05 Sep Chronicle Counsel: Small Business Apps
As a small business owner who is often out and about my mobile phone is a quasi-office for me!
I’ve listed below my “Top five “small business” apps”, there may be a couple there, that may just help you with your small business venture.
I’m fortunate (or unfortunate if you’re my poor credit card) to have an Officeworks store approximately six and half minutes away (yep, I’ve timed it!) What I love about the Officeworks app, is that you can create lists of items to order (much like you can on grocery apps) and order directly from there.
So if you bundle, like I have in one my lists “Regular items”, printer ink and paper it’s all ordered and I can collect it from my local store or have it delivered. Easy-peasy!
4. Bear Focus Timer
Since discovering this app, I make sure I use it AT LEAST twice a day. Why? Because it keeps me focused.
I pop the timer on for the set amount of time I want to focus on a specific task (or series of tasks) and get to it. Every time I lift my phone the bear’s face turns grumpy, a good incentive to keep going with what I should be doing and not getting distracted by my phone.
Calls can still come through, if you choose and you can also choose to have background “white noise” from a selection the timer has within the app.
3. Banking apps
Running a small business and keeping on top of finances is a pain, but it’s part and parcel of the whole gig! The ability to check invoices that have been paid through my banking institution’s app is such a lifesaver, plus the added featuring of being able to issue invoices on the spot – great for project work.
Check with your bank to see what features are available.
Oh my lord. Where would I be without Planoly?
Social media planning tools are so popular and for good reason. Any business needs to have a tool like Planoly in their kit. Why? Because it makes life so much easier.
If you’re going away but still want to have a presence on social media, you can schedule posts. Creating a campaign within a set time-frame? This is the perfect tool to organise those posts so they’re appearing in a timely manner.
There are various packages for businesses managing more than one Instagram account – I seriously encourage you to check this out if you haven’t already.
Created in Sydney by Melanie Perkins. In its first year, Canva had more than 750,000 users. If that doesn’t tell you how incredible this tool is… well I don’t know what will!
Basically, if you want to create a social media post, a Facebook banner, business cards – you can pretty much create most things on Canva and it’s taken our social media posts to the next level. It’s a drag and drop style of creation and you can let your imagination go wild on the app.
So there you have it, five apps that can take your small business to the next level!
-Brooke Simmons, Founder, Central Coast Chronicle