No matter what your business is, the right tools can help your employees perform tasks faster, be more efficient and ultimately become more productive.
As a small business, it’s likely you have embraced the user-friendliness and convenience of mobile technology such as iPhones or iPads.
A savvy next step: make the most of your devices with the best apps available. With the help of recommendations from our Jamf Nation Community, we’ve curated a list of must-have apps to help you succeed.
Read on for Jamf Nation's picks for the best iOS apps for business, in categories ranging from communication and collaboration to point-of-sale, accounting, payroll and invoicing.
Communication and collaboration apps
The apps our Jamf Nation members most frequently recommended serve common functions: connecting team members online while simplifying communication and enabling collaboration.
This popular messaging and communication app helps teams stay connected and organized, promoting real-time collaboration. Slack enables team members to communicate via public or private channels. Modes of connection within channels include the ability to share files, participate in group chats, host mobile calls and video conferences and send group notifications. The most oft-cited perk by Jamf Nation: “Essential for daily activities within the organization - communicate while on the run.”
In a similar vein, the successor to Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams allows employees to easily communicate with both peers and customers and to create, share and store files securely in the cloud.
When the pandemic required the relocation of workers outside the office, the Zoom meeting platform became not only one of the most popular video conferencing systems in the world but a virtual necessity for organizations struggling to continue business as usual. Today’s modern hybrid workforce continues to rely on this app to securely connect and collaborate.
Jamf Nation members praised Google Drive as great for easy access to information across many platforms. This cloud service from Google allows users to store and create files in the cloud via their Google account, enabling them to create and share documents, spreadsheets, slideshows and more. It also allows multiple users to be given access to the same document for viewing or editing purposes.
QuickBooks is a familiar name in the small business world, as a robust software solution that can handle accounting, payroll operations, sending invoices, billing management, inventory control, and more.
QuickBooks Online is a cloud-based accounting app that helps small businesses manage their finances, track expenses, create invoices, and monitor cash flow. With QuickBooks Online, you can access your accounting platform where you have internet access, as well as on your mobile devices.
As the world of retail has moved from cash to digital transactions, it’s crucial to take advantage of the choices for point-of-sale (POS) systems.
Top of the list is Square, a versatile POS app that allows small businesses to accept credit card payments, manage inventory, and generate sales reports.
While you may be more familiar with Venmo as a tool to share payments with friends, it can also be used as a business application. As a bonus, when customers use Venmo for POS checkout, the app can connect the user’s network of friends, who can then view, like, and comment on a purchase – giving companies brand exposure.
One of the most trusted names in online payment processing, PayPal allows merchants to accept all major credit cards, Venmo, pay later options and cryptocurrencies.
Gusto is an all-in-one platform that provides full-service payroll and HR management software for small and medium-sized businesses. Gusto handles payroll taxes, benefits and other complicated tasks with a simple and easy-to-use interface.
For an accounting application with a focus on invoicing, look to FreshBooks. Designed exclusively for business, FreshBooks makes things like invoicing, expenses, payments and financial reporting easier, to help you run your business more efficiently and save you time every day.
Bonus apps: social media
When you want to engage with your customers, it may be easier to communicate with them where they already are rather than expecting them to come to you.
When you create an online presence for your organization on apps such as Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, it’s an opportunity to create a tangible community feel for your customers, and stay connected with them.
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