The world of small business is truly exciting and challenging for their owners. However, there is another exhilarating world of android mobile apps that make small businesses a challenge worth undertaking. Running a small business is even more exciting than running a large business or corporation, since the responsibilities that small business operators shoulder are much larger and intense than those handled by CEOs and other professionals in the upper echelons of management in larger firms and companies.
Today, the tide is turning in favor of small businesses that use various mobile apps so that they can be more productive in their work. These apps help users become more efficient and organized by helping the about various aspects of their business such as finances, communication, team handling, and so on.
In this article, we will discuss eight such apps that help owners manage their small businesses efficiently.
#1. Microsoft Office (For use with Tablets)
This app is just right for those who have a lot of document processing to do. Until recently, office mobile apps from Microsoft Office were the only option for mobile office users. However, now Microsoft has launched Microsoft Office for tablets, which is a full-featured version of Office for Android Tablets. These Android Apps include Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
These are much like their full desktop versions, but they are optimized for touch devices and also feature large and easy to tap buttons. What’s more, it is possible to integrate them with Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud-storage platform. This helps documents to stay synchronized across all devices. Though available for tablets, this suite is not yet available for android smartphones.
#2. Remote Desktop from Microsoft
This app helps you to operate your PC desktop using your hand held Android device. Well, the remote desktop app from Microsoft can be a special bonanza for small business owners. This app offers a reliable and secure way to connect remotely to a work PC from an android phone or tablet.
This app also provides a simple way to run windows applications while on the go. Thus, while your remote desktop could be miles away from you, you could use the desktop version of your favorite program right from your smart phone on a remote basis.
#3. QuickBooks (for Android)
As usual, QuickBooks offers yet another robust app. This app offers strong accounting tools so that you can track and manage your finances. The Quickbook Android app is not a fully featured mobile version of QuickBooks (desktop application), but this app can be thought of as a mobile companion app. This app consists of useful tools to track sales, send invoices, and even view recent payments. This app requires a subscription, but a 30-day free trial is available.
#4. Producteev App
Producteev is a free task management app for iOS and Android, which lets you assign tasks to several individuals as well as implement privacy settings and create various subtasks. Additionally, the premium version of this app is specially designed to address growing business needs.
Things such as logo and theme settings can be customized along with turning outlook emails into calendar appointments as well as actionable tasks. As a social task management application, it enables you to organize as well as prioritize project tasks as well as activities. The app works in terms of tasks, projects, and networks, and provides an innovative way to task management.
With the Trip it App, you can consolidate your travel plans into a single itinerary. Thus it is possible for you to stay tuned to all your travel plans. With the app, you can easily manage your travel plans. Through Trip It, it is even possible to check parameters such as departure times, weather reports, as well as directions to the airport. The app even notifies you of any delays.
The basic version is free, but the pro and teams version is paid. However, both these apps come with a 30-day free trial. It works on various platforms Including iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, and And Windows Phone 7. It Also Works On Macs And PCs.
For those who possess more than one phone or device, Pushover is the app for you. This simple push notification app organizes all your messages from all devices in one common space. This app makes it possible to send push messages to any smartphone and place messages in one unified inbox. With the ability to send 7,500 messages each month, it comes with a 7-day free trial, and then requires a low fee one-time purchase. This app works for Android, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and all desktop PCs.
Skype is the preferred app for communicating with telecommuting colleagues or with business partners overseas. Despite several attempts by rival companies to knock it off its pedestal, it is still the #1 application for connecting with people on the web. Skype allows you to share files, pictures, and even your computer screen with the person you are talking. You can even share them with an entire group. Skype also allows you to call a group of up to 25 people and send a text message to friends. The basic version of this app is free.
#8. Polaris Office
Polaris Office is a free office application that is optimized for smartphones and tablets. It allows easy document creation, editing and saving. This can be done even without an internet connection. With Polaris office, small business owners can create, edit, and read Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Documents and view the PDFs on their mobile device screens. It also allows 2 GB free cloud storage, and is available free of cost, with premium options also available. It can also be downloaded from iTunes and Google Play.
Now that android apps are available for managing various aspects of small business, thereis no need to remain stuck at your desk while managing your small business or enterprise. Although you might be accustomed to your desktop computer to manage your small business, you just need to reach out for your smart phone or tablet wherein you can install the above apps and manage your business a little more effortlessly! Good Luck!
Images: “Petaling Jaya, Malaysia – Aug 6, 2015: Android apps updates via Google Play Store on smartphone. Google Play, originally the Android Market, is a digital distribution platform operated by Google / Shutterstock.com“
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