10 Free Apps to Jump Start Your Small Business in 2020
Small business owners are always on the go, whether they’re at a conference or meeting, a networking event or speaking gig, on a job site, working from home or at the office. Small business mobile apps help keep you organized and on the ball and improve efficiency.
All of the below mobile apps for small business are free and we’ve included apps that help with different tasks like payroll, project management, payment processing, marketing, customer management, mileage tracking and more.
Plus, all the business apps listed below work for both iOS and Android, unless otherwise noted.
In this article, we’ll cover:
Small business owners with a team to run may find Gusto a lifesaver. Gusto handles payroll, benefits and taxes all in one powerful mobile app.
It helps onboard new employees, reports new hires to the government, handles all your taxes at the federal, state and local levels, automatically deducts workers compensation payments and deductions and emails employees their pay stubs.
This app is free for the first month.
2. Scanner App
This free app for small business lets you send documents and forms on the go. It photographs the document and converts it into a PDF or JPEG. You can take multiple photos and roll them into one document and even add a signature.
Scanner App only works for iOS, so you can try CamScanner if you’re an Android fan.
Square is the payment app for small business right now. Small businesses like beauty salons, retail shops and food trucks will all benefit from Square.
Square is free to download and comes with a free reader that lets you swipe credit cards. This tiny reader attaches to your phone or other device and allows you to process payments quickly and easily.
Square deducts 2.75 percent from all credit card transactions. You need to pay extra for a reader that accepts contactless and chip cards.
If you have your own store, Square Register is a point-of-sale system by the same company. The hardware isn’t cheap, though.
Skip complicated small business management apps. Wunderlist keeps things simple but effective. It’s a to-do list that you can share with your team. It syncs automatically so your employees can see what items are done and which ones are still pending.
The basic version of Wunderlist is free. Wunderlist for Business is $4.99 per user and it lets you delegate tasks to your employees, make subtasks, set deadlines and reminders and add notes.
You probably already use this business networking platform on your computer, but getting the app is really worth it. LinkedIn a powerful marketing tool and with the app, you’re likely to use it more often.
Send updates on the go, add new connections, recruit new hires, follow inspirational companies and people or keep an eye on your competitors.
This free photo editing app makes it easy for small business owners to have a social media presence. Crop photos for social media platforms like Instagram or edit a picture to put on your website. It’s a great app to help with your small business marketing.
You need absolutely no graphic design experience to edit photos on PicMonkey. It’s an incredibly user-friendly app with features that let you produce professional-looking photos in a flash. Just a heads up: there’s a paid plan for premium features that starts at $4.99 a month.
For small businesses with inventory, Shopventory is an incredibly simple solution with powerful inventory management capabilities. Check profit margins, compare locations and see sales trends.
Shopventory will help you see what isn’t selling well so you can discount it and skip a restock. It also alerts you if it suspects theft. The app helps small business owners stay up to date on their inventory. It’s definitely one of the best apps to manage small business inventory.
Shopventory doesn’t have its own payment processing system but it does integrate with systems like Square, Shopify, PayPal Here and others.
A basic plan is free for one business location. Paid plans start at $29 a month.
Small business owners that take a lot of business trips will find TripIt a lifesaver. TripIt collects all your travel details and sends you alerts about flight changes. It can help you find a different flight and get the best seat.
Email your itineraries to TripIt and it updates your travel schedule on all your devices for you. You can also view your itinerary offline so you can avoid roaming when you’re out of the country.
A basic TripIt account is free and the Pro version is $49 per year.
MileIQ isn’t fancy but it gets the job done. This free mileage tracker app tracks up to 40 trips a month and it can track multiple vehicles. Trips can be categorized as personal or business related and you can add notes if you’re an employee.
MileIQ also handily calculates how much you can deduct on your taxes for each trip—the average MileIQ user deducts over $6,500 per year. As of January 1, 2018, the IRS lets you deduct 54.5 cents for every mile driven for business travel.
MileIQ also integrates with FreshBooks so you can import your data and add your trips to your expense reports. This will make reporting your mileage and claiming a deduction a snap at tax time.
Upgrade to the paid version to track unlimited trips. It costs $5.99 a month or $4.99 a month if you buy an annual subscription.
Business cards are a hassle. They cost money, it’s a pain to keep them on you and the details are often out of date.
Contxts is a business networking app that lets you send information you’d include on a business card in an SMS text message. You can either text the recipient or bump phones. You can even ask your contact to send a text message with your account name to 50500 and your details will be texted back to them automatically.
You can also export your contacts and add links in your details to your company website, LinkedIn page, social media pages etc.
Contxts is free to use, other than any SMS costs from your service provider. It works on any cell phone, too, even devices that aren’t smartphones.
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Apps for Small Business Accounting
The FreshBooks mobile app is a must-have for small business owners who are constantly on the go. Connect to your clients, update your books or check reports wherever you happen to be.
Here are some of its powerful features:
- Create and send professional invoices
- Scan receipts and add them to your expenses
- Respond to client questions and feedback about invoices and other documents
- Check if a client’s viewed an invoice or if it’s overdue
- Sync to your desktop and other apps instantly
Download it for free and always stay on top of your small business accounting.
Apps for Small Business Management
Here are some top apps for small business management in 2020:
- Toggl: a time-tracking app great for freelancers who need to track billable hours
- Google Drive: create documents, spreadsheets and presentations on the go and share them with team members, all for free
- Slack: communicate with your team via group chat or private message from anywhere or send files
- Evernote: organize your voice recordings, documents, notes, images and content clipped form the web in one place, plus search, collaborate and annotate
- TapeACall: record incoming and outgoing calls and never miss another detail
- RingCentral: access your office phone via your mobile phone and take calls, check your voicemail and more
- Trello: this simple project management app lets you set tasks and track its progress, either yours or a team member’s. Asana offers even more powerful features for managing projects.
- Canva: easily create social media images and edit photos without any graphic design knowledge
- Salesforce: manage your customers on the go. This is the mobile version of the popular software.
- Proven: if you’re hiring, this app will let you post to multiple job sites, respond within the app and put candidates into categories