2 02, 2021

The Greatest Apps of 2021

2021-02-02T20:16:54+00:00

As we transition into a new year, tech has been busy keeping up with a massive transformation in the way we do business. With the sudden work from home surge, there are many great apps out there to take some heavy mental and time suck lifting off of your work day. Tech is one of our greatest tools in the 21st century and fully using it to your advantage will help you thrive as a business owner and person. In this article, “Planet of the Apps,” we break down our top app picks for 2021. 

Zoom

We’ll start with the most cliche, no brainer app, Zoom, which is a video conferencing app. This app has been around since 2011 yet only recently have they seen the tremendous amount of growth. It seems as if Zoom experienced massive “overnight success” but in actuality it took them nine years and a world pandemic to get there. Not only is this video conferencing app a godsend for business meetings, people are using it for birthday parties, happy hours, cooking classes, fitness classes, and even romantic dates. Chances are you have already tried Zoom but if not, check it out. Their ease of use and features make it one of the best video conferencing apps on the market. 

Gusto Payroll

Gusto payroll

With the second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans in full swing, business owners all over the country are pulling tedious reports to upload to the Small Business Administration (SBA). With Gusto payroll system, they are one step ahead of you and already have the reports and documents well organized for you to download. This makes submitting your application a breeze. This is only one of the many benefits of this helpful program. They also simplify paying yourself, employees, and 1099 contractors. Stuck? Get ahold of their helpful support and receive a timely response. They also have a dedicated support team to help business owners navigate PPP loans. 

Square

Square’s motto is “Tools to run your business even when it’s not business as usual.” Most people know square as the pioneer app of taking credit card payments. But did you know they offer several tools such as invoicing, tracking and accounts receivable? They work with every type of business and keep all your statistics in one dashboard. Square simplifies the process for business owners so they can focus on running their business efficiently. 

Hubdoc

Hubdoc app

We all know that person who has a purse full of paper receipts or dressers full of receipts from 10 years ago. Luckily, we are not in the dark ages anymore and there’s a good solution for holding onto your receipts without heaping piles of paper. Meet Hubdoc. With this app, you can automatically import your financial documents and export them into data you can use. Say goodbye to digging in the recycling bin looking for that Home Depot receipt you accidentally threw away a week ago. With Hubdoc, immediately have the receipt emailed into your database or snap a photo of it. Voila, one step closer to a more organized and efficient life paper and clutter free. 

IRS Free File Program

The Free File Alliance is a nonprofit coalition of industry-leading tax software companies who partnered with the IRS to help millions of Americans prepare and e-file their federal tax returns for free. The service is unique because it gives taxpayers access to a number of different tax software options from Free File Alliance members. After selecting the software that works best for their tax situations, users are seamlessly transferred from IRS.gov to the company’s website to complete their returns. 

RescueTime

Mountain biking

As much time and headaches these apps will save you, sometimes we can get trapped in not so productive apps. It may seem counterintuitive to download another app however; RescueTime rescues us from wasting precious time on apps that are not going to be beneficial to our day. Most of us enjoy scrolling through Instagram reels of golden retrievers as much as the next person but it’s not uncommon to let over an hour go by watching dogs eating birthday cake and sliding down ski runs. What could you be doing with that time? Skiing, fat biking, working on your business? With RescueTime, get clarity on exactly where your time goes, block your worst distractions, set time limits on certain apps, and get reports and tools on how productive your day was. 

We’ve done the homework and these are our top apps of 2021 based on ease of use, features they offer, and pricing. Use these suggestions as tools to improve efficiency, concentration, organization and accuracy for your business and throughout your life. If you are still craving more terrific app ideas visit our post, “The Best Apps On the Planet for Productivity.” 

At Singletrack Accounting, we know small business. Similar to the above apps, we are here to make your life easier. Our team of accountants, bookkeepers, and coaches live and breathe helping business owners just like you with accounting and coaching. Reach out today for a free consultation. 

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28 08, 2019

The Best Apps On The Planet for Productivity

2019-11-21T18:08:51+00:00

Biker at sunset looking at beautiful scenery

The app ecosystem has exploded and it’s not all consumer apps like Venmo and Instagram. Business specific productivity apps have been popping up everywhere. Last year alone there were over 600 QuickBooks Online add-on apps listed at apps.com. This year that number is expected to double. Even we experience A.O.S: App Overload Syndrome from all the context switching. That said, there are a few apps that are worlds apart from the rest. These best apps on the planet are (drumroll):

TSheets

This is the app that anyone with employees needs and should be using. Why? Let me count the ways…

1- it is extremely low cost: 2-99 users is currently priced at $4 per user per month plus a $16 base fee.2- it turns nightmarish 18th-century paper timesheets into usable electronic data; bill customers, track job labor costs, and transfer notes with a click or two.
3- it puts GPS tracking on clocked in mobile employees.. no more arguments about how much time they spent at McDonald’s.
4- paper timesheets do not win legal battles, electronic ones do.

If you compare the very low cost of the app with the number of hours that you’re spending on paper timesheets, entering hours into payroll, copying notes and billing charges to customers, you might even make money with this switch! We’ve chosen 3 or 4 core apps that we work with…this is #1. The bonus is that as great as it is, TSheets customer service is even better. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed.

Best. Quickbooks. App. Ever.

Slack

Developer on Slack messaging app

We’re not sure how any business with more than 1 person can even operate without Slack. Every team should take advantage of this app.

1- Have you ever searched your email for multiple precious minutes trying to find a certain conversation? Document and search conversations all in Slack. Slack makes searching their database seamless saving you loads of time.
2- Slack has many integrations including Google Drive. Share Google Drive files and links. You’ll be able to preview files, manage access to documents, get notified about and reply to comments, and see when new files are shared with you. Slack becomes your business’s central point of notifications when connected with integrations.
3- Create reminders and to-do lists.
4- The best of all – stop clogging your inbox. We’ve all been there. A long list of emails with short answers. Slack is set up as a chat. You can even reply within threads so you don’t have a long string of messages with quick answers.

Slack makes communicating easy and fun while being extremely functional.

Best. Chat. App. Ever.

Grammarly

This app is for you grammar police. But in reality, grammar is important in establishing yourself as a professional and you should pay attention to this app.

1- Grammarly automatically detects potential grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, and style mistakes in writing.
2- Install the Grammarly extension on Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge and grammar mistakes light up on your screen as you’re typing.
3- Copy and paste writing into the Grammarly’s online app and the algorithm will flag potential issues such as punctuation, wordiness, spelling and usage, and even plagiarism.
4- It works on mobile! Install it on your phone and have confidence that everything you write is mistake-free.

Move fast and Grammarly has your back.

Best. Grammar. App. Ever.

Google Drive

The two big storage apps are Google Drive and Dropbox. While Dropbox is still the 800 lb gorilla in the storage space, Google Drive is catching up quickly for good reason.

1- It’s in the cloud. Rest easy knowing you can access your information on any device, at any location, at any time.
2- Users can upload and download any file and easily share it with team members which makes it great for collaboration. Folders make things organized and its all very searchable from the web.
3- Google drive integrates with the rest of the Google ecosystem. Even better – Google Drive integrates with Slack!
4- 15GB of free storage. That’s a LOT of free storage. Store files, backup photos and videos, save email attachments, and more. Rest easy knowing that if you run out of your free storage, an additional 100GB of storage only costs $1.99.

The ease of sharing, price of storage, and integrations make this app invaluable.

Best. Storage. App. Ever.

Trello

Trello app task board

Work collaboratively and get more done with Trello – a sophisticated to-do list.

1- Create boards, lists, and cards that enable you to organize to-do items and notes in an extremely organized way.
2- Work with any team. Invite users to your Trello boards from anywhere and work together on the lists.
3- Information at a glance. Add attachments, comments, due dates, and tag and mention team members on any card.
4- Stay in sync on any device whether you are relaxing on a beach or skiing in the mountains.

While Trello is extremely useful in the workplace, you can use Trello to organize just about anything, even your entire life.

Best. To-Do List. App. Ever.

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