Top 9 Useful Apps for Small Business Owners

By on February 23, 2014

Apps for small business ownersWe are living in the age of smart phones, mobile devices and applications. While most of the popular apps are either games or useful for everyone using a smart phone, there are some very useful apps for small business owners. Given below is a list of nine such apps. Most of these are popular but some are not so. But all of them are mighty useful when it comes to increasing productivity and organizing your work.

Best App for Brainstorming: Evernote

What is it?

Collects notes, takes photos and jots down ideas, all in one place.

Key Features

Syncs across all of your devices, saves your favourite web pages, allows employee collaboration, gathers your research and remembers things you like.

Cost

The basic account is free. The business package costs €10 per user, per month and the premium package costs €40 per user, per month.

Compatibility

iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android, Blackberry and Windows Phones

Best Customer Service App: Zendesk

What is it?

A mobile dashboard that allows your computer service team to solve issues instantly

Key Features

Live ticket support, instant messaging and phone support notifications resulting in faster service and satisfied customers

Cost

Starter packages from $1 per month, per agent, billed annually. High end enterprise package $195 per agent per month. Other packages in between.

Compatibility

iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7 and Kindle Fire.

Best Cash Flow Management App: Square

What is it?

Turns your smartphone or tablet into an instant cash register.

Key Features

Register for a credit card reader, download the app, plugin the credit card reader into your phone and you have an instant point of sale. Take payments, track sales, give customer receipts and only pay when you sell.

Cost

Starter packages from $1 per month per agent, billed annually. High end package $195 per month per agent. Other packages in between

Compatibility

iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android

Best package Tracking App: Delivery Status

What is it?

A package tracking application.

Key Features

Supports over 30 services including Fedex, UPS, DPD, DHL & Royal Mail. Shows the latest package status in transit and counts down to the estimated delivery time

Cost

Retailing on iTune store for $4.99

Compatibility

iOS (iPhone and iPad)

Best App for File Sharing: Dropbox

What is it?

Shares multiple large documents, pictures and videos online and across devices

Key Features

It automatically syncs across all devices. Everything is backed up online. It allows for multiple users and large file sharing.

Cost

The basic package is free and includes 2 GB storage. The pro package costs $.99 per user per year and includes 100 Gb and priority email support. The business package costs $795 for 5 users and includes unlimited storage and all features.

Compatibility

iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android, Blackberry and kindle Fire

Best Email Campaign Management App: Mailchimp

What is it?

It designs and sends your email and newsletters and captures mailing lists.

Key Features

Capture your customer email addresses, segment your lists by location, build reports and integrate with Google analytics

Cost

The entrepreneur package is free for less than 2000 subscribers sending up to 12,000 mails per month. The Growing business package allows for 50,000 subscribers sending unlimited emails a month and costs from $10 a month

Compatibility

iOS (iPhone) and Android

Best Business Trip Organizing App: Tripit

What is it?

It organizes your travel plans into an all in one itinerary.

Key Features

24/7 access, share travel plans with colleagues, creates custom itineraries including maps and directions

Cost

The basic package is free forever and the pro package is $49 a year with a 30 day free trial. There is also a team plan which starts from $29 a month.

Compatibility

iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7

Best Social Media Manager: Hootsuite

What is it?

A single dashboard that allows you to manage schedule and measure all of your social media profiles at once.

Key Features

Instead of logging into several accounts you now log into one. It has customizable reports and in integrates with Google Analytics.

Cost

The basic account is free and the pro account aimed at small businesses starts from €7.16 per month with a 30 day free trial.

Compatibility

iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android

Best Business Card Reading App: Card Munch by Linkedin

What is it?

Snaps an image of a business card and converts it into a contact on your phone

Key Features

Digitally catalogs new business contacts at conferences, networking events and meetings instantly. Cuts down on paper business cards and contacts

Cost

It’s free.

Compatibility

iOS (iPhone)

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