5 business apps you didn’t know you needed
By Sophie Swift
Most of us know now that in business, life is fast-paced and can often leave you spinning more than one plate at a time.
These days, that loosely translates to us having become increasingly more reliant on technology than ever before – especially apps. But how can you tell which apps are really going to save you time, money and the production of grey hairs? How do you sort the wheat from the chaff?
How many times do we have to tell you? That’s what we’re for! Here’s 5 business apps we certainly know we couldn’t live without:
Canva is a versatile graphic design tool that can be used either as an application on your phone or through the browser on your computer or laptop. It has the ability to let you create brochures, flyers, posters, social media graphics, invitations, calendars, videos, presentations, cards, logos, labels, letterheads, resumes, menus and (believe it or not) a heck of a lot more. Access to the Canva app and website is free, but to receive all the company has to offer requires a subscription service. In our opinion, it’s worth it.
GOOGLE MY BUSINESS
This free app from Google allows you to create a business profile and keep it up to date with ease. Let’s use an example of how you can really get the most out of this app. Say you’re setting up a café selling speciality coffee: Google My Business is where you can log your opening hours, events you may be running, contact information and, over time, becomes a great place to see what your customers think of your business in their reviews (which you can even reply to). Ideal for tracking the initial performance of your business if you’re just starting out.
Asana is a project management solution that enables you to work collaboratively, especially if you’re working remotely (handy, right?). The app allows you to create to-do lists, reminders, add due dates to tasks, add instructions to assignments and comment on items, all while sharing your progress with your teammates. You can share images, documents, and presentations directly to the app, allowing you and your colleagues to remain up-to-date with everything you are all working on in real-time, ensuring things run just as smoothly as they would if you were all in the office
As a busy entrepreneur, finding time to focus on yourself can be a challenge. That’s why it’s important we all get a little Headspace from time to time (like what we did there?). Headspace gives you all the tools you need to unwind from a busy day and chill out – with accompanied mediation that can be as little as a minute long, it’s the perfect app to schedule a little chill-time into your routine. Describing itself as ‘a gym membership for the mind’, Headspace offers a variety of free and paid packages for its users.
Never overlook what you think are the basics. Now pretty widely known, LinkedIn is a platform that offers a space for like-minded business people to come together, connect, and stay in touch. Essentially the Facebook of the business world, the application allows members (both workers and employers) to form professional relationships online, as well as to stay connected with what is changing in their respective fields. LinkedIn also offers job search features and the opportunity to advertise for positions. If you’re starting a business of your own or are wanting to stay in touch with your colleagues and clients, we really can’t reiterate the importance of this one.