The mobile app ecosystem is one of the largest industries in this world. Every day, app developers and companies like Apple, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are launching thousands of apps in the market.
But not every app has the potential to become a superstar. The best apps are the ones you stick with, add to phone’s home screen and use as a regular component of your every-day business operations.
Today, we are going to share 10 of our favorite apps that are revolutionizing the way we do business, get things done, communicate and learn. We have researched hard to come up with a list of ‘rising stars,’ and if you are looking to build productive team workflows in your organization, you should start using these apps too!
Gusto, formerly known as Zen Payroll, is a great app to streamline your companies finance and accounting processes. It manages online employee onboarding, company’s payroll, tax, and other accounting related domains. Gusto automatically sends reports of new hires to the government, so that all state and federal taxes are deducted. It even sends digital pay slips to employees. All in all, Gusto makes things a lot easier for your in-house accounting team.
There are many other apps available for video conferencing, but no one has been able to knock good old Skype off its throne. With more than 10 million reviews on Google’s Play Store, Skype continues to be the leader for video and voice chats.
You can log on to Skype to connect with anyone in the world and start a group chat of up to 25 people together! It’s the perfect way to bring together remote teams and freelance employees.
All businesses need a useful app for internal communications. Hookt is one of the best communication apps that will raise your company’s productivity levels instantly. Hookt Messenger, developed by AirG, has a very easy-to-use interface and supports cross-platform messaging that lets you message all your team members, no matter which country they are logged in from.
It is suitable for teams that have freelancers or remote team members on board, as it lets you text anyone in the world for free! With countless positive AirG reviews, you can certainly rely on Hookt to enjoy group chats, photos and more.
4- My minutes
While technology may have its perks, it is also one the primary cause for distraction. More than often, we find ourselves scrolling through Facebook newsfeeds and Instagram stories.
This is when a time-management app comes to the rescue. My minutes is one such app that can help you stay organized and focused so that you complete all your tasks according to schedule. Set goals, such as ‘check email for one hour only’ or ‘work out for half an hour’ and watch your productivity levels increase.
5- Paypal Here
Thanks to technology, many businesses are now able to accept payments from customers anywhere and at any time. Paypal is one of the most regularly used online payment methods. The creators behind Paypal have created a mobile payment app, Paypal Here, that lets businesses attach a Paypal card reader to any device or tablet and use it as a portable register. This mobile payment option is ideal for businesses that accept payments on the go, such as food trucks, salons, and small retail outlets.
The secret behind successful business operations is an organized approach. It can be a bit overwhelming to see ten or more tasks on your to-do list daily. But by using a project management app, you can easily stay on top of all your work tasks.
We love Asana because it is web-based and also mobile friendly, so you can view all your tasks and deadlines through any device. Use it to share notes, tasks, important files and photos with your co-workers without having to draft an email for every small thing.
What’s more, Asana is also easily compatible with Google Drive and Dropbox so you can get things done even faster.
Struggling to keep track of your business trip expenses while you’re on the go? Expensify can be linked directly to your credit or debit card, so all the costs are directly noted on your expense reports. It’s a lifesaver because you don’t have to make an expense report manually. You can even take photos of the receipts with your phone and Expensify will update all the information automatically!
You can’t survive in today’s competitive world without having cloud storage for your company. It is the best way to share information with telecommuters and keep all basic files handy, so you can access it from any device whenever you want to. Dropbox is the most reliable and accessible platform to store and share data on cloud storage.
All companies need a trusted app to build and manage their mailing lists. MailChimp does it all (and even more) by allowing you to create customized email templates and send newsletters to all your loyal customers. What’s more, you can even view the analysis of how well your email performed. It’s an excellent way to tweak your marketing strategy for the future and send relevant emails to people according to their likes and dislikes.
10- Polaris Office
The last app on our list is Polaris Office. It is an excellent alternative to Apple’s iWork and can be used to create, edit and sync MS Office files and PDF documents from any device. It’s an all-in-one office suite that every business owner should have on their phones.
The mobile app market is bursting with potential. According to Statistica, in 2017 alone there were more than 197 billion mobile app downloads. People are looking for ways to make business processes easier and more reliable than before. And what could be a better way than to stay in the loop through a mobile device?
Are you using mobile apps to change the way you go about your daily business operations? Share your favorite apps with us in the comments below:
Audrey Throne is a mother of a 3-year old and a professional blogger by choice. Throne is passionate about lifestyle, business, automotive, technology and management and blogs frequently on these topics.
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