You can grow your small business with some helpful apps. Apps or applications are useful software that you can use on your computer and mobile phone. They can help you in different ways depending on your needs. Here are a few of them that you can consider to help you in planning, managing and growing your small business.
Create beautiful posters, calling cards, invitations, or social media posts using Canva. There are hundreds of templates to choose from which you can customize to suit your needs. Different fonts and designs are available so you can have fun and be as creative as you want. You can also design graphs and charts, logos and flyers, as well as presentations. This is a good application to start with if you don’t have the budget to pay for graphic design software or to hire a graphic designer. This is one of the most popular apps used by many small business owners.
In taking down notes and in planning; Evernote has been a useful tool for students and business people too. With this app, you can categorize your notes into different notebooks and tag them for easy searching. This means that you can keep all your meeting notes with clients or customer orders as well as have a place for jotting down any new business ideas you have. All you need is your email address to register for an account and you can download it on your desktop, mobile phone or it on a browser. The FREE version allows you to use it one device. Use it on the device that you use most often.
If you have Gmail, then you have access to Google Apps. Here you can use Google Docs for documentation; Google Sheets for recording a database and Google Slides for your marketing presentations. You can also use Google Meet to schedule and conduct meetings and Google Calendar to track your schedules. Since everything is stored in the cloud, you don’t have to bring the documents with you. You only need to be online to be able to access all these applications for free.
All businesses need a way to send and receive payments and PayPal is the most popular application for online transactions supported by over 10 million online stores and 200 markets worldwide. It has partnered with major banks and credit card companies. You can link your credit or debit cards to be able to send and receive payments for your orders and deliveries and other transactions. It has 24/7 transaction monitoring and anti-fraud technologies for your safety and protection.
Need a space to work with your team for a project? You can write down tasks and assign them to your team mates, as well as indicate deadlines on Trello. You can use it on your computer or mobile phone’s browser. It works like a kanban board where you can move tasks around to indicate whether they in progress, pending or completed. Or you can move tasks from one department to another if that applies to your business. Tasks can also be broken down into checkboxes or lists and can include links or files. You can also tag team mates in your messages.
Most of these apps are free but they do have options for upgrading to a paid subscription later on if your business needs it. Once you get to know your way around these applications, it will become easier for your to identify the specific things you need for your particular business. This will make it more convenient for you to decide whether to upgrade your app or look for another one that suits your business more. Being accessible online is now the norm so it helps to learn about these apps to digitize your business.