The business landscape is becoming more mobile, and sometimes key team members are either traveling, or they are spread out in various states. In order to keep in contact and make sure operations are all running on the same page, there are a number of mobile apps available for everything from team collaboration to accounting. We have put together a list of the best apps to increase efficiency for small business owners.
Evernote is a great app for personal organization. This powerful app lets users capture notes, create timelines, and keep things in order. This app can communicate between personal devices and computers so nothing is ever lost.
Google Docs is a great repository for documents and spreadsheets which can be shared between team members. This ensured everyone has access to the same information, and everyone stays on the same page.
Time Doctor monitors activities on the computer, and gives a detailed report of how much time was spent on each. This gives business owners and employees a great way to see how they can streamline their work and become more productive.
Even in the age of texting and instant messaging, there are times when conference calls are necessary. Speek is a wonderful app which can set up and schedule conference calls between people in offices and on their mobile devices, to ensure business keeps moving forward.
Trello offers both a big picture view and a granular view of project design and development. Trello works across all devices to show assigned tasks, completed jobs, and overall progress. With a comfortable interface resembling cards on a board, Trello is very user-friendly.
Slack offers an entire suite of apps for professionals, ranging from team collaboration to invoicing, and even a social intranet at work. Slack offers apps for almost every industry to keep businesses and independent contractors organized.
FreshBooks is a great mobile app which covers business accounting and expenses. Sometimes, holding onto receipts or remembering to enter expenses after a business trip can become a hassle. Freshbooks allows professionals to enter purchases and revenue on the fly to make more sense of accounting when people are traveling.
There are more apps coming out every month to resolve the equation between business operations and mobile life. We have tried a number of the apps out there, and the above are the ones we continue to use in our own office to increase business productivity.