Running a small business means that you have to be a lot of things simultaneously – financial wizard, problem solver, customer service representative, marketing guru, and so many others. It can be stressful to do everything on your own. Fortunately, there are numerous tools that can help boost overall productivity and efficiency, and allow you to stay on top of everything. To help you navigate the glut of business solutions and services available in the market, we provide a popular tools and apps review in the list below.
Webstore allows you to create an appealing storefront for your eBay shop. This app drives traffic from search engines to your eBay items. It creates a new webpage that is linked to your eBay account. This page is a separate domain with a professionally designed storefront. It pulls your listings from eBay and show them to people who are coming in from search engines in a more aesthetically pleasing format. Using this app is a great alternative to purchasing your own domain and arranging a redirect from the site to your eBay store.
Xero’s accounting app has everything you need to manage your bills and expenses, pay your staff, and organize your purchase orders. Xero enables business owners to see their cash flow in real time. It also allows remote access since all your data is saved to the cloud. This not only access that you can access the information you need from your phone or tablet when you are on the go, it also means that even if you lose any of your devices, you will not also lose sensitive information.
Slack is a multi-functional collaboration tool that allows users to organize their messages and files in one place. It can be accessed through mobile devices as well as through the webpage itself. Business owners can use this app to distribute work to their employees and team members. Slack also has chat tool which can be used for faster communication. The Slack directory allows seamless integration with more than 1000 apps, including Dropbox and Google Drive.
When I Work
If you find it difficult to keep track of employee shifts and work schedules, When I Work is the app for you. It allows your employees to view their schedules as well as request shift changes and communicate with other staff members directly through the app. The free version allows you to add up to 75 employees, but you can scale up as your business grows and pay a reasonable monthly fee.
Even when you have an efficient system in place for your operations, you still need a comprehensive system to manage customer relations. Streak is a nifty customer relationship management (CRM) app that allows easy integration with both Gmail and Google Apps. It allows you to keep track of your customers, depending on which stage of a business relationship you are in. For example, if you are just starting a pitch, the app lets you view all the communication related to this stage.