getting clients to use Receipt Bank. Chasing clients is a thing of the past when you can collect their financial transactions instantly.
No one wants to remember every single login credential they have for every website or web application they use. And every password seems to have different requirements. Some need a capital letter, or a number, or a special character, or a blend of all those and more! Throw in switching between devices like your phone, tablet, laptop, and desktop, and you have a recipe for a painful headache. Yes, there may be tons of password managers out there, but when picking one to use, you need to ensure security, integration, and ease of use. Tomsguide.com rated LastPass 9/10 and we recommend using it too! Also, here’s something nice — you can try it for free.
Didn’t we say pen and paper were so passé? Well, it’s true thanks to innovating companies like DocuSign. Take your documents online and sign, send, and manage everything electronically. With more than 200 million users in 188 countries, you can’t argue they know what they’re doing.“DocuSign replaces printing, faxing, scanning and overnighting documents with the easiest, fastest, most trusted way to make every approval and decision digital.”
Does your business take point-of-sale purchases? Then you understand the cost of payment systems and how it can be a burden on small biz budgets. Square not only eases the financial burden, they make implementing their system simple. Plug in a portable card reader right into your phone or tablet and away you go. And don’t worry about monthly fees, their magstripe reader costs you nothing and you pay 2.75% for each transaction.
Of course, we have to add ourselves to the mix! Like many of these apps, we pride ourselves on being an all-in-one solution. Asset management is a pain and we make remote tracking easy. Track everything — from documents and keys to cars and laptops, right from the cloud – You can try it for free.
– MailChimp – Send all your email newsletters and create new marketing campaigns with ease.
– G Suite – No introduction needed, it’s Google. Manage all your documents, emails, meetings and video chats in one place.
– Google Analytics – Track and analyse website traffic with Google’s freemium service.
There are a plethora of business tools that can reduce your time and energy on tedious tasks. This is a mere snapshot and we hope it makes a positive dent in your daily business life.