The beauty of running a business in the modern-day world is that there are easy-to-install apps out there that can help your company to become more productive. All it takes is a couple of clicks and you could find that elements of your business that used to take up hours of your time, now only take minutes.
The good news is that you can tick ‘app research’ off your ever-expanding to-do list. We’ve done the hard work for you and found our favourite apps that you can use to boost productivity.
The key to any successful business is communication.
Described as a ‘hub’ for your team, Slack makes communication simple by enabling you to organise communication in ‘channels’, by, for example, team or project.
With this app, you can say goodbye to lengthy email chains that go ‘off-piste’ from the original topic, as you can use ‘threads’ for side conversations. People can also join and leave channels as and when they need to.
Video and voice calls are also available in the app, as is the ability to screen share.
Keeping track of expenses can take a great deal of valuable business time.
With this app, time-consuming expense reports can be a thing of the past. Expensify enables you to automate the expense management process. The app enables you to scan receipts and even reimburses expenses (you can do this manually, if you prefer).
Bookkeeping is an essential but often dull and time-consuming part of running a business.
Neat makes bookkeeping a breeze, by automating the process and reducing manual data entry.
No more lost documents either, as you can use this app to organise your invoices and receipts. It’s also possible to easily see, for example, your business’ sales and spending and get a general overview of your company’s financial situation.
If you think you could do with an app like this outside of work, there are also a wide range of apps out there that enable you to easily manage your personal finances.
Box is essentially a cloud-based sharing platform that enables your team to share their files with each other. It also allows users to easily edit and comment on different files.
Box says that all content is protected with advanced security controls and encryption key management.
This app is particularly useful for remote teams.
If you’ve ever tried to organise a meeting between more than two people at a time (so pretty much all meetings) you will know how much to-ing and fro-ing is often required before a time can be agreed upon that suits all parties.
Doodle is designed to simplify this process. Just input suggested days and times and send the meeting request out to the relevant people. They will then say when they can or can’t make it and once you have all of their availabilities, you can pick the time and organise the meeting.
These are just some of the apps out there to help you boost productivity in your business. With these apps and others, you will find that it’s possible to save both time and money.