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Work Smarter With These Nine Great Business Apps

All business-owners know the very satisfying feeling of finding an intelligent way to make their business run better. We all look for exciting, new ways to increase our company’s productivity and profitability through saving time, enhancing efficiency or instituting better organisation. In 2017, getting this can be as simple and easy as downloading an application. While many of you have looked into and made use of many business-focused apps before, we wanted to present you with nine of the best that when used to their full potential and in conjunction with one another, can help to make your work smoother than ever.

  1. Skype

The gold standard for VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and easy video calls, Skype is a stress-free application that’s essential for many businesses working in geographically distant areas. Best of all: it’s free! Skype recently released the ‘Skype Meeting’ function, that allows simple multi-user video conferencing, meaning multiple people can drop in and out of the call when needed and share information. This should be on every manager’s laptop.

  1. Slack

One of the fastest growing and most loved ways to organise group conversations, this app is famously used by the team responsible for the Curiosity Mars rover. Slack allows text communication through a number of user-defined channels (e.g. a channel for your engineering team, one for your sales team, one for people working with a particular client, etc.) while also linking in with other media platforms and apps. Less clunky than email and with the ability to search back through your old conversations and files, it’s a convenient app that saves time and money.

  1. Wunderlist

This effective list-making app boasts an attractive, easy to understand interface making it simple to create lists for yourself to complete or to share tasks with others to help with task delegation. Deadlines can be placed on each task and notes and files attached ensuring that everyone knows what’s due, how it’s to be done, and when it needs to be done by.

  1. TripIt

This app is the key to making the most of your travel time. It helps you avoid missing that crucial flight or being late to that conference. Have multiple hotel options? Put them in TripIt. Need to keep some new phone numbers handy? TripIt has a section for that. Need to keep friends, family and colleagues in the loop about your movements? TripIt. This travel organiser app is a great help for super busy, high-frequency travellers.

  1. Rescue Time

Keep track of what you’re doing and how long you’re doing it. This program runs in the background on your computer and mobile, taking note of what applications you use and when. Get an insight into how you spend your day, and block distracting websites if necessary. Rescue Time can also alert you if you’ve spent too long on one activity. It’s perfect for those who want to maximise their efficiency.

  1. Expensify

This innovative app streamlines the expenses reporting and approval process for your employees. It organises your company spending so that the data can be easily fed into accounting programs such as Netsuite or Quickbooks. An excellent choice for those who just can’t keep a hold of their tax receipts.

  1. Evernote

Great for creating detailed notes and calendars. This tool allows you to scan documents with your phone straight into a digital notebook and then share them with your colleagues. It also provides intelligent tools for referencing and storing information about PDFs and images that may not contain editable text. Free and premium versions are available.

  1. Dropbox

With over 200 million users, this is one of the most popular cloud storage programs. Provides easy access to files of all types including documents, photos and videos across a range of desktop and laptop computers and mobile devices. Simple sharing features make it ideal for group projects. The robust cloud storage means you never need to worry about losing your work if something goes wrong with your computer.

  1. Netsuite

One of the world’s fastest growing financial management apps, Netsuite is used for enterprise resource planning (ERP) amongst other things. Integrating with other applications it helps take care of the day to day business needs of people across the office. ERP apps like Netsuite are at the cornerstones of adaptive business.

So there you have it: nine great apps perfect for any business. Of course there are millions other to choose from if these don’t suit you. Got a favourite app your company can’t live without? Let us know in the comments.

  1. Roubler

Roubler is a revolutionary new Saas platform which is changing the way people hire. Roster. Manage. Pay. Roubler is an entirely integrated end-to-end workforce management system. It has been built by the greatest developer minds to streamline every aspect of HR. With roubler you can hire someone with one click

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