5 apps to help you run your small business

If you’re a small-medium business owner, you’re more than likely good at being a bit of a jack of all trades – but there are some apps to help you handle a few of the day-to-day tasks. Here are five of the best types of apps for small businesses: 

Time tracking 

Automatically track how much time you’re spending on each customer, including tasks, research, phone calls, and emails. Time tracking apps use artificial intelligence to make it as effortless as possible to track your time. It can produce a timesheet automatically so you can manage your time more effectively. 

One to try: Timely (by Memory AI) 

Mileage logging 

When you’re driving around meeting with customers or suppliers, it’s important to keep track of your mileage. Paper logbooks have long been superseded by vehicle logging apps, which are so easy to use and inexpensive. Create an electronic logbook on your phone that records your mileage. 

One to try: Logmate (NZTA approved) 

Online payments 

Making it easy for your customers to give you money is just an all-round excellent strategy. An app can provide you with a way to accept payments online, and in person, from anywhere in the world. It can also manage subscriptions, or even run off a terminal. Most will use a pay-as-you-go pricing system, so you only pay when customers use it. 

One to try: Stripe 

Stock tracking 

For retailers, spend less time on stock tracking and more time on strategising with point-of-sale software. A POS platform allows customers to buy from your store, or online, and lets you manage inventory seamlessly. You’re collecting information as you go, giving you valuable insights into your business. 

One to try: Vend 

CRM  

A CRM is a customer relationship management app or software. If you’re not using a CRM software already, you’ll have snippets of conversation in emails, spreadsheets, on post-it notes, and it can lead to iinconsistent interactions with customers. A CRM may be the key to helping you manage workflow, client relationships, and organisation. It can store a multitude of customer data, including their contact, sales, and length of time they’ve been a customer (even some personal details like birthdays, if that’s useful). It’s a great way to improve the quality and consistency with customers – both potential and existing. 

One to try: Zoho 

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