Time. It’s something we could all do with a little bit more of, especially when you run your own business. One of the biggest skills you gain as a small business owner is the ability to wear many hats at once, one minute your selling your products and services, next your creating your marketing strategy and processing payroll.
Let’s take a look at how you can make life that bit easier with these apps to save you some precious time when you need it most.
Setmore: If your business requires a platform for automated bookings and payments (restaurants, hair and beauty services and other event based businesses for example) then check out this app. The online appointment system allows you to connect with your customers, book appointments, take payment and connect to other vital apps that help keep your business running. As your business grows, so do your plan options with paid options available for larger scale businesses.
Strong time management skills are essential especially when it comes to dealing with customers and clients. Setmore can help you get organised and on track in moments.
Toggl: monitoring time within the workplace can often be a challenge, but fortunately there’s an app for that! The easy to use interface of Toggl is made to make your work life easier helping you track time and money spent on projects. You can also view what tasks are outstanding and what roadblocks need to be addressed. You can start tracking in your browser with all entries synced from your phone, apps, desktop apps and the Toggl Chrome ext.
Zapier: chances are you work with multiple platforms and apps, and wish they could all talk to each right? Enter Zapier. As the speedy name suggests, this app is all about bringing together different platforms and integrating them in the one place.
This is an app that is all about productivity and is popular with businesses working on major or multiple projects.
Dropbox: with more businesses working remotely and online, Dropbox makes sharing documents and images instant and easy. Simple to use, this cloud-based app can be accessed anywhere in the world via both mobile and desktop. There are free and paid plan options available.
Evernote: definitely one for creative businesses, Evernote is a cloud based app that collects images, voice recordings, documents, photos, webpages, Siri commands and a variety of other resources, storing them securely all in the one place. The free version is limited but is a good way to test out it’s functionality and features.
Skype: connecting people across the globe in a click of a mouse, Skype is one of the most popular VOIP apps on the market. Skype allows for users to video and voice chat with each other via mobiles, tablets, computers and smart watches so long as they are connected to the internet. Users can also communicate via messaging and texting and images.
Buffer: think of Buffer as your scheduling assistant when it comes to all things social media. It takes the hassle out of having to remember when to schedule your posts for Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn etc and can be done in the click of a button. The beauty of this app is that you can share one post across multiple platforms, and Buffer will even recommend the best time to post.
Edison: connecting to services such as your email and calendars, once authenticated this app is all about saving you valuable minutes by looking for things it can easily get done. It also acts as a reminder and may prompt you to schedule a birthday message for a Facebook friend in advance.
SignNow: if your business requires the frequent use of signatures you will love SignNow. The app allows for you to sign documents and collect signatures from anywhere without the use of a printer, fax or scanner. It also has the function to capture photo ID’s and an offline mode for when you may have a bad internet connection and the ability to turn a picture into a PDF.
By investing a little time into finding the right apps to suit your business and its unique needs, you could be saving yourself precious time for the long run. At BizCover, we’re big believer in saving time and that’s why we offer a hassle-free business insurance experience. Jump online or give us a call to receive multiple quotes in minutes from some of New Zealand’s leading insurers.