Small business owners typically run several areas of their business. They are the CEO, the account manager, the graphic designer, and the whole marketing team all in one mind. While small business owners may seem like they have superpowers when it comes to productivity, sometimes they just can’t do it all on their own. Here are some of the best apps for small businesses to help you run your business more efficiently.
Apps for Messaging
Connecting with your team can be a struggle. Sometimes that on-going group text just isn’t the most effective for finding information quickly and communicating effectively. Slack, Microsoft Teams and Mattermost serve to help you collaborate better with your team.
Slack features a space to share documents, links general comments and more. This app is great for creating channels. You can address your whole team, or create small groups.
Microsoft Teams has many features including, shared calendars, live video meets, document sharing and lets you transfer information seamlessly across the entire Microsoft cloud.
Mattermost is an open-source program very similar to slack. You can message your whole team, share documents and create small groups with this app for free!
Apps for Accepting Payment
Make sure you are managing your payment with the best tools possible for payment histories, order confirmations and payment tracking. Square, Venmo and PayPal are here to help you manage your customer’s purchases.
Square is great for accepting several methods of payment can connect directly to mobile devices like your phone or IPad. This app also offers end-to-end encryption and no chargeback fees.
Venmo is a good choice for low-volume merchants. You can “friend” your customers and send them messages from this app. This app is great for creating more personal interactions, but there are fees for direct transfers to your financial accounts.
PayPal is a great app for global purchasing. This app will convert currency from a variety of countries and it is free for your customers to sign up for an account. PayPal offers a more secure way to handle your purchases.
Apps for Marketing and Promotion
You don’t have to be a Photoshop pro to create great marketing material. There are several open-source options that offer templates to help you look like an experienced graphic designer. Canva and Gravit are great tools for designing your own content for free.
Canva has templates that will generate great content and let you import your business’s colors and logo. You can create moving graphics and still content with this app.
Gravit is like having free photoshop. Gravit has templates, but also lets you create your own content from scratch with no restrictions.
Small business owners may be running most of the show on their own, but it doesn’t have to be so difficult. Use these apps to take some stress off your shoulders and be more productive.
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