In the mobile era, business owners are expected to always be plugged in and on top of things. Almost one-third of American small business owners use their smartphones to manage their companies, performing tasks like banking, social media and customer relationship management. Using your cellphone for such important tasks may not be ideal compared to your regular office with a nice big computer screen, but when you're on the move what are the best apps out there to help you oversee your business?
QuickBooks is a cloud accounting solution for small businesses used by 1.3 million customers worldwide. It allows you to organize your business all in one place to handle a variety of financial tasks that can be accessed at home or on the go. You can record sales data in a very effective manner, create estimates for clients and send them invoices. QuickBooks is available for iPhones and Android devices with subscription plans ranging from $12.95 to $39.95.
Mint puts all your financial accounts into one secure place. This free app helps you set a budget, automatically track your finances, set goals and just makes your life easier. Mint is used by over 10 million people and is available on iPhones, iPads, Android phones and Android tablets.
Office Time makes managing your companies time and expenses easy. It gives you quick access to spreadsheets, timeshets, projects, expense tracking, invoicing and more. The core program is availabe for both Mac and Windows PCs at $47.00, along with a $7.99 mobile app for both the iPhone and iPad.
Box offers a secure and scalable way to store all of your companies information online to access, manage and share from anywhere. Box has a lot of different pricing packages available following their 14-day free trail, and you can get Box on pretty much any device including the iPhone, iPad, Android devices and Windows Phones. Box is used by over 150,000 businesses across the globe.
Dropbox is a popular cloud storage service to manage and share your company's photos and documents. It syncs your team's work across all your devices and the web making it easy to manage your files on the move. Dropbox offers free accounts with up to 18GB of storage with additional pricing for more space and is available on the iPhone, iPad, Android devices, BlackBerry and Kindle Fire.
Evernote is a note-taking and bookmarking application that works with nearly every computer, phone or mobile device out there allowing you to share almost anything between a number of devices and users. The Evernote Web Clipper lets you save ideas, pictures and webpages to the cloud and is one of our top 7 favorite extensions for Chrome. Evernote is free with additional space available for purchase depending on your needs.
Documents To Go is an all-in-one application that supports Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint, PDF & other files and attachment formats. It maintains 100% of the original file formatting giving you piece of mind regardless of which platform you access the files from. The baseline package starts at $9.99 and is available on Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Skype lets you stay in touch anywhere with free internet calls, instant messaging and video chat. Skype also lets you organize all your contacts and keep up with social media updates in one convenient location. Many of Skype's services are free and they also have "Pay As You Go" and other subscription plans available with discounted prices. You can get Skype on just about any device including Android, iPhone, Nokia Symbian, BlackBerry and more.
Webex lets you schedule, attend and host meetings in HD video around the world. You can engage audiences with high-impact webinars and share files and information for collaboration. Webex (by Cisco) is free to use and available on all standard mobile devices.
Desk is an all-in-one customer support app for small businesses. Desk.com lets you see your customers in one place and engage them across all your support channels and social media (Twitter, Facebook, phone, email, chat and discussion boards). Be there for your customers anywhere and get important alerts in real-time. Desk runs on Android, iPhone or any other smartphone that supports an HTML5 browser and has custom pricing options.
Get Satisfaction is a community platform used by companies of various sizes to manage customer engagement, acquire more customers, improve customer service and drive product innovation. Get Satisfaction Mobile is currently available on the iPhone and iPod Touch, with plans for an Android App. Packages range from free to $99 per month for the service.
Google Wallet is a fast and secure way for your customers to make payments online. You can increase sales with millions of customers already using Google Wallet to shop online. Quickly accept payments on your desktop or mobile phone. You can also store all your credit and debit information on your phone or computer for easy payments. Google Wallet is free and available on the Android.
Square lets you quickly start accepting credit card transactions anywhere and comes with a free card reader that plugs directly into your smartphone making you a mobile ATM. The application is free and can be used on any Android or iPhone. You can choose to deduct 2.75% from every card swipe or just pay $275 for the service each month.
Check out the great graphic below detailing these awesome 13 apps to help run your small business. And let me know about some other apps that we may have left our but are still crucial to your business on the go?