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    The 5 best small business apps | Telstra Smarter Business

    Jeff Haden
    Business Journalist

    Jeff Haden is a bestselling ghostwriter, speaker, Inc. Magazine contributing editor, and LinkedIn Influencer

    Jeff Haden
    Business Journalist

    Jeff Haden is a bestselling ghostwriter, speaker, Inc. Magazine contributing editor, and LinkedIn Influencer

    Jeff Haden reviews 5 apps that can help organise the operations of your business easier. Learn more about these apps with Telstra Smarter Business.

    Business apps can help your business stay organised and streamline processes. Here, we look at some apps in the market that can help improve the way your business operates.

    Deputy™

    Increased volume means increased pressure on scheduling and communicating with your staff, especially if your workforce is at least partially distributed. Deputy is a scheduling, management, and communication app that lets you create staffing plans, communicate with individual employees, track hours worked, and integrates with many leading payroll providers.

    And possibly best of all, a tool like Deputy lets you keep up with what’s going on. The less time you spend on scheduling and staffing your employees, the more time you’ll have to actually lead them

    Evernote

    Entrepreneurs constantly come up with great ideas, that’s what makes them entrepreneurs. Evernote is a great way to take notes and organise documents, photos, videos, web pages, etc.

    As David Allen, says in Getting Things Done, “Your head is for having ideas, not holding ideas, and it's certainly not for filing things away.”

    The less time you spend trying to remember important things, the more time you can spend making important decisions.

    iDoneThis

    Sharing a to-do list is great, but what about all the great things you and your team complete? iDoneThis is an app that lets you and your team list your individual accomplishments for the day and share them with everyone else.

    Add a tool like this to your workflow and you may be able to reduce the number of “update” meetings you hold, make project tracking easier, and create a more open and transparent company culture. Plus it’s fun – who doesn’t love to share their accomplishments?

    The less time you spend asking for updates and checking task status the more time you can spend celebrating your people instead of assessing them.

    Blue Jeans

    During busy periods, time is your most precious commodity and that’s especially true when communication is concerned. And nothing is more powerful than communicating face-to-face. That’s why online meeting software can strike the perfect balance between ease and effectiveness.    

    The less time you spend trying to connect with customers, vendors, suppliers, and employees the more time you can spend having the conversations that solve problems, build relationships, and drive your business forward.

    Toodledo

    Many to-do lists are actually wish lists since they always include more items than you can accomplish; if you have five hours of meetings and nine hours of tasks planned for today, you probably won’t get it all done.

    A tool like Toodledo helps you assign realistic times to your to-do list. That helps you prioritise and helps you stay focused. When you know a task should only take twenty minutes you'll more aggressively ignore distractions and stay on-point so that it really does take just twenty minutes.

    The less time you spend worrying about your to-do list the more time you can spend getting important things done.

    And who can’t use a little more of that in their business life?

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