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4 Key Apps For Small Business Owners

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Need help... managing your time?

RescueTime: RescueTime aims to increase your productivity by analyzing the way you personally use your time. It runs in the background of your computer or smartphone and tracks how much time you spend on particular websites/apps, in meetings and answering emails. RescueTime lets you block access to distracting websites, set daily goals and program alerts to limit the time you spend on certain activities. It provides a daily report of your activities and accomplishments, enabling you to understand your working habits and work more efficiently. 

Available on Mac, PC, Android and Linux.

RescueTime Lite (limited features):

Free

RescueTime Premium:

Monthly: $9 per month (14-day free trial)

Annual: $72 per year (4 months free)

rescuetime.com

Need help… processing payments?

Square: Are your customers tired of having to pay in cash or by check? Would your business benefit from point-of-sale purchases? Square could be just the app you need. It. works in conjunction with a free mag stripe card reader that is shipped to you upon sign-up.. Square also offers chip card and contact less readers from $29, as well as scanners and tills. Hook up the hardware and let the app do the rest of the work. Each time a customer pays by card, 2.75% of the total payment will be deducted by Square and the rest will go directly into your bank account. Invoices can be sent directly to customers by email for free, or you can purchase a receipt printer to provide customers with on-the-spot receipts. Meanwhile, the app manages analytics, sales reports, inventory and tax prep.

Available via the App Store and Google Play.

No initial purchase or monthly subscription fee. (Promotional offers available re. card readers and other hardware)

2.75% charge for each payment taken via Square.

squareup.com

Need help… managing projects, prioritising and delegating tasks?

Wunderlist: Wunderlist is an intuitive app for creating multiple to-do lists (e.g. home, work, personal, groceries). Not only can you set reminders, create deadlines and add notes, you can also share lists and assign tasks, so you and your colleagues can collaborate on projects. You can break down tasks into sub-tasks, for more efficient delegation and project management. Wunderlist also lets you leave comments, enabling you to give feedback, start a conversation or ask questions. You can use the @name feature to interact with someone in particular. You can also share files within the app.

Most of these features are limited within the free version. If you need unlimited use, upgrade to Wunderlist Pro. If you want all your staff using Wunderlist Pro, Wunderlist for Business offers group licensing and unified billing of Wunderlist Pro.

Available on PC, Mac (including iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch), Android, Windows phone, Chromebook and Kindle Fire.

Wunderlist: free

Wunderlist Pro: $4.99 per month

Wunderlist for Business: contact Wunderlist for pricing

wunderlist.com

Need help… balancing the books?

Wave: Wave provides you with low-cost, simplified accounting and invoice services. You can link up all your bank accounts, including checking accounts, savings accounts, credit cards and lines of credit. Enter your business expenses and invoices you've sent, and Wave will provide you with a financial snapshot of your business. This includes upcoming bills and overdue invoices payable to you. You can chart transactions and business expenses, create professional invoices which match your company’s logo and even manage payroll directly from the app. Wave keeps all your accounting in one place and provides you with easy-to-understand charts of your finances in real-time. This effective app will help you save you both time and money.

Available via the Apple Store.

Wave (invoicing and accounting features): free

Wave with payroll features: up to 10 employees - $4 per employee; 11+ employees - $2 per employee; 100+ employees – contact Wave for enterprise pricing.

waveapps.com

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