Five helpful apps that will make your business run more efficiently
Can you run your business from the palm of your hand? It’s more achievable than you think. Here are five apps that will help you effectively manage your business, saving you time and money.
Constantly thinking of ideas or things to add to your to-do-list when you’re on the go, and worried you’ll forget them? Evernote is an app that offers ‘effortless organisation’ – you can store all your notes, ideas, images and tasks in the one place, and it will automatically sync between your devices as you make changes on any of them. It also features a search function that helps you find past entries easily.
When was the last time you thought about your electricity provider, and whether or not you’re getting the best deal possible? A lot of us are guilty of a ‘set and forget’ mentality when it comes to utility bills. Online electricity retailer Powershop has developed a world-first app that allows customers to see exactly how much power they are using in real time, as well as how much it’s costing. It gives you automatic notifications for cheap specials, enables you to buy power in advance at discounted rates, and forecasts future energy usage – a great help with managing cash flow. Their suite of usage tools, including a detailed heat map, identifies what equipment is using the most power – so you can upgrade to a more efficient model – and when you’re using the most power. Powershop helps you increase your business’s energy efficiency, saving you money.
Do your staff need to be accountable for their time? Although important, timesheets can be a major bugbear for business owners and staff alike. It’s important to select time-tracking software that’s both simple to use and easily accessible. Harvest is one of the most user-friendly online time-tracking tools in the marketplace. So simple in fact, it doesn’t require training. The Harvest smartphone app enables your employees to log their hours and expenses – in real time or retrospectively – and help’s you monitor your team’s work time and manage your invoicing.
If you’re not already using Google Docs you’re behind the eight ball. Though other apps allow you to view documents from your phone, Google Docs goes one step further by enabling you to create and edit documents within the app. Other core features include the ability to share documents with co-workers and have more than one person working in the same document at the same time. As an added bonus everything is automatically saved as you type, so you’ll never have to worry about lost work.
Everyone tackles their inbox different and up to now there hasn’t been a ‘one size-fits-all’ approach. The Mailbox app has been hailed as one of the most effective tools for inbox management in a world that’s on the go. Supporting email services such as Gmail, Yahoo and iCloud, Mailbox makes it easy to mark mail as read and organise messages into lists. Arguably its best feature is that you can ‘snooze’ emails until you’re ready to deal with them – whether it’s in an hour, the next day…or after your holiday!