5 Must-Have Small Business Apps to Keep You on Track

In today’s digital world, apps can keep your business moving forward and help you get more done with less frustration. From accounting to employee management, you can run your entire business from your smartphone. There are hundreds of apps for small businesses, but these five are must-haves.

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1. Microsoft Office 365

With Microsoft Office 365, you can create documents in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. You can also use Outlook and OneNote right on your smartphone. The subscription gives you complete access to the entire Microsoft Office suite of products.

All of these apps are included in your Office 365 subscription. There are also free versions of these apps, but your device will have to meet certain requirements for them to work properly.

2. Intuit QuickBooks

The Intuit QuickBooks app can help you manage your business’ accounting and bookkeeping needs. The app includes helpful tools, like a sales and expense tracker. You can also send invoices and accept payments through email right from your phone thanks to the app.

QuickBooks allows you to share access with your accountant to make tax time a breeze.

The app is free for the first 30 days, but to continue using the program, you’ll need to pay for a subscription. The Self-Employed package is $5 per month, and the Plus package is $20 per month.

QuickBooks is available for iOS and Android devices.

3. Square Invoices

Square Invoices allows you to create, send and track invoices from your mobile device. Invoices are free to send, but you’ll have to pay 2.9% + 30 cents for every invoice paid.

The app is free to download and available on Android and iOS devices.

4. Dropbox

The Dropbox app allows you to keep all of your business files in one safe, centralized location. Files are synced and easy to share, so you can access them anytime, anywhere.

Let’s say that you ran a waste management company. With Dropbox, you could keep all of your waste bin insurance documents, contracts and other important documents in one centralized location for easy access.

Hundreds of thousands of businesses use Dropbox, including major corporations like Hyatt Hotels and Intuit.

Basic accounts are free, and they offer up to 2GB of space. Dropbox Plus, which is $9.99 per month, offers 1TB of space. The app is available for Android and iOS devices.

5. Evernote

The Evernote app can help you stay more organized. Take notes about your business, or create to-do lists all from the same app. You can also store additional media and scan images or articles for later use.

The great thing about Evernote is that it syncs your data across desktop and mobile devices. This means that you can access your notes and lists anytime and from any device.

The Evernote app, available on Android and iOS, is free and offers up to 60 MB per month across two devices. There are also paid options that offer more space.

These five apps can help your business stay on track and keep organized. Most are free, but even the paid apps are worth the negligible monthly fee for peace of mind and streamlined operations.