Five top apps to make your business run easier

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Here are five apps to help you run your business more efficiently from workplace management to international money transfers:

Deputy – the app to simplify workplace and staff management. A cloud-based workplace management solution that simplifies scheduling, time sheets, tasking, employee communication and offers one click payroll integration. Deputy runs seamlessly on the Apple Watch to make staff management an easy task all in one place. Many hours of admin go into the process of all aspects of staff management, so using Deputy helps to free up some of that time to concentrate on growing your business. Other features include facial verification for starting and stopping a shift, creating greater HR compliance, payroll accuracy and insight into workforce productivity.

Dropbox – the app to access all of your important files anywhere, on any device. The Dropbox app allows users to always have access to files for iOS, Android and Windows devices. The app gives you the ability to quickly and securely preview, edit and share files straight from your smartphone, without the need to return to your computer. Files can also be accessed offline by adding them to your favourites, giving you the freedom to manage and collaborate files on the go. For business users with more sophisticated needs, check out Dropbox Business, which can also be run through the free Dropbox app and boasts as much storage as you need with additional enterprise-grade security control features.

Invoice2go – the app to help you manage admin and get paid fast. Invoice2go is the App Store’s #1 invoicing app that allows small business owners, freelancers and contractors to create and send professional invoices on the spot. The app helps users get paid faster, improve their cash flow and save hours spent manually invoicing, collecting payment, and reconciling accounts. Over 200,000 users across the globe rely on the technology to simplify the admin process and invoice more than $1 billion per month through the app. The new digital payments feature also users to accept credit and debit card payments via the app – without having to invest in expensive and complicated EFTPOS infrastructure or accounting software.

Hey You – the app to save precious time in the mornings. The order ahead platform let’s you save time by pre-ordering and pre-paying for items from local cafes and restaurants ready for your collection. All you need to do is pay via the app, walk in and pick up your order without waiting in line. The platform also includes a group ordering feature, where you can place orders together while individually pre-paying, so no one gets short changed. This will save a lot of the hassle in the morning – ideal for the office coffee run.

OFX – the app to simply and quickly transfer money internationally. The app allows users to check live foreign exchange rates and make international payments in minutes. A simplified technology for global businesses and for anyone working across various international locations, the OFX app is a fast technology that sets up personalised exchange rate alerts for any currency you want to monitor and compares historical charts on currency trends to find the best rate.

Chloe Potvin
Chloe Potvin is a contributing small business writer for Kochie's Business Builders.