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Business apps are booming, but which should you use?

Due to ongoing advancements made in technology, the business landscape is showing dramatic changes. Some businesses have thrived off the back of the emergence of certain technologies, too. For others, despite using technology to help form a business in the first place, concerns regarding future growth are there. Overall, though, creations such as apps have led to dramatic improvements in the way many businesses operate and how customers shop.

Our smartphones and tablets are more powerful than ever before, capable of hosting sophisticated software and an array of apps that are helping business boom. Some apps provide accounting support, others might enable a business to attract new customers, while some creations help a small business owner become more financially organised. Alongside being able to access sophisticated casino games like Mansion’s Wall Street Fever or update our social media profiles, business owners are using miniature handheld devices to improve operations with a variety of apps they have in the palm of their hands. The sheer scale of apps around these days is mightily impressive, too, although some are better than others.

With more businesses turning to apps than ever before, here is a look at some of the popular choices for many business owners at the moment.

FreshBooks

A widely used tool by many businesses right now, FreshBooks is a cloud accounting software platform that makes sending invoices, setting up billing, tracking any expenses, and a whole lot more become far less of a hassle thanks to its clear and easy to use service. At the time of writing, an account with FreshBooks is $15 a month, representing good value considering the number of useful accounting tools it offers.

Evernote

Particularly popular with creatives, Evernote is a fantastic way of recording any bright ideas or business solutions that spring to mind while you’re out and about. Available on multiple platforms, you can use the app to record any ideas in the form of a voice note, a text, or by taking a photo. All recorded notes are then logged and can be accessed using keywords or tags.

DocuSign

A common tool for businesses working with remote employees or clients, DocuSign is a solid solution for companies aiming to collect signatures from multiple people in different locations. It stops the inconvenience of having to collect signatures in person, and it provides powerful integration with the likes of Salesforce, Microsoft, Google and others.

Quickbooks

An app used by thousands, Quickbooks connects your business bank accounts, provides useful data, and allows owners to gain a clear and detailed understanding of a company’s financial well-being. The app can track expenses, you can share receipts using a smartphone, and even pay
employees. Quickbooks offers a lot.

Quickbooks

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Upward

Upward is a lifesaver for many business owners, and it’s entirely understandable as to why, especially as hiring employees can become a tricky task for busy bosses. In order to help them find the dream match for their business, Upward makes it easy to share job listings, view applications, save and read CVs, communicate directly with potential employees, and a whole lot more.

Asana

A lauded piece of project management software, Asana brings everything together in one place by allowing users to manage both work and personal projects in one intuitive and easy to use interface. Asana eliminates miscommunication, it offers plenty of worthwhile project management tools, and it’s a great option with its freemium offering.

Other popular business apps at the moment are Square, LogMeIn Pro, KoolSpan TrustCall, Campaign Monitor, Slack, Unifyle, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox Business, SurveyMonkey, and ShipStation.

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