Starting a business is a large undertaking, but luckily there are thousands of apps out there to help make the process a bit smoother. From project management to note-taking, there’s an app for everything. Here’s what we think are apps that are sure to take your business to the next level.
1. Evernote: This app is extremely useful for everything. Not only is it a note-taking platform, but you can also sync notes, allowing for seamless sharing. The minimal design allows for ease of use and aesthetic appeal. Virtually any device can download the app free, from iPhones to Androids to Macs to Windows desktops. The pricing ranges from free to $69.99 per year, depending on the number of features you desire.
2. Slack: Group chat for work? That’s exactly what Slack is. You can have chat rooms with all your employees, private group spaces for fewer people, and direct messaging for one-on-one communication. No matter where in the world your coworkers may be, you’ll all be on the same page. Best part, it’s entirely free.
3. MailChimp: This email service allows you to build newsletters to send to your clients. The easy-to-use platform make it popular among entrepreneurs. Template layout the foundation of your newsletter, so extra work is minimal. The app is free to send 12,000 emails per month if you have up to 2,000 subscribers.
4. Dropbox: This app is one of the most effective ways to store files on the cloud. This can be extremely useful when you have to share information with telecommuters. As for pricing, there is a basic free plan for individuals and a pro option at $8.25 per month. For teams with more than five employees, you can purchase the business plan, which equates to $12.50 per month.
5. Trello: Project management is an important part of building a successful business, and that’s exactly what Trello is here for. You can track your team’s work, assign tasks, add comments, labels, todo lists, and files. The app is free for IOS and Android devices, but you can purchase the business plan for $9.99 per user per month, which has added features such as Evernote and Slack integration.
6. Buffer: Social media is becoming more and more important for the success of a company. Buffer is an app that helps manage your social media accounts, and allows for scheduling when posts go up as well as optimizing their presence on those sites. Pricing ranges from free for individuals to $399 per month, depending on the number of social media accounts managed.
7. Skype: A staple in many people’s lives, Skype is an instrumental app. The great thing about this app is that you can call overseas without accruing international fees, you can share your screen with whomever you are chatting with, and you can hold large conference calls. You have the free option or the Skype for Business plan, which ranges from $5.00 to $12.50 per month, depending on how many additional services your business needs.