Mobile apps are helping to change the way we run and manage both our businesses and our personal lives. There seems to be an app for everything these days – even speaking to people who ring your doorbell!
Here at TWVA, we recognise that you will increase both efficiency and productivity as a business owner by increasing the number of tasks you automate, by staying organised and by streamlining your processes. There are so many different apps to choose from though so where do you start?
Here we suggest five of our favourites …
Expensify takes the hassle out of keeping track of business expenses.
You can link your credit or debit card to your Expensify account so the app will place charges directly on an expense report – great if working in a corporate environment that has expense policies to follow.
Or, if you are a smaller business, you might prefer to take pictures of your receipts with your phone which then allows Expensify to automatically extract the relevant information. You then make an expense report yourself, which takes only a few minutes.
Expensify also links with numerous digital accounting platforms such as our next recommendation …
QuickBooks’ accounting software helps you run your business and to get an insight into your company’s overall financial health.
You can use QuickBooks to track your business’ sales and expenses; view financial statements (such as profit and loss reports); pay your employees and vendors; track unpaid invoices; maximise your tax deductions and more.
QuickBooks has great integrations – including to your business bank account, credit cards, PayPal and GoCardless (to name a few) — and it seamlessly uploads data from these sources. It also simplifies doing your business taxes as it tracks expenses and lets you upload photos of receipts from your phone (if not already doing so with apps like Expensify).
It’s important to remember that Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT begins on 1 April 2019 and the QuickBooks platform is fully compliant with MTD functionality.
Slack is an instant messaging platform that essentially acts as a chat room for your whole company, designed to replace email as the primary method of communication and sharing.
Its workspaces allow you to organise communications by channels for group discussions and allows for private messages to share information, files and more all in one place. The channels also allow each team or department to have their own distinct thread, making it easy to divide and conquer
There’s no limit to how many users your business can add and it’s simple for new users to jump in without too much setup time.
Slack has a long list of apps that can be integrated with it (such as Google Drive) and features such as this have proven beneficial for both small and large companies.
By forwarding all your travel emails to TripIt, the app consolidates your travel plans into a single, master itinerary which you can access at any time and on any device, regardless of the website you use to buy your ticket. You can even access your itinerary offline, while in flight or to avoid roaming charges when travelling abroad.
At the click of a button, you can automatically share either specific travel plans or your entire itinerary via text or email with whomever you choose such as family and friends.
Additionally, you can store essential information from your travel documents (such as passport or driving licence) and key contacts (think babysitters, doctors) so you have everything you need in one place whilst on the go. On your mobile device, all Traveller Profile information is encrypted and a 4-digit PIN is required to access all documents and contacts.
You can also check departure times and delays, find directions to the airport and view weather reports.
Evernote is the app for keeping your notes organised and it helps people focus on what matters most to them.
You can use the app to store and share personal and business to-do lists, reminders and notes which then auto-sync across all your devices, including desktop, smartphone, and tablet.
In addition, you can keep friends, family, and work colleagues in the loop by inviting them to collaborate on whatever is on your mind.
We hope you’ve found our suggestions helpful but if you would like any further advice on increasing the efficiency and productivity within your business, just give us a call us on 07760 222906 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can book you in for a free 30 minute consultation.