Apps To Help Power Your Small Business

Today’s smart phones and tablets do so much more than just keep us connected to our friends, family, and business associates.  They are also powerful business tools capable of tracking mileage, tallying expenses, and capturing your next business idea.  Here are a few of my favorite apps that you may find useful as a small business owner, or even in your personal finances.


Expensify scans receipts and extracts the data, enabling the user to synchronize to accounting software like Xero or QuickBooks.  The basic Team version allows expense approval and online reimbursement.  The Corporate version adds features such as corporate card reconciliation, advanced policy enforcement, and multistage workflow approval.  Expensify also has a mileage tracker feature.


Speaking of mileage, if you need a no-frills mileage tracker, check out MileIQ.  This app works in the background, tracking all of your drives.  You simply swipe left to classify a drive as personal and swipe right to classify a drive as business.  You can further classify personal drives as charitable or medical, and there are various business classifications, as well.  Mileage is recorded at the current IRS rate, and a log is created which is accessible from any device at any time.


So many people are ditching landline phones in favor of cell phones, but maybe you aren’t ready to give your personal phone number out to the world, or perhaps your phone number isn’t local and calls from your cell phone go ignored.  Line2 is a great solution for your business.  Line2 allows you to make and receive calls and texts from your phone, tablet, smart watch, and computer with a US or Canada-based phone number.   The standard plan includes voicemail, incoming and outgoing caller ID, group calling, call forwarding, and “do not disturb” mode.  Additional services include auto-attendant, conference calling, and fax services.

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express is the free app version of the flagship software.  Use this app to take photos, enhance them, and add text so you can create company announcements or social media content.   This app is free for both iOS and Android users.

Mint is a free personal finance website that consolidates all of your financial data and logins into one simple interface.  Two-factor authentication adds to the security of the app and website, allowing you to securely budget, plan, and track your finances, including your credit score.  The tools and visuals in Mint make it fun and easy to set and reach your personal financial goals.  The app even sends you alerts reminding you when bills are due or you are over budget in a particular category.


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