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5 Apps Every Small Business Needs

As somebody that runs a small business, you need every advantage that you can get. Fortunately, the world is brimming with handy little tools that can help you get the job done.

Today we’re going to look at some of the apps that are transforming businesses around the world. Some of them are old. Many of them are new. But they all have one thing in common: they work. So, without further ado, what are they?

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Pocket

While you’re browsing the internet, you often find little tidbits that might help your business grow. Perhaps you found an interesting webpage or infographic. Maybe you even found a useful video.

Storing these in Evernote, however, can seem a little daunting.

But Pocket is different. It’s a simpler platform. But it still allows you to review content at a later time.

This is an app to try once you’ve finished with emails and social media for the day. It’s a good way to unwind and learn something. Plus, it even works when you’re offline.

Smart Trade

Smart Trade is a small business app that lets you get paid quicker than you otherwise would. Most small businesses are endlessly waiting for invoices to be paid. And it can actually affect your morale and your cash flow when you have to chase clients for payment.

Smart Trade lets you accept credit and debit cards and works in the US, UK and EU. It’s rather like a Paypal in a sense, but with more features.

Toggl

Toggl is a way of tracking how the people in your business are spending their time. The app allows you to log the hours that have been devoted to different tasks and projects.

The number of clients and projects you can track is unlimited. You can even view analytics through the app so you can track performance.

The good news is that Toggl is free for up to five people to use. Extra account are an additional $5 per person each month.

Basecamp

Basecamp is a project management tool. The app allows you to share work with colleagues and collaborate. It also allows you to attach files, create checklists and track the progress of a project.

Basecamp is the most popular project management app. That’s because of it’s intuitive and straightforward interface. And because it doesn’t require colleagues to spend a lot of time learning all its functions.

Basecamp is a little more expensive than the apps we’ve seen so far, coming in at $20 a month for the basic package. Prices can rise to $150 a month, depending on how many projects you have on the go.

If you’re looking for something that is a little more in-depth, you might consider Trello.

Slack

Slack is an app that allows team members to communicate with each other more easily. It works by enabling you to filter conversations by topic.

Many businesses want to distinguish between client chat, project chat, and others. And Slack is the way to do it.

No, it’s not the most intuitive of apps. But, of all the chat apps, it does offer an impressive amount of functionality.

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