Keen to squeeze more out of every business hour? Why not check out these clever business apps and boost your efficiency.
Evernote helps you collate web pages, Word documents, pictures, videos and notes in one place.
How do I use it? Photograph your business receipts to keep track of expenses; keep all the web references, images and presentation documents together as you do your research; take a snap of a white board from a conference or an idea on a napkin to share with colleagues; store your sales pack on the app for sales calls.
Cost: From US$14.95 per month for a single user to US$149.95 per month for up to 50 users; 30-day free trial.
Batchbook describes itself as “the social CRM for small businesses and entrepreneurs”. Import your contacts (or create a list from scratch) and Batchbook
will populate it with each connection’s LinkedIn summary and photo, recent tweets
and Flickr photos, plus your communications history.
How do I use it? Log every call or email to a client; add notes to help you manage your sales cycle with each customer; build the database by bccing Batchbook and it will automatically add each new contact.
Cost: US$9.99 per month, or US$16.99
per month for the premium version.
Documents To Go lets you access
Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF documents no matter where you are, plus it preserves the original file formatting. Documents are synced, so the changes you make on
your mobile phone appear when you open a file on your computer.
How do I use it? Read or edit documents or spreadsheets on your mobile phone or tablet computer. Create a new document, even if you’re not at the office.
Recently updated, Australia Post Mobile allows you to find your nearest postbox or Australia Post retail outlet, look up postcodes, track items you have posted and more.
How do I use it? Work out local or international postage costs on the spot, pay a bill through Postbillpay, or check on the delivery status of an item. It’s also a handy app to tell your customers about, if they’d like to track their purchases on mobile.
Cost: From US$12 per month for a single user to US$90 per month for 10 users. Add US$10 per month per user if you have more than 10 users. Free 30-day trial.
Harvest allows you to track your time with a stop-start timer, assign time to different projects and manage team timesheets. You can use it to create reports into Excel, Google Spreadsheets and other formats, to see how time is being spent.
How do I use it? Work out your billable hours to make invoicing more accurate; remind team members to fill in timesheets; find out what your most time-consuming tasks are; identify and reclaim “lost” time to make your business more efficient.
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