If you run your own small business, then you likely wear many hats.
Most small business owners do the work of two or three employees. That's why you’re likely always interested in finding new tools that can help make your life easier.
This article will help you do so by introducing you to some new apps that will allow you to better manage your time and your business.
Small businesses often don't have the capacity to hire a lot of staff. That's why virtual assistants are becoming more popular with small businesses and freelancers. Operator is a much talked about app that was launched by Uber co-founder Garrett Camp’s incubator.
With Operator, you can get a team of shopping experts to do things like send thank you gifts, find the perfect desk chair, buy a briefcase that won’t break the bank, or do a number of business or personal shopping tasks that would otherwise take up your time.
By getting an app to do this work for you at a relatively low cost, business owners are better even able to leverage their time toward things that will actually help improve or increase your company’s performance.
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PocketSuite is the Swiss Army knife of small business apps. It combines the functionality of a payment processor with a scheduler and it also allows you to keep track of customer contracts. Backed by some of the same people who created Netsuite, the PocketSuite app lets you accept credit card payments, 2.5 percent processing fee, send mobile invoices to clients and set up customer auto-billing.
But far from just being another payments app, PocketSuite also helps you schedule client appointments, set up and sell service packages, and send automated text reminders for appointments, all while integrating with iCal and Google calendar. For those business owners who require customers sign contracts, it allows you to import and send contracts to clients, request e-signatures, and send questionnaires and evaluations.
With a number of other features too numerous to list, PocketSuite promises to help freelance workers, and small businesses integrate and consolidate their work using just one app. In fact, it was voted by Forbes as the "Best App for Solopreneurs" and featured by Apple as one of the "Best New Apps.”
3. Mail by EasilyDo
Business owners spend a significant amount of their time sending email. Mail is a new app by the company EasilyDo that became known first for selling a smart assistant app. Mail is set up to handle Gmail primarily but it also manages all kinds of email accounts. One of the app’s features is that it allows you to undo sending an email. After you send an email, you have three seconds to press the unsend button. How many times have you accidently sent an incorrect or harmful email?
The app has also perfected the unsubscribe process, allowing you to unsubscribe to newsletters with just one touch. One great feature about Mail is that it has a number of smart folders which makes finding or sorting through your emails quite simple. These include folders for travel, bills, reservations, purchases, and even emails with attachments. If you currently have a giant inbox, segmentation might help you shave five to 10 minutes off each and every day.
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The travel folder will even take your relevant travel details and create a card that can easily be viewed with all your travel information on it such as flight numbers and arrival times. This is the perfect app for the busy business traveler.
Another new app that business owners should check out is Microsoft's new SharePoint app. They have completely overhauled the SharePoint platform and made it mobile friendly and compatible with a number of cloud-based tools like Skype and Office 365.
While it hasn’t launched yet, it is already being heralded as a competitor to Dropbox and Slack. For those who are currently using desktop versions of SharePoint, this app will provide great functionality while you're on the go.
For those that are looking for a new team collaboration solution to help their company organize documents, create a website, and manage content, this addition of a comprehensive app to Microsoft SharePoint platform could make it the right solution for your small business. The app is especially useful for those who work remotely or travel a lot for business.
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