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5 Must-Have Apps for Startups and Small Businesses

As apps become more effective and more prevalent, startups and small business owners are relying on these revolutionary tools to help their businesses grow, boost output and save time. “With different options available in the market today, any business can gain access to mobile applications with little or no costs at all,” says Home Care Coach and business owner, Michele Ellis-Williams.
So, are there any particular apps that startups and small businesses cannot afford not to have? Here are 5 apps – in no particular order – that startup and small business owners may find helpful.
1. Square Point of Sale
Have you ever considered providing your customers with more flexible payment options? If your answer is yes, Square Point of Sale may be of great help to your business.
Square Point of Sale is a mobile app offering startups and small businesses a reliable option for accepting payments right away from almost anywhere. It makes it possible for businesses to accept all major credit cards using a reader that plugs into a tablet or smartphone. The app has a 2.75% swipe fee per transaction. The swiping fee also tends to be higher when manually entering a card number.
2. Intuit Quickbooks
Among the various cloud-based accounting apps available today, Intuit QuickBooks app, which starts at just under $5 per month, appears to have the best customer reviews. This application is customizable, comprehensive and easy to understand. It works for businesses that need to manage inventory, taxes, bill payments, and payroll services. You can run your books on the go through the app. This accounting mobile tool comes highly recommended for startups and small businesses.
3. Dropbox
Protecting and sharing vital business files gets easier with Dropbox. Dropbox is a sophisticated but simple-to-operate cloud-based service that may be perfect for you if you run a business or company.
This app will enable you to keep your files online, sync them across multiple devices, and share them easily. Dropbox will keep all your vital files safe in the cloud whether you’re using a web interface or mobile app. It keeps all deleted and modified files for 30 days. The application can also be integrated with other services and applications including Gmail, Evernote, and Google Drive.
4. Evernote
Evernote is an application that has been designed for taking notes, organizing things, and archiving. This tool can help you record and remember all the great ideas you come up with while on the go.
Evernote mobile app is available on multiple platforms. You can store your ideas by text, voice, or even image. You even get to search your stored notes by tags and keywords.
5. Slack
Slack has time and again been described as the professional alternative to a Facebook Messenger founded by Stewart Butterfield. This cloud-based mobile and desktop communication tool provides a flexible and reliable way for employees to communicate effectively with each other.
For a small monthly fee, employees can make group video calls with up to 15 individuals in a single channel. There’s also an option for switching the video on or off during calls. It is easy to set up and has been described as one of the most intuitive communication apps.

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