It is imperative to have your business up and running and have a digital presence. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on software or try to develop your own, as was done in the past. Today, you don’t even have to leave your establishment to find the perfect solutions for your business needs.

    1. Gusto.  No business owner, unless you are providing tax help or CPA services, will know the ins and outs of how to manage payroll, benefits, and taxes. It can be a nightmare for some and a place where one small error could become very costly. The app formerly known as ZenPayroll streamlines the process and puts you at ease by reporting new hires to the government; handling all local, state and federal tax filings; automating deductions for benefits and workers’ comp payments; and emailing digital pay stubs to your employees and independent contractors. It’s also mobile friendly so you can do it all right from your phone if need be.  It charges $39 per month and $6 per employee. Therefore, if you have a company of 10, that’s only $99 a month.

    2. Trello. This app is designed to get your team working collaboratively on various projects all at once and keeps it all organized for you within its easy to use ecosystem.  Within the app you make cards that represent projects, once each project is assigned to people to work on, they can be moved into stages of completion. Once you’ve done your part in the process, you simply move the card on to the next stage. Complex projects can be completed with ease, without the excessive and lengthy status meetings. You receive a free trial and when that is complete, you pay $9.99 per month per user when paid annually.

    3. Skype. This app might as well be a household name. It has been around for awhile and is not going anywhere. Every small business should have a means of communication with its employees, clients, and even customers. Many other video conferencing companies have tried to replace Skype but it truly is an indispensable app. Features include transmitting of photos and files of any size, sharing your computer screen, calling a group of up to 25 people and sending text messages. The basic version is free but if you want to upgrade, Skype for Business starts at $5 per user per month. It integrates with Microsoft Office and allows you to hold online video meetings and calls with up to 250 people.

    4. MyMinutes. Every small business owner knows that managing your time is the most important part of your job. If you cannot get the million and one things done each day, you run the risk of losing out on the most important part of your business, money. And since time is money, this app helps you manage your time by setting the minimum or maximum amount of time you want to put into a task and keeping you to it. Using ‘at least’ and ‘at most’ goals, My Minutes delivers a two-pronged boost to your productivity. You cut down on wasted time, and spend that time being more productive.” It is only $2.99 on the app store.

    5. Expensify. If you happen to be your own business and charge others for your time and services or if you want to track your own expenses for reporting later to help ease your accounting process later, look no further than Expensify.  Expensify takes the pain out of keeping track of your expenses by allowing you to take a picture of your receipts or linking your credit or debit cards for automatic tracking and placement on an expense report. Expensify costs $5 per month per active account for team users and $9 per month per active user for corporate users. Companies with more than 1,000 employees can get custom pricing.

Every business owner must equip themselves with the necessary tools to succeed. In this digital age, the solutions are out there, all you need to do is your research and decide what is most convenient and cost-effective for you. inMark Media Group provides businesses with sales consulting services among other agency services, including logo and website design, brand development, and social media management. For more information visit the services section or contact us at 844-INMARK-1.