In the digital age, computer applications are making many different aspects of business easier, simpler and more effective. There are hundreds of apps claiming to be the best apps for business, so it can be difficult to find the right one for your company’s needs. In this piece, we break down seven apps for startups that you need to download today!
Best for UX: InVision
InVision is an app designed to help companies improve user experience through digital product design. Directly in the app, you can turn your ideas into designs, animate them and create working prototypes. You are also able to collaborate with your team members on the project and leave comments for each other, and the app will notify you of any changes.
Best for Social Media: Hootsuite
Social media can be tedious and time-consuming. For smaller companies and startups, managing your accounts and trying to attract a following is a full time job. Hootsuite is a social media marketing tool where you can schedule posts, engage with followers and manage multiple accounts and platforms all in one application. With this app, it is easy to schedule your posts for the entire week all at once and track trending, relevant hashtags to share.
User-friendly: 8/10. There are sometimes glitches and depending on the plan you choose, it may limit the number of posts you can schedule.
Best for Project Management: Trello
Trello is an app where your entire team can manage every single project that you are working on. You can organize the projects into sections and choose who has access to them. You can also assign new tasks, or people, to a project and communicate with each other through the app. There are several apps that function similarly but Trello is free and seems to be the most user-friendly.
Best for Customer Support: Zen Desk
Zen Desk is an app that gives you the ability to better manage and meet the requests of your customers. They offer several different customer support apps to choose from depending on your needs and how you want to engage with your customers. Creating an effective customer support system from the beginning is so important for startups to receive feedback to improve the customer experience.
Usefulness: 10/10. This makes customer support so much easier and more effective!
Best for Signing Contracts: HelloSign
No matter what type of startup company you are, there are lots of documents to sign as you are creating, building and launching your business. HelloSign allows you to digitally sign contracts faster and more securely.
Usefulness: 6/10. There are ways to sign documents without this app but it definitely improves the process!
Best for Hiring: Got Hired
Got Hired is more than just a talent recruitment website. Not only do they match you with qualified applicants that meet your needs, but they also offer a new employee onboarding program, leadership training and workshops to improve your organization.
Overall: 10/10 This app provides so many benefits, you just have to check it out!
Best for Writing: Grammarly
Grammarly is a Google Chrome extension that edits your work as you write. This is great for making sure everything from emails to your website is written correctly. It is perfect for international teams to make sure the writing quality is consistent.
Overall: 9/10 because they are still in Beta testing for Google Drive.
Speed: 10+/10. Amazing! It edits as you are typing.
Each of these business apps serves a different, important function for startup companies. By simply downloading them, you have the ability to make your work day a little bit better.