Top 10 Apps – Mike Tomlinson

tb 37 p.111Mike Tomlinson, director of small business at mobile network operator, EE, lists his top 10 apps that you might not have heard of that will help you run your business.

Despite the enormous impact business apps can have on productivity, many small businesses have yet to realise their full potential. New research from EE found that just 22% of small businesses provide apps for their employees to use at work, despite 37% of employees – equivalent to five million UK workers – believing they would be more productive if they were provided with apps tailored to their job.

This could partly be because of the sheer quantity of apps available. Most businesses are familiar with Sage One Accounts, Microsoft Office 365 and Skype, but there are a lot more out there to choose from. Here are ten you may not have heard of:

1. CARDMUNCH

www.cardmunch.com

Cardmunch lets users scan business cards on a smartphone, then store the details to their address book and connect to their LinkedIn profile. It saves time and effort involved in building a detailed contact database, and is particularly useful for businesses that network a lot.

2. MOONFRUIT

www.moonfruit.com

Moonfruit is a website and webshop creator that helps small businesses build websites that are automatically optimised for web, tablet and mobile devices, without having to understand complex computer code.

3. LOGMEIN

secure.logmein.com

LogMeIn is a remote login app that lets users access their desktop from any computer with an internet connection, enabling staff members to work from home, on their commute, or while they are out of the office, just as they would if they were in the office.

4. MOZYPRO

www.mozy.co.uk

MozyPro is an online backup service that saves companies time, money and headaches by syncing files across smartphones, tablets, and computers, helping small businesses to store business-critical data over the cloud, with packages ranging from 20GB to more than 1TB of storage.

5. RECEIPT BANK

www.receipt-bank.com

Receipt Bank gathers, stores and processes receipts and invoices directly from a user’s smartphone or tablet when the document is scanned, removing the administrative burden that bills, invoices and receipts place

on small businesses.

6. Legal Manager

www.businessapps.ee.co.uk/welcome/legal-manager

Legal Manager provides businesses with legally compliant documents, including sales agreements, property contracts and terms and conditions for websites at a fraction of the cost of employing a law firm.

7. CREDITHQ

www.credithq.com

CreditHQ is a business credit tool that provides easy-to-use debt management, enabling small businesses to run credit checks, monitor debts and make collections from clients and debtors.

8. ZENDESK

www.zendesk.com

Zendesk is a cloud-hosted customer service management platform, which uses an automated ticketing system to make it as easy as possible for businesses to deal with customer service issues.

9. CONSTANT CONTACT

www.constantcontact.com

Constant Contact is a small business marketing suite that enables companies to easily manage new business leads generated by email, events and social media.

10. WEBEX MOBILE

www.webex.co.uk

WebEx Mobile enables businesses to schedule and host meetings and web conferences from their mobile, wherever they are.