Mobile Meets SMB: How Mobile Apps can Help Small Businesses Compete

Author: Curt Finch
Published: February 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm

When was the last time you used a mobile app at work?  I would guess you’ve already used at least one mobile app today.  According to a study by the Small Business and Entrepreneur Council, small businesses that use mobile apps to manage their operations save more than 370 million business hours and more than 725 million employee hours annually.  That’s a huge amount of time saved which is so important for any company – after all, time is fleeting and needs to be invested wisely.  The study, which surveyed firms with 20 or fewer employees, found that 31% of companies saved an average of 5.6 hours per week because of mobile apps.  So what are the best apps for saving your company time and money?  Below is a list of some of my favorite apps to up your company’s productivity and profitability.

Apps to Manage Money

Accounting can be incredibly time consuming.  When an employee travels for work, have them download Expensify.  Expensify allows an employee to import expenses straight from their credit card or bank account.  The app even lets employees scan their receipts for inclusion in expense reports.  Expensify lets employees track mileage by entering their destinations on a map.  The app has QuickBooks integration built in which is quite a boon as many companies rely on QuickBooks for accounting.  Expensify is free for individuals or $5 per user per month to approve expense reports as a company.

If you are a business that accepts payment on the go, you should consider Square.  Square provides a credit card reader that attaches to iPads, Androids and iPhones.  The app and the card reader are free and every swipe costs 2.75 percent.

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Article Author: Curt Finch

Curt Finch is the CEO of Journyx. Founded in 1996, Journyx automates payroll, billing and cost accounting while easing management of employee time and expenses, and provides confidence that all resources are utilized correctly and completely. …

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