Apps aren’t just useful for filling the time with bubble popping madness while you wait for the train, or for catching up with the latest news over your morning coffee. For business owners, apps can solve everyday problems using streamlined and mobile solutions that are accessible anywhere, thanks to the cloud. For the solopreneur or small business owner, having a grasp of everything going on in your business is nothing short of essential. Restore balance to your working day by accepting a helping hand from technology. These apps are sure to streamline and supercharge your business…

For Managing Customer Enquiries
If your inbox is overflowing with inquiries and your labeling system doesn’t quite cut the mustard anymore, it might be time to upgrade to a bespoke CRM platform. This might sound like a scary prospect, but if you’re serious about keeping your customers happy, this is an essential step for any business. There are many available, each touting their individual perks, but ZenDesk regularly tops listicles. Never miss an inquiry email again.

For Staffing Schedules
Do away with those pesky scraps of paper that need re-writing over and over to adapt to availability. An app like When I Work will take the guesswork out of scheduling, and allow you to focus on more important things. For teams of remote workers, this is nothing short of a miracle worker, as individuals will be able to submit their own timecards for approval. No more emailing back and forth and clogging up your inbox!

Everyone knows when they are working, and can request time off or special considerations at the touch of a button.

For Booking Business Travel
If you aren’t using a business concierge service yet, you’re missing out. When you’re traveling to a new city for business, don’t waste time by accidentally booking a hotel 5 miles away from the city centre. Apps like my TC app from Travel Counsellor are ideal because they offer so much more than just access to cheap flights. You’ll have access to a travel counselor who will be able to help you make the most of your trip. The developer’s behind the app, Apadmi, said the app is designed to “fuel your wanderlust,” but we think it could help fuel your business, too.

For Staying Focussed
If you regularly find yourself getting sucked into spreadsheets and losing half the day, you might benefit from a productivity app. If you’re curious to know how you spend your time, install an app like RescueTime, and you’ll soon have an entire dashboard of insights. It runs quietly in the background, logging your activity and keeping track of how much time you spend on different applications or websites. If you’re spending too much time on social media, you can lock yourself out for a few hours so you can get stuff done. Perfect for the easily distracted business owner.

Used correctly, apps can help to transform your business by freeing up your time for other tasks. However, it’s important not to let the apps take centre stage. If you find an app is becoming too distracting, it might be time to switch off and try a more traditional method.

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