12 Apps Made Specifically for Business Owners Everywhere

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Handling a business can be difficult. Oftentimes, business owners need to take on multiple roles in order to make sure their business remains up and running. Fear not, for the advent of technology has allowed multiple applications to exist that actually assist business owners in their tasks. Arranged by category, here are 12 applications that will help you take control of your business.

Finances

As your business grows, it becomes more and more difficult to keep track of your expenses. Luckily, these three apps can help you become more organized and keep you on top of your books.

  1. InDinero

A robust yet affordable accounting software platform, InDinero automates your business’ day-to-day records. Operated by a team of bookkeepers that serve as an additional arm to the company, this program can provide users with expert financial reports and insights. It could even predict cash flow based on previous data! Payment plans for InDinero start at $295 a month.

  1. Expensify

One of the best expense-tracking apps, Expensify offers solutions for users looking for a basic tool. Its most popular aspect is its ability to retrieve line items from pictures of receipts and create expense reports. Not only is Expensify strong in its simplicity, it also offers consumers five free SmartScans, with exact pricing varying from scan to scan.

  1. Wave

The one-stop-shop for everything finance, Wave offers a lot of features as the all-in-one accounting software. It combines all the features from the previous two apps and offers them with a free plan perfect for freelancers and small businesses. Wave offers invoicing, sales tracking, employee payment, and more. If you want the premium option, Wave offers professional bookkeeping services if you need them.

 

Marketing

All businesses need some form of marketing to get their feet off the ground and into success. Here are applications made for your marketing needs.

  1. Canva

Professionally designed publications can be expensive. Save yourself the time and money of hiring a freelancer and use Canva. This tool uses enticing templates and an intuitive interface to create beautiful visual content for your business, ranging from Instagram posts to amazing brochures. You can even use Canva for photo editing and stock photography shopping. All of this is for free, with premium backdrops and designs available for purchase

 

  1. MailChimp

This easy-to-use email marketing tool is a go-to for small businesses for a reason. It offers simple templates and intuitive drag-and-drop email building that generally anyone can use to create a professional email. It also allows you to automate your email campaigns and track your users, so you can make the most out of your communications. Additionally, MailChimp offers easy integration with many popular e-commerce tools, all for free!

 

Management and Communication

Keep things in control with these apps designed to regulate and keep your processes in check, all while making announcements that reach all of your employees.

  1. Asana

Optimal for communicating and tracking tasks among teams, this app allows you to follow the progress of a project by using "boards." On these boards you can share notes, files, tasks, and deadlines without the need of using email. It also offers multiple helpful integrations with larger programs like Google Drive and Dropbox to make it more robust. All of these features are free, with premium features offered to interested users.

  1. Fuze

Fuze is a video chatting app that enables your team members from across the world to stay in touch with only a press of a button. This business app is similar to Skype, but with more robust, business-oriented features. Some of these features include concrete content sharing capabilities and numerous integrations with multiple business apps. Some consider it more secure than Skype, as well.

  1. Trello

This simple project management app allows a look into the progress of each project currently being done. Using lists, cards, and boards, Trello allows you to have a peek into what tasks have been done, which tasks need to be finished, and who is handling each task. Trello's flexibility is its primary feature, allowing basically any business to utilize and adapt the tool for their specific purposes.

 

Security

Keep files and other important documents secure with these apps, specifically designed to keep curious eyes away from your trade secrets.

  1. DocuSign

Working with individuals who aren’t necessarily in the same area as you are? Don't fuss with mailing contracts back and forth. With DocuSign, you can simply collect signatures and other sensitive information in a quick, easy, and secure way. It even collaborates with other popular business apps and platforms to allow you to access DocuSign from their products. Plans start at $10 per month

  1. LastPass

Passwords are vital when it comes to protection. However, how can you possibly recall every single one of them? With LastPass, you don't need to. This tool keeps all of your passwords in a vault, which only you can access with one main password. This means that you only have to remember one password. It can also generate secure passwords for all of your accounts, making them impossible to hack. LastPass even has a tool that allows you to share passwords with certain people and then revoke access when you see fit, making it perfect for sharing accounts with your employees. This application is free, with premium features for interested users.

 

Time Management

Your business isn’t the only thing that needs to be managed. With these apps, you can make sure every minute you spend counts.

  1. RescueTime

Do you need to track the time you spend doing necessary tasks versus the time you spend scrolling through Facebook? RescueTime might be the app you are looking for. This analytics app allows you to see weekly reports of how you spend time on the internet, mobile device, and more. It also allows you to set goals for how you spend your time so you can get more work done.

  1. Time Doctor

Time Doctor is a handy app that allows you to not only track how many billable hours your employees are working, but also how they use those hours. With concrete and solid reporting tools and screenshot monitoring of worker time, you are sure to increase overall productivity with this app for only $9.99 per user a month