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– By: Tracy KerstingSubscribe to RSS Feed

Apps for Small Businesses As a small business owner, you have spent countless hours turning your idea into a successful company. Tools like business software help manage such a massive undertaking, but sometimes, these resources become just as tedious as manual work. The reason is due to the fact that hundreds of tools exist in hundreds of different places. Additionally, some tools are extremely hard to use.

With the growth of smartphone usage, however, you can now manage your business with countless, easy-to-use apps (many of them are FREE) right at your fingertips.

Featured below are 6 resources that help improve efficiencies.


1. Field Manage by Locqus  – Help Mobile Workers Stay Productive

Field Manage by Locqus(Free on Apple or Android Devices and Desktop)

This tool keeps you organized while you’re in the field:

  • Notify customers of an ETA when en route
  • Create queues and invoices
  • Take credit/debit card payments
  • Schedule jobs
  • Handle payroll and mobile time clock
  • Utilize geo-location
  • Store pictures and signatures


2. DropBox -Share Large Files in Seconds

dropbox(Free on Apple, Android, Blackberry or Kindle Devices and Desktop)

Access any file anytime, anywhere! DropBox brings all of your photos, documents and videos together for easy sharing. With DropBox you will never have to worry about leaving an important file in the office or at home.


Evernote3. Evernote – Move Projects Forward

(Free)

Access Evernote on a variety of platforms, syncing short notes and lists across devices. Clip web articles, capture handwritten notes and snap pictures to keep project details with you at all times. Plus, presenting has never been easier. With just one click your notes transform into a presentation.


4. Square Register – Process Payments Quickly and Affordably

Square(Free on Apple or Android Device but Requires a Free Card Reader)

Process Visa, Discover, MasterCard and American Express Payments on the go for just 2.75% per swipe. Funds appear in your bank account within 1-2 business days. Share customer receipts via e-mail, text message or traditional print. Best of all, there are no monthly fees, commitments, minimums or surprises!


5. DocuSign Mobile -Sign and Send Documents with Ease

Docusign(Free)

Electronically sign documents and collect signatures securely from your mobile device. Sign and return documents, or send documents for others to sign.


6. Expensify – Manage Receipts with the Touch of a Button

ExpensifyExpensify saves you and your employees time by capturing receipts, tracking time or mileage, reporting business travel and creating expense reports quickly and easily. Eliminate manual entries with SmartScan technology: reads receipts and creates expense entries automatically. Lost receipts are no longer an issue. You can import credit card statements to create IRS guaranteed eReceipts for purchases under $75.

Apps like the ones above help you focus on what really matters:  running your business.


 


Meet the Author

Tracy KerstingTracy Kersting: I have experience working in a marketing capacity within a wide range of industries including advertising agencies, medical facilities and incentive companies. For the past 5 years, I have been a part of the marketing and business development teams at Vivial. In this time I’ve seen the industry embrace a holistic approach with print and digital solutions in order to drive leads to local businesses. My role with our Telco partners gives me the ability to see how our products and services not only improve our advertisers’ businesses, but also how we complement our Telco’s portfolio.