5 essential phone apps for your business
Even if you haven't forked out for the nice and shiny iPhone, in your bag or in your pocket lies an older device that still has an unbelievable amount of power. Despite the limited nature of iOS or Android operating systes compared to say, Microsoft Windows 10, there is a surprising amount you can achieve through the simplified interface.
Here are the must-have business apps for your phone – for tracking payments, managing email and dealing with staff.
Accounting - Xero
You’ve certainly heard of the enfant terrible of the accounting world. If you’re a small business owner and you’re not using Xero, GET ON IT NOW! like all good software, you can use the simple functionalities to start, before growing into a power user. According to many, Xero is loved due to its flexibility, constant updates and 'accountancy humour' (no, really!).
Mobile payments - Square
Over the last seven years, Square has gone from a clunker start-up to slick mobile payments system. Co-founded by Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, the product has some serious cred. In 2016, the product (which clips in to the now defunct headphone jack) can accept payments from magnetic swipes, chips and NFC systems such as Apple Pay.
Perfect for market sellers or tradies, Square ensures your payments are fast and secure.
Email management – Boxer
Look, there’s no doubt that Microsoft Outlook and Google Inbox (both free) do an amazing job at managing your email, but if you’re looking for a feature-rich solution for less than a price of a drink, then give Boxer a look.
Fully integrated with Gmail, Outlook, Exchange, Yahoo & IMAP, it’s easy to add Dropbox files as attachments. As an example of its innovation, you can ‘like’ an email to let the sender know that you’ve read it without sending a formal response. Due to fun (though useful) innovations such as this, Boxer has gathered a lot of fans.
On second thought, email is so passé… In 2016, we collaborate. While industry giants such as Atlassian provide solutions for large corporations, start-ups and small business can realise great benefits from apps such as Slack.
The software combines instant messaging and shared docs and integrates with most cloud-based storage solutions. It’s a great solution for a decentralised workforce, or for tracking the productivity of those within your office.
"There are two types of people in the world: those who have never heard of Slack, and those who can’t imagine life without it." — The Guardian
Staff Scheduling - Deputy
Perfect for retail and hospitality businesses, Deputy is quickly gaining a reputation as the ‘Xero of staff management’ thanks to its ease of use and constant upgrades (based largely on user feedback).
Owners and managers can produce staff rosters and instantly track if staff have turned up and logged in. The program sends info directly to online accounting software and factors in all the awards and conditions (but make sure you double-check!)