Small business owners have a lot of work and stress on their shoulders when it comes to operating a business and making sure that everything is in order. If there is constant chaos and issues inside the business, odds are that the business will not last very long. When first starting out, the owner might only have themself or only the help of a friend or a spouse to keep the day-to-day operations of the business in order. But there is help right at your fingertips.
The mobile phone can be used for more than just phone calls or looking up the weekend’s NFL stats. There are now more apps than ever that can help with the day-to-day operations of a small business. Let’s take a look at a couple that small business owners could really benefit from as they grow and scale.
Microsoft 365 allows business owners to take their desktop or PC applications with them wherever they go. This bundle includes Microsoft Office, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft OneNote. Each of these comes with its own uses like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and email. And with Microsoft OneDrive, access to documents and any other materials can now be done from anywhere with an internet connection.
There are other alternatives to Microsoft products, but they are usually limited and do not have the same features as their Microsoft counterparts. And now that it is mobile, it is compatible with Apple IOS products, which makes it even better. And for something that is as universally used and accepted, you can’t go wrong with Microsoft 365.
One slight drawback to Microsoft 365 is the paywall, but it will not break the bank for the amount of good to come out of it. Depending on the size of the company, packages range from $5 to $20 per month, and discounts are given for annual subscriptions.
FreshBooks is a great accounting service that is easy to use and business owners don’t need a degree in accounting to understand it. It has a very easy-to-use interface that can be used on a desktop or through their free apps on both Android and IOS devices. Because it is a cloud-based service, business owners never have to worry about losing important information about their business finances.
This app is packed full of features that will make any business owner extremely happy. These features include invoicing, expense tracking, time tracking, and even allows credit card payments. On top of that, this application integrates well with other useful systems such as MailChimp, WordPress, Gusto, PayPal, and more, giving plenty of options for business owners to use the systems they most feel comfortable with.
This service also comes with a paywall but is very reasonably priced. It is a tiered system with its Lite version being $15 per month, the Plus version at $25 per month, and their Premium version is $50 per month. And even better, FreshBooks will give you a free 30-day trial without putting in a credit card, giving owners free and clear ability to try it and walk away if they want to go in a different direction.
For business owners who work with and are growing their teams of workers, this project management system will allow for better workflow and communication between workers and their teams. Owners can create to-do lists and reminders that update team members about due dates with instructions about the work needing to be done. When working in teams and work progress relies on the production of all in the team, organization is key.
Asana is very compatible with other platforms that make workflow easy to integrate across all team members. Business owners will see organization and workflow improve with the use of Asana, especially if your team is working remotely or you work frequently with freelance workers.
Asana is very user-friendly and offers both desktop and mobile versions to allow for even better workflow as business owners are on the go. And for just starting out, Asana offers a completely free, but limited version to get used to the platform. It is also easy to grow with, as you can step up into paywall tiers that open more functionality as needed for growth.