Are you looking for the top tools to run your online business? In this blog post I'm going to be sharing with you 10 small business apps to help you run your business like a pro.
Okay, full transparency here. You do need an iPad with the apple pencil to really use this to the best of its ability. But it's so incredible when you do, you can actually take notes with the pen like you're writing down in a notebook.
But then you can transfer describe those notes. You can draw little charts, you can upload them as a PDF into your computer. It's just a really, really cool way to take notes. I love my notability app when I'm going to conferences.
At number two, is Planoly. Planoly is a way that you can actually schedule your Instagram postings. We love it. It's just really easy to do hash tag research there, and to make sure that you're making the most out of your Instagram posts.
Okay, so this app is a little like clunky looking, but it's super cool. When you get the hang of it, it essentially lets you establish a morning and an evening routine. And you can add different things to your routine and check it off as you go.
If you've been struggling with establishing morning or an evening routine, definitely check this out.
Okay, so to make it simple, you want to have a project management app that you're using on your computer. And whatever one you're using, you want that to also flow in to your phone, right? So, you get those same notifications there.
So no matter what project management tool that you use, we usually tell people if they're just starting out in your business. Do something simple. Do Trello. You can do workflows and automations and things like that.
5. Canva app
So we are huge fans of canva here at the virtual Savvy. Everyone knows it. But the reason why is because you can create such beautiful images on the go really, really quickly and canva. The mobile app is no different.
I've actually been really impressed or so many features inside a canva. So the fact that they were able to put these into a mobile app, which with pretty good usability is, is, is really impressive to me. And so if you're on the go and you need to make a quick social media graphic, I would definitely recommend the canva mobile app.
6. Zoom Meetings App
Setting up your meetings is one thing, but you're going to have to actually have these meetings. So the next essential piece of software is a video conferencing tool. Now, there are a number of tools for you to choose from, but for me, my standard has been Zoom meetings.
In fact, I've been a Zoom user since roughly 2016. I use it for virtually all of my meetings and also for hosting my webinars and other events.
Zoom is my choice because not only is it easy to launch a meeting and manage and admin and set all of the controls here, but I also find it's easiest for my clients to engage with.
Now, there are a number of tools out there at various price points and different features, but Mailchimp might be the best place to start. It's almost that perfect balance between costs, but also with how easy it is for you to set up and get going.
The great thing about an email marketing tool is that it manages all of those subscriptions and people who sign up for your newsletters or future announcements which you want to send to.
But the great thing is that not only does it make it easy for you to send out mass communications, you can see detailed statistics on those messages.
Number eight would be the Bonjoro app. You can use this app to send video messages to your clients or to your customers. And we have found the super helpful inside of our business. It just adds a personal touch, and their app is amazing.
It's really user friendly. You literally can just record a video while looking at your phone and instantly sends it to a customer to a student to a client. And we've really, really enjoyed using it to add that Personal Touch to our messaging.
You want to make sure you have a presence on social media as well. So you're going to need a social media manager.
In this case, we're taking a look at buffer, which I use to manage and schedule out all of my social media in advance. So if you're not familiar with a social media manager, what you can do is connect your various social media accounts.
If you run a small business, you need accounting software, you need a tool, which is going to give you an accurate representation of where your money is going and where your money is coming from.
Now, my recommendation for you is to use QuickBooks online, not only for its ease of use, but also for the number of Integrations in which it connects with other tools that you may already use, including your bank accounts, credit cards and other tools that you're using to receive payment.
Trust me; you don't want to wait too long before starting to use a real accounting piece of software. You don't want to miss out on those tax advantages, and you also don't want to come up short at the end of each month.