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15 Best Business Apps for Entrepreneurs

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Small business owners have a lot to keep track of, from inventory to bills to employee schedules. Thankfully, there’s technology that exists to make entrepreneurial life a bit easier. Here’s a list of apps available in the Apple App Store for iOS or the Google Play Store for Android to help you manage areas of your business.

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Best for finance & accounting
Best for communication
Best for time management
Best at the register
Best for inventory
Best for organization & planning

Small business apps: finance and accounting

1. Wave

Wave offers free mobile invoicing, accounting and receipt scanning. Wave stores all of your data in the cloud so you can access it from any device at any time. You can track income and expenses and connect an unlimited number of bank accounts and credit cards at no cost. For a fee, you can add credit card processing and payroll services from Wave. Both iOS and Android apps are available.

Apple rating: 4.6 out of 5

Google rating: 4.7 out of 5

2. TurboTax

The TurboTax app enables you to file your taxes from your phone or computer with help from a TurboTax specialist. The app is available for iOS and Android at no cost, but you might owe a fee when you file if you don’t use the free 1040EZ or 1040A federal forms. That fee is determined at the time you file. Various upgrades are available, such as SmartLook, which allows a TurboTax specialist to access your screen to provide clarity.

Apple rating: 4.7 out of 5

Google rating: 4.3 out of 5

3. QuickBooks

QuickBooks enables you to manage your expenses and invoices from your computer and phone. You can save data from photos of receipts you take with your phone and sync your online bank and credit card accounts. You can also create custom invoices with a “Pay Now” button to receive payment instantly. After a 30-day, unlimited trial, monthly subscription plans start at $10. Both iOS and Android apps are available.

Apple rating: 3.9 out of 5

Google rating: 4.3 out of 5

 

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Small business apps: communication

4. Pushover

Pushover combines notifications from apps and websites on your phone, computer and other devices and organizes them in a central location. Apps that support Pushover include WordPress, E-mail Gateway, Findmyshift and more. The app is free to download for iOS and Android but requires a one-time $4.99 in-app purchase following a free, seven-day trial.

Apple rating: 4.6 out of 5

Google rating: 4.5 out of 5

5. Addappt

Addappt manages your contacts, allowing you to create groups and set reminders to call certain people. The app syncs with your phone’s native contact list and updates when your contacts who use Addappt change their information. The app is free for iOS and Android.

Apple rating: 4.8 out of 5

Google rating: 3.7 out of 5

6. Fuze

Fuze is a video conferencing app available for free for iOS and Android. You can join calls from any device and participate in multiple calls at once. Although the app is free, you need a Fuze subscription to activate the mobile platform. You can call 1-800-890-1553 for more information about the subscription.

Apple rating: 3.8 out of 5

Google rating: 3.5 out of 5

Small business apps: time management

7. OmniFocus 2

Omnifocus 2 is a task management tool that syncs between your computer and your phone. The app organizes your to-do lists, customizing your tasks for specific situations and reminding you of upcoming due dates. Omnifocus 2 is available for iOS for $39.99.

Apple rating: 4.5 out of 5

8. My Minutes

My Minutes keeps track of how much time you spend on tasks and helps you reach productivity goals. Within the app, you can set a schedule of tasks and how often those tasks repeat. My Minutes also sends you inspiring messages to keep you motivated. The app is available iOS for $2.99.

Apple rating: 4.3 out of 5

Small business apps: at the register

9. PayPal Here

PayPal Here is a point of sale system that accepts credit and debit card payments and sends invoices. Payments are transferred to your bank account in minutes. The app is free for iOS and Android but the card reader, which connects to your phone, requires a payment of 2.7 percent of each card swipe.

Apple rating: 3.7 out 5

Google rating: 4.3 out of 5

10. Square

The Square Point of Sale app accepts debit and credit cards with the use of the Square Reader. Money is deposited into your bank account in one to two business days. The app also tracks sales and inventory in real time and lets you send and track invoices. The app is free to download for iOS and Android, but the Square Reader, which plugs into your phone, requires you to pay Square 2.75 percent of each card transaction.

Apple rating: 3.6 out of 5

Google rating: 4.6 out of 5

Small business apps: inventory

11. Inventory Control with Scanner

Inventory Control with Scanner helps you organize your inventory using a barcode scanner. You can also add items manually and upload photos of products and add them to your stock. The app is free to download for iOS.

Apple rating: 4.4 out of 5

12. Stock Control Inventory

Stock Control Inventory lets you sort items by category and assign places of storage. The app features a built-in search tool and it will send you a shortage alert when items are running low. Stock Control Inventory is available for iOS and is free for the first 15 items. The full version costs $9.99.

Apple rating: 3.7 out of 5

Small business apps: organization and planning

13. Asana

Asana organizes tasks and projects within your team and manages your daily to-do list. You can assign projects to others and set due dates and add files to individual tasks. Asana breaks down your work in a list or board layout and allows you to communicate with your team using an in-app inbox. Asana is free to download for iOS and Android.

Apple rating: 4.8 out of 5

Google rating: 4.3 out of 5

14. Evernote

Evernote lets you take notes and create checklists in a variety of formats, including texts, audio, photos and web clippings. You can also use your camera to scan handwritten notes and upload them into the app. Evernote syncs across your phone, tablet and computer. The app is free to download for iOS and Android and offers an upgrade for $7.99 a month.

Apple rating: 4.1 out of 5

Google rating: 4.6 out of 5

15. Homebase

Homebase helps you build employee schedules and check their clock-in statuses from your tablet or phone. You can also track sales, projected and actual labor costs, and see labor as a percentage of your sales. Homebase allows you to message your entire team at once and see who would be available to pick up a shift on short notice. The app and a basic tier of service is available for free for iOS and Android. Upgrades are available starting at $16 a month.

Apple rating: 4.7 out of 5

Google rating: 3 out of 5

 

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