Pause those downloads – here are the mobile apps to focus on
There’s a plethora of digital business tools and mobile apps vying for your attention, promising to address your painpoints, save you time and make you work smarter. So it’s inevitable that you’ll end up feeling overwhelmed by the array of choices. But, here’s some helpful advice from technology writer and researcher Alexandra Samuel, who wrote in a blog for Evernote, “Working smarter means harnessing digital business tools to focus on the goals and relationships that are most important to you, instead of getting overwhelmed or distracted by digital overload. It’s easy to get caught up in the challenge of keeping up—but we have to recognize that with the volume of information coming at us these days, we just can’t keep up. It’s a lot smarter to think about what you actually want to accomplish and organise your work around that. Otherwise, you become a prisoner of the software and services that are supposed to make life easier.”
While selecting mobile apps is an individual process, informed by your business needs, we assist you in narrowing them down by highlighting what’s worked for other small businesses.
If there’s anything that’s a time thief and laborious, it’s expense documentation: collecting receipts and tracking expenditure. As a business on the move, it’s also possible to lose important expense documentation, such as your credit card slips. But, enter Expensify, a mobile app that simplifies expense management, and keeps evolving to solve business administration solutions. As a digital business tool, Expensify allows businesses to:
- Import expenses from a credit card, bank account or from a cash sale and classify them.
- Upload receipts by scanning them with your smart device.
- Create and submit expense reports.
Evernote is designed to work as your brain does, but in the digital realm. Essentially, it’s a tool to organise your thoughts and index your information and if relevant, can be shared with colleagues. Evernote’s usefulness can be summarised as such:
“(The app) really starts to show its brilliance once you start using it as your default bookmark/webclip app, notetaker, recipe box, repository of all your reference material, and so on. It’s great to have ALL the information you need indexed and searchable across every single platform. I love opening it up in a meeting and recording the meeting audio right along with my typed notes on my iPad. If I miss something (entirely possible while pecking things out on a glass screen) I can always return to it after the meeting.”
As your business grows and you need to share information with colleagues and associates, Slack consolidates all communication into one platform. You may have tried collaboration technology like Dropbox. Google Drive, email and Google chat, but this didn’t seem effective: you had too much email, with insignificant items garnering as much attention as important ones, while searching across devices for past conversations proved near impossible. Slack is a mobile app designed for small businesses overwhelmed by email and other communication tidbits.
Technology has transformed business with the introduction of mobile commerce apps, allowing you to accept payments anytime and anywhere. Once a business owner has downloaded the ZipZap app, they are provided with a separate card reader, which accepts credit and debit cards when paired with your smartphone or tablet. An e-receipt is then generated for the customer. ZipZap has the advantage of being the only mobile app to work across all smartphone platforms. ZipZap mobile POS now provides an additional card reader that enables businesses and retailers to connect to a Windows computer via a USB port as well as the standard Bluetooth capabilities. Portable, light and durable, ZipZap has an excellent battery life. Built on state-of-the-art point-to-point encryption and fully Visa and MasterCard certified and compliant, it meets all global payment security standards.