When you’re running your own business, the line between business hours and personal hours is often blurred.
It isn’t easy to run a business and still balance an active personal life or a family household. As we know there are only 24 hours in a day and when you’re an ambitious business owner you don’t want to waste a single minute.
Thankfully with the help of apps, we don’t always have to be swimming against the tide. Technology and apps are advancing so fast that almost every aspect of our work and business can be augmented with a few quick taps.
So let’s take a look at our 7 must have apps for a SME business owner and sole traders.
We know how hard it is to juggle everything going on in your life. Trying to stay on top of meetings, kids playdates, business events, dinner with the in-laws and birthdays to name a few.
With so much going on it’s easy to lose track of what you have to do and when you have to do it.
Scheduling apps can take the hassle out of trying to remember precise dates and times, allowing you to access a copy of your schedule whenever and wherever you are.
Scheduling, time management, reminders, remote access and ability to share your plans with others. Google Calendar has it all.
It even integrates with Google Maps and Gmail too. So not only can it add appointments arranged via your emails but it can plan the route too.
Google Calendar allows you to add appointments and other activities into your own calendar and even break down each day to specific tasks. And if you need some motivation, it even has goals you can add, which generate friendly reminders to complete them.
You can share your calendar among other employees and access it anywhere if you are on the move. A must have app for any busy business owner.
It would be great to have a personal assistant running around after you. You could bark ideas and have them write them down. Or you could hand them a pile of vaguely organised notes to store in an organised manner. It would be wonderful.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t have this luxury.
The good news is you can have your own digital PA with these smart apps to-do lists.
Wunderlist is a thing of beauty. A super simple interface helps you organise and schedule both your short-term to-dos to your long-term do before you’re 50s.
You can create lists for anything you can possibly think of, whether that’s projects, groceries or gifts for your other half.
To make it more practical for business you can add deadlines and tasks and set reminders and due dates. It also allows you to attach files, comments and notes so you don’t miss a single detail.
Once you have completed the task, simply tick it off and get the warm fuzzy feeling of achievement.
Evernote is a great companion for any business woman or man alike.
It works across numerous devices allowing you to organise your work and declutter your life, on the go or in the office.
You can save, edit, organise and share notes, whether they be hand written, texted or yelled into your phone.
It even scans photos and documents allowing everything to be kept and stored and easily accessible when you need it most.
If you work alone or run a small business, it’s easy to get snowed under by all jobs you have to handle. Sales, customer service, business development, taxes, public relations, the list goes on and on.
Which business apps are best for you depends entirely on your type of business. But any app that can help tackle a certain aspect of your business can free up hours of your time every week.
Where there are profits, there are expenses and that’s why the Expensify app is a must-have for any business owner.
Keeping a record of all your incomings and outgoings yourself is an administrative nightmare. With complex bills, handwritten receipts, different currencies and other forms of payment that you need some way to keep a track of.
So anything that helps smooth this process is going to be a new best friend.
Expensify works by using SmartScan technology to scan your receipts and pulls out all the vital information like date, time and amount then adds it to a report.
It puts this together in a report, taking all the hassle out of doing your expenses.
If your business works on scheduled hours then Time Master should be installed on your phone.
Time Master allows you to track the time you spend on a project or with a client, as well as recording expenses with optional billing provided.
It’s the perfect app for billing your clients for your valuable time.
File Sharing Apps
You no longer need to worry about forgetting your memory pen or awkwardly resending the email with the file definitely attached this time. Or waiting precious minutes on an upload whilst in the middle of a presentation.
Access all your files from Dropbox anywhere, anytime from any of your devices. Everything you add and keep in Dropbox is automatically synced to all your devices so you never have to worry about forgetting to bring your memory pen again.
Use it to store documents, photos and videos, which you can even edit it on the move. You can also share them to others but if you want to keep them private them only you have that option too.
Social Media Apps
Social media is here and it’s a core part of most modern businesses. However, considering businesses often have several separate profiles to manage, it’s often a sizeable extra workload.
The good news is that there are plenty of great social media tools and apps to help you establish or build your presence online as well as keep it consistent.
The best app for social media scheduling is Hootsuite. allows you to link up all your social media platforms together and manage them from one centralised app.
Post content live, schedule content for the future, monitor your interactions and reply to private messages across all your social media profiles from just one service. It is, in my opinion, the greatest social media app out there.