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 Edmundo Daco Jr. & Jessica Barrera
 
Web apps are rapidly changing the landscape of how small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) operate. If you’re running an SMB you should know that it’s not a question anymore of which apps are helpful for your business, but which of those apps are essential for it to succeed. There are apps for almost every aspect of a business to increase productivity and smooth operations – that is if you select the right ones.

To help you choose the most essential apps for your business, we’ve compiled a list of must-have business apps. Of course the average SMB uses more than just these 5 apps, but every company needs these basic essentials to at least get started.

G Suite

When running your business you have to organize different ideas, share files between team members, and monitor work progress. G Suite does all this and more, in just one place. You can also delegate tasks, create different types of documents, and store them in a cloud-storage called Google Drive. Brilliant, right?

Not only that, because G Suite is powered by Google, your business will get unlimited utilization of popular Google apps like Gmail, Calendar, Forms, Sites, Docs, Hangouts, and more.  As long as there’s an internet connection, team members can access all of these apps through their laptops, tablets or smartphones. With G Suite, your business can enjoy maximum mobility and limitless productivity, anytime and anywhere.

Slack

With today’s internet connectivity, companies can afford to hire freelancers from across the globe or have employees working from home. If your business employs these types of professionals, then you need to have a great communication app to connect with them. In which case, Slack is your best option.

So, what does Slack do? It lets you create different channels for conversations that you can assign per department, per project, or per client depending on your needs. Your team members will be able to join each channel and leave whenever necessary. They can also send direct messages to one another, make important announcements, send links, share files from your computer and from Google Drive, as well as use it on your phone for when you’re on the go.

Slack can be a storage of important business information as well. It keeps old conversations so everyone can refer back to. With Slack, you can choose to be included in all important channels, so you can monitor what’s happening in your business.

Norton Security Online

One beauty of cloud-based applications is their easy accessibility. Everything is available online. However, this also makes your data vulnerable to online attacks, such as viruses, malware, and spyware. It’s not that web apps lack security. As a matter of fact they’re secure, but nowadays you need an extra line of defense if you want maximum protection for your business data.

That is why Norton Security Online is also one of the must-have business apps for SMB’s. It’s an award-winning antivirus designed to protect all your devices from possible online risks. Install it on multiple devices to ensure all business data is protected.

Quickbooks

When it comes to accounting, your SMB can rely on Quickbooks to monitor its financial health. Quickbooks tracks all revenue and expenditures of the business. It generates and stores different financial statements, as well as allows you to upload files, such as pictures of official receipts to track monthly, quarterly and yearly expenses.

Connect Quickbooks to your business bank account, PayPal, Visa, and Mastercard to make financial transactions easier and faster. You can automate your payroll system and payment of outstanding invoices. To cap it all off, you can also prepare your business taxes through Quickbooks.

Quickbooks is basically your whole finance department in one app, whether you use it on your desktop or smartphone.

ConvergeHub

To complete the set of must-have business apps for your business, you’ll need to have a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool to support your sales and marketing teams. ConvergeHub is the app for that.

We all know that in order to grow a business you need to identify opportunities, generate potential leads, and build long-term relationships with your customers. These will ultimately lead to the sales growth that your business aims for, whether you’re offering products or services. ConvergeHub takes care of all these for you.

It stores lead and customer information, sends automated relationship-management emails, and gives customers the after-sales support that they need. You can invite other members of your team so that everyone is on the same page in the sales and marketing process. Your account managers, customer service reps, and marketing staff will love their jobs even more because of ConvergeHub.

Unify Your Business Apps

These must-have business apps are the best tools for your company’s success. To make the most of these apps, you can keep them in a single online location for quicker and safer access.

You might be thinking, “Is that possible?” Absolutely! It’s possible with SkyOne – an online workspace powered by cloud computing technology to unify business apps in one location. No more multiple logins, no more multiple bills to pay, and only one support line to call. With SkyOne, you can manage all your business apps conveniently and smoothly in one cloud-based platform.