In 2017 a whopping 96% of people aged 16-24 owned a smartphone. These are the next generation business owners – the connected generation. We operate from our palms. We all love a good app for making our life easier. But how can you be sure you’re getting a real gem? We’ve cut through the marketing hype and found 5 awesome apps for small businesses in the UK in 2018.
Slack is all about streamlining your small business communication. In fact, use it properly and you’ll see a massive reduction in the number of emails you and your team have floating about the ether. Instead, the Slack messaging platform pops everything into one space, organises it all into public and private channels, and just makes sense of it all. It intuitively lets you drag and drop a PDF here, or a file there, all within a ‘chat’ framework. Even better, it grows with you as you aren’t limited by user numbers.
Try it for free, £5.25 per month, or £9.75 depending on additional features. Honestly, it’ll make short work of your communication.
Evernote is the replacement for that scrap of paper you’re always looking for, the notebook you keep in your pocket and the pen behind your ear. If you forever want to capture a note, grasp an idea, share it, and develop it, then you need Evernote in your corner. You won’t need a pad and pencil, you won’t need to bookmark sites, just capture what you want in Evernote, organise it, and then share with whoever you want. What’s even better is that Evernote syncs across different devices so you’ve got your virtual notebook wherever you are. You can try it for free for 30 days.
Small business owners don’t have the vast resources at hand that their larger counterparts do. TripIt helps with one key element: your business travel. If you travel frequently for business and don’t want to miss a train, forget to check in for a flight, or simply want to know where you should be when, then TripIt is for you. It amalgamates everything from your flight to car rental and hotel, and even your dining reservations, and gives you a ‘master itinerary’.
If you’re not using Dropbox then how are you doing it? In short, Dropbox makes quick and effective use of the cloud for all of your documents. It means you’ve always got things backed up, and you can access anywhere, at any time, and on any internet-enabled device. You can also share them with others as needed. You can have different people logged in from different places, and sync files between you. It makes remote working possible, and is great for small businesses without the resources of larger ones.
If you want to know something – say about your customers for starters – then SurveyMonkey will enable you to do that. You can gauge interest, get feedback, and make sense of data. With just a few clicks you can create surveys to suit your business and collate the results as they come in.
So get downloading, and use apps to your business advantage.