Getting a small business off the ground can be difficult, especially if only a few workers are trying to manage the responsibilities of many. Thankfully, there are a few tools that can help smooth out the transition process while increasing productivity. Several apps are specifically designed to help run and advance a business, and many have the added bonus of being free of charge. Whether students are taking business classes to hone their skills or new owners are launching startup companies, these programs can help keep organized and active in the running of a business.
Evernote is an extremely popular app for business professionals. Its services include storing documents, videos and images which can be tagged with keywords for easy searching and organization, and syncing data across multiple platforms. Research, planning and even team projects can all be accessed through the app, making it a must-have for aspiring business professionals.
Companies concerned with customer service can receive help from Desk, which aggregates queries from phone calls, emails and social media feeds into one manageable feed. The questions and comments are then available in a single interface for business owners to look over and analyze, allowing for the development of responses and strategies for handling these problems.
OutrightOutright helps small businesses manage their finances. The program imports data from accounts and tracks spending and transactions for all aspects of a company. New accountants will also be able to stay on top of tax issues, offering bookkeeping tips and tax tools to help new owners manage their finances and liability.
Teams of workers or group members can have tasks outlined and prioritized with Asana, which is provided in desktop and mobile versions. Every task is assigned to a person and comes with an activity feed to stay updated on project advancements. Free for up to 30 users, Asana allows people to collaborate on notes and projects in a streamlined manner that makes it easy for each individual to track progress, as members can forward emails or to-do lists from computers to be automatically uploaded in the interface.