Top 10 productivity apps for business success

As smartphones get smarter, so do the apps that live on them.  From time-savers to life-savers, we’ve compiled some of the cleverest productivity-based apps available for business owners. So whatever your business needs, there’s an app for that.

1. OmniFocus

OmniFocus is a favourite of business owners and the highly-organised everywhere. It lets you schedule your day, create to-do lists, and keep on top of meetings and tasks. It’s a great investment for those who need a comprehensive and easy-to-use task manager. You’ll also receive exceptional support from the app developers and OmniFocus community.

2. Hootsuite

If your business requires a social media presence (and let’s face it, whose doesn’t?), Hootsuite is a great way to manage all your social media profiles from the one dashboard. It enables you to schedule messages, find content suggestions and measure your social media performance. Simple.

3. Evernote

Whether you’re saving documents, notes or images, Evernote is a great way to keep everything organised. Tag and category functions allow you to save important documents and retrieve them quickly and easily at a later date. It also syncs automatically across your desktop, smartphone, tablet and browser, so you can access your documents at any time.

4. Basecamp

Basecamp is an immensely useful project management tool for small businesses. It enables you to schedule your workday amongst all your employees, delegate tasks, and keep a running list of projects on the go. It’s everything a team needs to stay on the same page and work together efficiently.

5. Parse.ly

Unlike other analytics tools, Parse.ly is specifically designed to understand readership. So whether you’re gaining traction through a blog, or running a content-heavy business, Parse.ly can reveal reader trends, pathways, and behaviours. It also compares that information to what your readers were doing last week (or last month), so you can better understand what works and what doesn’t.

6. Pomodoro Time

Science shows that we work best in bursts of highly-focused work followed by short breaks. Pomodoro Time is based on this system, dividing your day into 25-minute chunks of work, followed by a five-minute break. While there are other apps that use this system, Pomodoro Time stands out for its simple and easy to use interface, along with its desktop app for Mac users.

7. IFTTT

This one is a must-have for tech lovers. IFTTT stands for ‘If This, Then That’, and is a great tool for automating the little things that can clog up your day. For instance, you can keep on top of your social media presence by telling it ‘If I share something on Facebook, share it on Twitter too’. Or you can make your day more seamless with settings such as ‘If I’m at work, put my phone on silent’.

8. Desk.com

If your business requires excellent customer support and service, Desk.com will make life so much easier. Measure customer satisfaction, gain business insights, provide seamless multi-channel support, and so much more with this all-in-one app. It’s all about making your customers happier.

9. Slack

Slack is basically your office hub. It allows you to organise conversations between topics, projects and teams, so that everyone has a clear overview of what’s going on. You can also create private channels, direct messages and share files with co-workers. Plus, it links up with hundreds of apps, including Desk.com and IFTTT, so you can keep everything you need in the one place.

10. Invoice2go

This one is great for freelancers and small business owners. It allows you to automatically generate professional looking invoices, enabling you to bill clients on the spot. Not only will you increase the credibility of your business, you’ll get paid a lot quicker, too.

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