I remember running a small business when there weren’t any apps. Actually, there weren’t any smartphones to run them on anyway. Today, an app is being created every 30 seconds, from taking a picture of a fish from your iPhone, and the app will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about it, to using your phone as a leveling device when trying to hang a picture on your wall.
Some of the apps we will talk about in this article will be germane to business, but others can be used by consumers as well. If you are a solopreneur, you definitely want to take a look at some of the financial tools available to you. Most are free, some have free trials, and others have a paid version as well. Let’s take a look at a few.
As you can see from the graphic above, apps come in all shapes and sizes. This is a handy way to categorize your needs and make sure you have all your bases covered.
Boxed: What Costco is to the consumer, Boxed is to the business. This is your online superstore for most of your business needs. Maybe this is why Office Depots are closing down around us. No membership fees and free shipping with orders of $49. Another way to make your shopping easier.
When I Work: This is purported to be an excellent app for scheduling your staff and more. Among other things, this app and service is free for up to 75 employees and can help you get everyone scheduled. It even lets your team swap shifts and see available openings. Pretty cool.
As you might expect, most of the apps that have been developed for small businesses are used to save time and money. We will get to the name brands, but take a look at a few unique apps that should help.
Trim and Earny: Trim is a popular app that can be used by both businesses and consumers. It appears they will help you with analyzing reoccurring expenses as well as help you negotiate down bills with folks like Comcast cable, phone companies, etc. Earny is another app that is pretty cool. If the purchase price drops after you have purchased something, this app refunds the difference. What will they think of next!
Shoeboxed and Expensify: These apps are both really helpful in organizing and categorizing receipts and expenses. One quick snapshot from your phone and it is uploaded into the software. Done.
ScannerPro and CamScanner: ScannerPro works with Apple products and CamScanner works with other Android phones to allow you to digitize receipts and other documents.
Other than the ubiquitous Excel and QuickBooks, there are multiple apps and software to help you with your financials.
Mint: Perhaps more friendly to the consumer and the solopreneur, Mint will basically organize and analyze your bills and help you create a budget and payment plan around them.
Botkeeper: Here we are jumping into a new realm with incorporating AI into your financial management. It eventually learns your business and automates the process of data entry.
According to Maryanne Morrow of 9th Gear Technologies, “Don’t try to find a system that will do everything. Rather, find one that has built a strong ecosystem of best-in-class solutions, such as employee expense reimbursement, payroll, vendor payments and cash management. Choose your backbone system wisely and use that to assemble what you need over time.”