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5 Types of Apps You Need For Your Small Business

Are you looking for ways to improve your small business and make life just a little easier?

If you're looking for ways to enhance how your small business runs, consider employing various apps to help with everyday tasks. Read on for five types of apps you need for your small business.

1. Make Your Own

A custom app is a dream. It can be as ridiculous or standardized as you want - from a customized app for your specific small business to an app that makes people queue or sit in a specific place. The world is your oyster when you can create it yourself. 
You can decide how user-friendly it is, who has access to it, what the interface looks like, and what data is stored - you name it and choose how it will work for you and your small business. However, not everyone works for or owns a tech company, so you might have to consider bringing in experts in mobile app development to help you create your dream personalized app. 

2. Accounting

Everyday tasks like managing your small business's finances can be one of the most challenging aspects of running and owning a small business. Apps can help organize bookkeeping, forms, revenue, budgeting, and profit margins. This is an easy way to streamline all those complex papers and ideas. It's also a much more affordable option than hiring an accountant to figure out your finances.
Some examples of these apps include:

  • QuickBooks Online
  • Xero
  • FreshBooks
  • Wave
  • Expensify

3. Payroll

You can't run a small business without paying those who work for you, so why not make the process easier? Payroll apps help organize and simplify the payroll process, such as dates to be paid, filing taxes, and managing and tracking wages. It's also common for these applications to have a separate portal so that your employees can view and manage their wages so they can see their pay history too. 
This makes your job easier and is more transparent. Employees can quickly flag any issues, and it's all tracked. 
Some great examples of these payroll apps include:

  • Gusto
  • QuickBooks Payroll
  • Patriot Payroll

4. Time Management

There's extensive and complex research relating to time management and how best to run your small business, but there are also a plethora of apps you can use to make this easier and to save time going on time management courses. While managing a team and different projects all at once can be difficult, there are apps that help with things like time tracking and scheduling to make this easier. 
Check out these apps for helping with your small business' time management: 

  • TSheets
  • Gusto
  • Teamdeck
  • HotSchedules

5. Communication 

Communication is really what makes your team the dream team. It's super important to know what everyone's working on and to encourage collaboration among your team. Having an app to do this makes it easier to coordinate with your team, such as messaging or video-calling.
Some of the best apps for enhancing communication among your team are:

  • Slack
  • GoToMeeting
  • Skype

The Bottom Line

Managing the bottom line and profit margins of your small business can be tricky, but there are ways to streamline, increase productivity and increase profits by using apps. Try one (or more) of our app suggestions based on the type of app your small business needs most, and if you don't find any suit you - why not make your own! This way, you're guaranteed to have an app that works for you, your team, and your small business.

About The Author
Russell Emmental

Russell is a finance journalist and ex-banker. He lives in Utah with his family and is a keen aviation enthusiast in his spare time.

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