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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.