Our Top 5… must-have apps for small businesses

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August 24, 2016

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In an era of cluttered phones, delete the apps you don’t use and download the essentials.

These are five of our favourite apps we think are perfect for the day-to-day running of a small business.

 

Productivity

Clear app

Recommended by: Ruth, business analyst

App: Clear

Cost: £3.99 iTunes

“I use it to write shopping lists and jobs I need to do, but for small businesses it’s useful for notes and to-do lists as well.  It’s also handy as you can move between devices, so if you’ve written a list on your iPad then you can view it on your iPhone or Watch. And its design makes it a dream to use because it is, as the name suggests, clear.”

 

Tasks

Docs app

Recommended by: Jamie, test analyst

App: Google Docs

Cost: Free

“For me, one of the best and most useful apps from a personal and a business perspective is probably Docs by Google – it’s like Word but, if you log in with a Google account, you can share your documents across all manner of devices and your documents are stored on Google’s cloud servers so you’ll always be able to retrieve them, no matter where you are. The ability to share your documents is also awesome, as is the fact that you can allow other people to access and edit them, too!”

  

Communication

Slack app

Recommended by: Kerry, marketing assistant

App: Slack

Cost: Free

“I love Slack so much. It’s a really slick way to communicate with the team and avoids the back-and-forth over email by letting us more easily and simply talk to each other without drowning in a sea of threads and notifications. Also, unlike other messaging apps, it lets you save threads and search archived conversations. This is one of my favourite apps and an absolute pleasure to use. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough!”

 

Project Management

Basecamp app

Recommended by: Jake, senior designer

App: Basecamp

Cost: Free *charge per month to integrate teams

“This is a brilliant tool if you’re working on a project with a small team wanting to keep on top of things and quickly discuss tasks – particularly if you’re in the design business. It looks the part being simple and clean, and its best function is the activity list to which you can assign tasks to a team member and add a due date.”

 

Admin

iScanner app

Recommended by: Lisa, sales manager

App: iScanner Pro

Cost: £3.99 iTunes

“This basically does exactly what it says on the tin – you take a picture of your documents to create a PDF version. It’s saved me so much time and effort doing my life admin! There is a free version of this app, but I’d recommend upgrading to the pro version if you scan documents often.”