75+ Best Apps For Small Business: The Ultimate List (Updated For 2019)

Cathy Gray
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With many great apps for businesses, how do you know if they will help: 

  • Employees communicate easier and faster
  • Increase revenue 
  • Manage expenses
  • Market your business

To help you start, I’ve compiled this list to help get you started.

The Ultimate List of the Best Apps for Your Business

This rather large list is broken into broad categories to easily navigate to the section that will be best for you. 

Accounting Apps Communication Apps CRM Apps Documents Apps Hiring Apps Invoicing Apps Marketing Apps Miscellaneous Apps Networking Apps Point-of-Sale Apps Productivity AppsScheduling Apps

Marketing

Communication

Production

Documents

CRM

Point-of-Sale

Networking

Scheduling

Project Mangement

Misc

Marketing Apps for Business

Hootsuite

Manage all your business’s social media in one place with monitoring, scheduling, and reporting on all of the major social platforms with Hootsuite.

(hootsuite.com)

Buffer

Buffer makes it easy for businesses and marketing teams to schedule posts, analyze performance, and manage all their accounts in one place.

TweetDeck

Offers a more convenient experience by allowing multiple timeline views in one easy interface. Advanced features include managing multiple Twitter accounts, scheduling future posts, building Tweet collections, and others.

(tweetdeck.twitter.com)

Facebook Pages Manager

Pages Manager lets you manage up to 50 Pages from your smartphone or tablet like: check Page activity, share with your audience and see insights. 

 

Mention 

A real-time reputation management system that monitors your brand, industry, and customers across the web and social media.

(mention.com)

IFTTT 

Over

Canva

MailChimp 

Communication Apps for Business

 Slack 

HipCha

Basecamp

DialMyCalls

RedBooth

Wrike

Skype

FlowDock

 

Production Apps for Business

 

 

Documentation Apps for Business

DocuSign

Scanbot 

Google Drive

Dropbox

Box

Microsoft Word

 

 

CRM Apps for Business

HubSpot

Salesforce

Pipedrive 

Streak 

Nimble 

 

Point-of-Sale Apps for Business

 

 

Networking Apps for Business

 LinkedIn

Namerick

Shapr

Meetup

 

Project Management Apps for Business

 Asana

Trello

Basecamp

Monday

Zoho Projetcs

ConnectWise Manage

 

Scheduling Apps for Business

 10to8

Setmore

 

 

Misc Apps for Business

 

 

Cathy Gray

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Entrepreneurship + Leadership = Intrapreneurship

Cathy Gray
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Entrepreneurs and leaders have been around since the dawn of time. These types of people are the backbone of civilization, the Industrial Revolution and today’s startups.

What is an Intrapreneur?

There is a newer concept in business that focuses on the same principles as entrepreneurship. An intrapreneur is an entrepreneur within a business. An Intrapreneur uses the same skills, resources and ideology to tackle problems, but without the associated risks as an entrepreneur.

Intrapreneur was originally coined in the 1980’s by Gifford Pinchot. Companies at the time used intrapreneur when they needed new and groundbreaking ideas for their business. Now firms are creating a business culture of empowered employees.

Enabling employees allows problems to be solved with greater response time. It allows people to be proactive and the company less reactive to the market and customer needs.

Think of it this way. Google encourages the intrapreneur mentality. They expect their developers to take 20% of their time to work on outside projects.

Why? The 20% of work that is done by Google’s developers leads to more products for Google’s customers.

*I’m not encouraging businesses to take the same approach as Google into their operations. The principle of the 20% can still be instilled without disrupting operations.

When managers have an open policy to ideas brought to them, have dialogue and make change, it empowers employees, creating value in their work.

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Innovation – What it is and What it isn’t

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Innovation Isn’t

According to Albert Einstsin, not innovating is similar to insanity.

Insanity doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein

 

 

Innovation Is

Drucker explains innovation the best according to business in mind. We wouldn’ expect anything else from him

If you want to do something new, you have to stop doing something old. – Peter F. Drucker

Making Sense of Innovation

Both Einstein and Drucker define innovation according to their scientific and business mentality.

Before we get started, I am not saying throw away tradition, disrupt the norm or a 180 degree change in processes.

What I am saying is keep the tradition, norms and processes, and build upon them. It’s about being proactive and not reactive.

A question that arises is why do we do it this way or simply why. Most of the time, the question isn’t asked outside, but asked in our heads. For most, the answer is because we have always done it that way.

It doesn’t matter what the answer is, we have to look at why the question is being asked.

Is it being asked because… is it over complicated is the way of doing it a workaround to a more efficient solution that wasn’t thought of the person just doesn’t understand we have always done it that way it isn’t broken, don’t try to fix it

These answers may sound familiar, but they do not get anyone anywhere.

Businesses do not stay ahead of the competition by staying strictly stuck on them. People do not grow without making improvements.

Let’s get away from what we are use to because we are afraid of a change, no matter how big or small.

We need to push through and innovate the old to come up with the new.

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What’s the Difference Between a Title Tag and H1 Heading?

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When you develop a site, there are behind the scenes factors that assist search engines to direct searchers to your site. These factors are combined together with different important levels for each. Though it is debatable on what’s the most important, it is a best practice to use Title Tags and H1 Header tags for SEO.

I don’t want to give you a detailed, long-form post; only a brief explanation. You’ll know the difference between Title Tags and H1 Headers. Just enough to make you dangerous. 🙂

For an easier read and variety, Title Tags may be referred to as titles and H1 Header as H1.

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Title and H1 Header Tags: Behind the Scenes

At the previous section, it stated: “there are behind the scenes factors”. Here’s what it looks like (just in case you’re curious):

Title Tag:

<head> <title> Title tag content that will show within the search page results. </title> </head>

H1 Header Tag:

<body><h1>H1 heading content will show on a page. </h1></body>

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Defining Title Tags and H1 Header Tags

If you are only researching to grasp what they are. The important piece to remember is that each page has a title tag and H1 Header.  The page’s keywords should appear in both locations.

Title Tag: a Non-Technical Definition

The bolded text is a basic definition of a Title Tag. It is what I feel is most important to make someone aware of in order to understand SEO basics.

  • A title tag is the blue text on a search result’s page.
  • Serves as a link or hyperlink from a search results page to the web page where the content is found.
  • A title tag is also located at the top of a web page, on the tab in the web browser and when bookmarked.
  • Not found by default within a page’s content.
  • Is a type of meta tag.
In this example, I did a search in Google for Woodstock, GA.

Title tag basic description with examples for website and business owners by Cathy Gray

 

H1 Header: a Non-Technical Definition

The bolded text is a basic definition of a Title Tag. It is what I feel is most important to make someone aware of in order to understand SEO basics.

  • It appears within your web page.
  • H1 Header does not usually show up in search engines.
  • Can be styled and often only located at the top of a page.
  • Is a type of meta tag.

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Title Tags vs H1 Headers

Both tags should have your keywords that represent an overall message of your webpage. So the best way to optimize Title Tags and H1 Headers is to write for your viewers while following SEO best practices.

Overall, tags and headers share a similar function. This can stem a little confusion between the two.

The main difference between these is where their location. This difference impacts how a search engine and users analyze a page.

Other Differences:

  • Title Tags are located in more places while an H1 Header tag appears in only one place, but doesn’t have to be used.
  • H1 can be visually stimulating and titles cannot.
  • Search engines can give more weight to Title Tags than H1 Headers.
  • Google can change a title but not a header.

Common Best Practices:

  • Place the keyword at the beginning in both tags, if possible.
  • Use only one Title Tag and one H1 Header tag per page.
  • Keep both tags’ content short and unique.
  • Use the keyword or keyword phrase in both tags.

How to Write Title Tags & H1 Headers

Put yourself in the shoes of your targeted viewer.

For a title tag content, ask “What does the page title to say to gain a viewer’s attention from a search page”?

For the H1 Header tag content, ask “What will be a good introduction to get the viewer on the page”?

 

Do this while following basic SEO best practices, and your HTML tags will please Google the way you want them to.

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