The 5 Mobile Apps You Really Need for SMB Success

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Accounting Apps

All businesses, regardless of their size, need an accounting system to manage finances efficiently. SMBs should look to invest in a robust accounting app such as Xero or Quickbooks, or consider more down or up market options such as Mint and NetSuite, respectively.

Accounting software can be used for a variety of tasks, including expense reports. For example, businesses can migrate from using paper expense reports to the iPad. By using an app, the result is huge time savings as the accountant doesn't have to re-enter expenses, while employees can get expense reports even faster.

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can all too easily fall into the trap of buying mobile devices without knowing how to best leverage them. The result can be forced IT adoption by employees that can be ill thought-out, and a missed opportunity to improve business operations and productivity.

Mobile management is becoming a high priority as SMB mobile app usage continues to soar. A recent report by SMB Group states that "67 percent of SMBs view mobile solutions and services as 'critical' to their businesses, and 83 percent [of SMBs] have already deployed mobile apps to help improve employee productivity." With the multitude of apps available today, it's even more confusing to know which are really needed (and not needed) in order to ensure mobile device successful use.

In this slideshow, Charles Edge, product manager at Bushel, clears the confusion around business mobile apps by discussing the five types of apps — file-sharing, accounting, document-editing, industry-specific and security — that small businesses need to successfully run their operations effortlessly, productively and painlessly without breaking the bank.

 

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