I admit it. I’m an app-aholic. To be fair, I love anything that helps me to be more efficient, and there are several apps that make that happen. I am always looking for new and better ways of streamlining tasks to shave off time I’m spending doing what has to be done, to allow more time for things I'd rather be doing like. Below are 8 of my favorite apps for business. I encourage you to take a look and see if you can find at least one that will assist you with your workload and improve your efficiency.
I’ve mentioned some of these apps before, but they are good enough to bear mentioning again. I use most of these apps daily, and others when the task permits. Ok, I know your appticipation is building so let’s get on with it.
Best Business Apps:
I’m not sure where to start with Evernote. It lets you clip bits and pieces of information from the web and tag them for easy searching. You can also alter any of the information by adding to it, or condensing it. You can embed pictures, tables, audio, video, etc. I personally use Evernote for notes and journaling, to-do lists, recipes, and contact. It’s my favorite place to store tweets or emails that you want to keep handy.
You get all of that for free in the basic version. The business version is $12 per user, per month and includes several added features like collaborating in a single workspace, perfect for teams. It also includes administrator controls and unlimited space for uploads.
My favorite to-do list, Wunderlist is highly effective. Create endless number of task lists and share them with whomever you want. It syncs lists automatically so everyone can see which items have been completed.
Wunderlist offers a higher-powered business app that lets you delegate tasks to team members, break them down into subtasks, add notes, set deadlines, and program reminders. Basic Wunderlist is free, or you can get Wunderlist for Business is $4.99 per user per month.
I use this app probably more than any other app I have. As a writer and content curator, Pocket allows me to save all of the stuff I find interesting but don’t have the time to read it right that instant. Where Evernote can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming, Pocket makes it uber easy to save videos, articles, and whatever else I find online so that I can peruse them later. And I can access it from every device I own.
I spend time first thing in the day and later in the evening perusing Pocket for something interesting, The cool thing is that you don’t need an Internet connection to view what you’ve saved. Pocket is easy to use and it’s free! A winning combo.
I used to use Basecamp for content management. Then I discovered Trello and switched. It was an excellent decision. One of the many things I like about Trello is that it is highly visual, You create ‘boards’ and on these boards you can create several lists, and move cards between them as the status of a particular project changes.
For example: Each of my blog posts has a card, I drag those cards from list to list depending on where they are in the writing process such as writing, editing, rewriting, adding graphics, ready to publish, etc. What makes it even nicer is that you can attach files, create checklists, and assign people to the cards so they get updated when the status of the article changes. Collaborators can chat (more helpful than you think) directly on each card, too.
Trello is free for personal use, but starts at $3.75 a month per user for businesses.
As a freelancer I need to track my time. As a writer and content curator I can get distracted and time gets away from me. As a small business owner, you probably want to keep yourself (and your team) more accountable with time.
With one click, the Toggl timer tracks where every second of your time is going, making it ideal for anyone who needs to log billable hours. You can track as many projects or clients as you want, view colorful graphs, export timesheets, and sync your numbers with several project management apps.
Best of all, all of your employees can use Toggl (free for up to five users), and you can divide them into different groups to stay organized. The pro version allows unlimited users and adds billable rates, subprojects, and other features for $5 per user, per month.
Asana is more text-heavy than Trello, and if you love checklists, you’re gonna love this app. Projects, or “tasks,” are easily reprioritized within its flexible interface. A dashboard shows you progress visually. Chat with team members within those tasks to assign due dates, attach documents or other files. You decide what kind of notifications to receive.
I love that this app integrates with a ton of other services, including Evernote, Google Drive, Box, Slack, MailChimp, WordPress, and ZenDesk.
Another cool thing about Asana is its price. How about the basic version free for up to 15 users? There is a premium version starts around $21 a month for five users.
7- Skype for Business
Skype is a familiar name to just about everyone who has wanted to make a free video call online, but Skype for Business offers meetings with up to 250 people, chat, file transfer, and even integration with Microsoft Office.
It’s priced right too at only $2 per month per user. For less than $6.00 a month features like group HD video calls, meeting recording, and remote control of others’ computer desktops can be yours. If all you need is the Skype-to-Skype video or voice calls, they are still free for up to 25 people.
I'm a Google girl, I love and use a lot of their products. In my business use Google Apps but if you only use Gmail, you can still take advantage of a great CRM called Streak . It lets you build a pipeline allowing you keep track of where you are in your business relationship with your contacts. You can view all emails associated with each client directly within Streak. There's also a newsfeed to keep everyone on your team updated on the status of everything in the app.
Streak’s basic service is free for up to five users. You can get meetier plans ranging from $19 to $119 a month per user.
I consider the apps in the above list to be no-brainers. I’m always on the lookout for new apps that are even better so if you have a fave or know of something cool, let me know in the comments. Have an appy day.