Cloud Apps Every Business Owner Should Use

When you stop and look back at how the modern day office has shifted it is downright amazing. Just a mere 50 years ago we were surrounded by stacks of papers, calculators the size of computers and there was a good chance your phone was affixed to a cord (when was the last time you saw one of those?). Ah, how times have changed. The modern day office is slowly disappearing not only because we are starting to embrace the benefits of working from home but also because most of our software and technologies are stored in the cloud! There are numerous cloud-based applications which have taken over the business world. Keep reading as we share our top 7 apps you should be using!

  1. Cloud Accounting Software such as Xero and Quickbooks

Is it much of a surprise that we’d start with your cloud accounting software? Establishing stability and organization with your finances can pave the road for more time for you to focus on growing your business. But not all cloud software’s are the same, from the size of your business to your long term business goals, even how your company acts on a day-to-day can significantly impact which software will best fit your company.

  1. Square

You’ve most likely seen the square a little white square sticking out of your waiters iPad or the nifty square you tap your card on to buy jam at the market. The square seems to be just about everywhere nowadays. But what exactly is this square? The square is a payment app highly utilized for businesses such as restaurants, hair salon, and food trucks. Users receive a small, portable card reader that affixes to a phone or other mobile device such as an Ipad for quick and convenient payments. Square also has a POS system available called Square Register for businesses with a brick-and-motar store. Square’s point-of-sale application is compatible with iOS and Android devices.

  1. SurveyMonkey

With today’s technology, there is no excuse to be disconnected from your consumer. From social media to emailers we are constantly communicating with our consumers whether that is directly or indirectly through means such as your brand. We are so fortunate to be living in a society where at the click of a button you can be talking one on one to one of your consumers. With SurveyMonkey, you can create custom surveys to measure consumer experience. Their website is filled with tips and tricks to building surveys or varying complexity. The option to create a survey template will save you time in the future all while keeping your surveys on brand. SurveyMonkey is embracing mobile! You’ll have the option to send out your survey via email, your website and even social media accounts.

  1. Asana

Do you feel that your team could improve upon its communication? If so we strongly recommend Asana. This web-based program organizes your to-do’s into projects and tasks all available to your team. You can upload files, share notes and chat project to project with its built-in comment section. Asana has the ability to integrate with Google Drive for file uploading and Slack for messaging.

  1. Dropbox Business

Dropbox business is a cloud-based program which acts as an online vault for all files and folders on multiple platforms. Users are able to login and access their files online as well as on a mobile device. Gone are the days of searching through your email for that one attachment. Plans aren’t only for larger scale businesses Dropbox Business offers plans for small teams of just three users too!

  1. MailChimp

You probably use or at least know somebody who uses MailChimp. This emailing platform has taken the business world by storm. Its ease of usability egged on by its almost endless customization options have made Mailchimp a must have in any business. We all know how important it is to collect a mailing list. MailChimp allows you to do just that while laying out your metrics in easy to distinguish reports for users of all marketing and technological backgrounds.

  1. Hubdoc

If you’re following us on Facebook you’ll have seen a few posts about Hubdoc. We just can’t get enough of this versatile app. Hubdoc automatically imports key information from bills and invoices al while syncing this data with your bank accounts. Talk about time-saving! This program can be accessed via the web and via its mobile app. Here’s a quick tip, user their handy snap and go feature by taking a picture of your receipt and automatically uploading it to your account. Come tax time you’ll be organized and ready to go!

Eric Saumure, CPA, CA, Principal

Eric Saumure, CPA, CA, Principal

Eric is a recognized Chartered Accountant (CA) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) in the province of Ontario.
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