When you have a business you want to work smarter not harder. But, for most business owners, it’s easier said than done.
Well, one solution for making your business more efficient is to utilize the tool that is with you probably 24/7 – your smartphone. You can do almost anything on your phone to run and manage the backend of your business.
Here, we aim to self-serve the “work smarter not harder” saying by providing you with a list of essential business apps to help you run a better small business. Your search for productivity apps for your business stops here.
These apps work cohesively with each other. Other than the Quickbooks app (if you are not already using QB), most of these don’t require you to change any platforms that you are already using. So, it’ll we ready to use once installed and backward compatible with most mainstream productivity software.
Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint – FREE
These apps work almost just as well as the full desktop version. It is optimized for touchscreen devices, with big, user-friendly buttons for you to tap easily. It also integrate’s with Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage system so that all of your documents are synced and backed up across all of your computers and devices.
Google Docs, Sheets, & Slides – FREE
More than likely you have and use a google account for mail, etc. Google also has a suite of productivity apps for documents, spreadsheets, and slide presentations that work very well with Android devices. The platform is also compatible with Microsoft’s office software so you can import/export documents with ease. It also works offline now so you don’t have to worry about losing your docs if your internet service disconnects.
Google Drive – FREE
There are quite a bit of cloud storage options out there. But, to keep things synchronized and because the service is built right into Android’s operating system, Google Drive is our pick. Google Drive lets you store files and your documents online so they’re all backed up and you can access them from anywhere on your devices. All you have to do is sign into your Google account and you can access anything you place in the Google Drive storage.
Microsoft Remote Desktop – FREE
Need to access something on your computer but are out on the road? Microsoft’s Remote Desktop allows you to connect remotely to your office or work PC. It’s a simple way to access your Windows software on the go. So, if you need to use the full versions of Microsoft Word or Excel, you can do so with this app.
OneNote – FREE
OneNote is our top choice over other note-taking apps that are out there. It has one of the most user-friendly interfaces and it automatically syncs to OneDrive. You can use your stylus-equipped features on your device to manually write your notes and/or draw diagrams. On top of that, the app can transcribe your handwritten notes to text so that your notes are searchable!
QuickBooks For Android – FREE with QB’s desktop subscription. Plans start at $12.95
QuickBooks is a solid accounting platform with tools to help you track and manage your business’s finances. Although, the android app does not offer it’s fully functional features as the desktop. It’s more of a companion app with tools to help you track sales, send invoices, income, expenses, etc. when you are out of the office. QuickBooks does require a subscription, but it’s an all-in-one solution for your accounting needs.
AirDroid – FREE
When you are in the office and are in the zone getting things done on your desktop computer, a call or message from a client on your smartphone can easily break your concentration. Install AirDroid on your Android device and on your desktop to get all of your notifications on your big screen that you are already looking at as they come in through your phone.
Skype – FREE
If you need a great video conferencing app to meet with clients and/or employees, Skype is hard to beat. The app is compatible across almost all (if not all) devices. So, with using your device’s front-facing camera you can connect with virtually anyone. Now, if you’re out of the office, you can virtually attend your staff meeting right from your device.