Small Business Owners are always running low on time!

These Apps can give some back

by: Amos Faulkner at:

As a small business owner, you likely spend more time at work than you do with your family. You have to use your 24 hours wisely, but it’s difficult when you have customers, vendors, and employees coming at you from all directions. Fortunately, technology is here to help.

Today, we share a few top apps and software for small business owners looking to make life a little bit easier.

Mobile Scanning

Do you routinely have to send and scan paperwork? Do you need a way to organize documents? Consider a mobile scanning program. These allow you to use your mobile device to capture, edit, and send paperwork from anywhere, so you won’t have to rush back to the office to keep up.

In-Store And Online Payment

Twenty years ago, cash was king. Not today. Today’s shoppers want to be able to pay online using their favorite apps, such as Venmo and PayPal. They know their information is secure on these platforms, and accepting payments from them means your customers don’t have to enter unnecessary information into your website. Plus, these services can organize and help you keep up with every payment processed, which can make it easier for you come tax time.

Team Communication

Communicating with your employees and freelancers should be one of your top priorities. But, this isn’t always easy, particularly if you have multiple teams or utilize a remote workforce. To keep everyone on the same page and ensure the right people get the right messages, consider investing in a communication app, such as Slack, which web design and advertising agency Texas Creative says works on both desktop and mobile devices.

Graphic Design

If you often struggle to create attention-grabbing Facebook banners, company apparel, or presentations, a graphic design app can help you showcase your company without having to go to art school. Many programs, such as Canva, are free, intuitive, and offer both templates and custom-design options.

Time Management

You already know that you only have 24 hours each day. But, what you might not realize is how much of that time goes directly to waste. We spend, on average, 65 hours per month – 12% of each day – on social media sites. When combined with bathroom breaks, interruptions, and time otherwise distracted, most employees spend less than 60% of their working hours being fully productive. Consider implementing a time tracking program to help you and your employees better identify how your time is being used. You may be surprised at what you find, and identifying productivity gaps can make you more profitable.


Do you remember the Rolodex? If you’re younger than 40, probably not. But, this was a precursor to CRM software, which stores your customer information and allows access to this data as well as applications that help you better interact with your clients and customers. Unlike the Rolodex, a CRM is fully digital, meaning it’s quick and easy to use from anywhere. You can store everything from your customers’ birthday to their shopping preferences and personal information. This makes it easier to maintain your relationships and paves a smoother path toward productivity and profits.

Technology is so much more than we could have ever dreamed it would be. This is never illustrated more beautifully than how tech can streamline processes and save time for small business owners trying to make a living without sacrificing time with their family and friends. Try any of the apps above, and reclaim part of your time clock starting today.



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