Ten great apps for small and home businesses

When you’re working for yourself, it can sometimes feel like you have so many tasks to perform that you don’t have time to focus on growing your business, so we’ve put together a list of the ten hottest apps to make your life easier, whether you’re a start-up, home-based business, entrepreneur, consultant or freelancer.

Receipt Bank

Keeping track of your receipts, bills and invoices can seem like a full-time job. With Receipt Bank, you can simply submit your documents and the app will extract the key information required, which you can then download to your accounting software or a simple spreadsheet.

Moonfruit

A strong online presence is vitally important to any small business, so the quicker your customers notice you, the quicker you can start turning a profit. Moonfruit is a hassle-free way to create visually appealing, responsive websites that can be viewed on any device, making sure your customers see you at your very best.

Slack

Used by some of the world’s biggest companies, this business-focused chat app brings your team together, even if you’re spread across the world. Personalised subject channels make sure everyone has all the information they need at all times. It even integrates seamlessly with your social media presence.

Evernote

This is a great research and ideas sharing app that helps you gather all the information you need for a project, then share and discuss the results with your colleagues. Clip web articles, capture handwritten notes and snap photos to keep the physical and digital details of your projects with you at all times.

Dropbox for Business

This incredibly useful app offers a safe and secure workspace for your whole team. As soon as a document is saved, it’s uploaded to the cloud, shared and synced across your network to all devices so it can be found, read and edited easily. Watch your productivity rocket, wherever you happen to be working.

Square

A point-of-sale system designed for you to have total control over your product from anywhere. Track your sales, manage your inventory, issue customer receipts and even get instant customer feedback. This app is ideal for any small, product-based business.

30/30

This task manager and time management app is a must for anyone who struggles to maximise their productivity. It helps you to use your time productively, but realistically too. By working for 30 minutes and breaking for 30 minutes (or whatever intervals you choose), you can efficiently manage your workload while staying fresh and avoiding burnout.

LinkedIn Pulse

Tailor the news you receive to your own requirements and boost your networking efforts with this helpful and informative app. You can keep up to date with all the latest developments in your industry and join conversations with like-minded professionals worldwide.

Hootsuite

Save time and effort by managing all your social media marketing channels in one place. You’ll ensure your business has a strong, consistent and secure social media presence, while the analytics element means you can constantly monitor how well you’re connecting with your customers.

Vonage Extensions

If you’re a Vonage customer, the Vonage Extensions app means you can take your Vonage phone service with you on your mobile. You can make unlimited calls on your smartphone at no extra cost and receive calls to your main business number.