11 + 2 Useful Apps You Simply Must Have For Your Business

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Productivity is crucial when you run a small business. We understand because we’re a small business too.

So here’s a collection of some useful apps which we’ve used and find them absolutely indispensable to our daily work. Know that whatever apps we share, we’ve used them extensively. Just so you know.

If you’re a Malaysian business and want a quick way to receive money, try Billplz. It’s a Malaysian company that helps you connect to banks easily. The Billplz website doesn’t communicate properly what it’s about. Basically, they’re a service provider similar to PayPal. Unlike Paypal which charges a commission based off your transaction amount, the Billplz folks take a flat rate of RM1.50 each time from you when your customer uses its service to pay you money, regardless of the amount transacted. The service fee taken from you is separate from the money your customer pays you so you basically top up each time your “service fee account” gets low. It’s good if you sell products or services, collect donations or conduct e-ticketing.  It connects to all major banks in Malaysia.

We were recently contacted by Canva to add one more really helpful resource to our list of 11 apps. If you’re looking for stock photos for your website, here are 74 (yes, 74) links to free and paid images you can use. Check out their comprehensive free stock photo list and never fear that you don’t have a photo ever to use in your website or Canva graphic.

If you want an alternative to Canva, try Stencil. It’s touted to be faster than Canva. We use both so we’re really not sure which is better!

For royalty-free photos you can use for your website and more, go to: http://kaboompics.com

For a daily reminder to keep you on track, this is the software you need. Set it up and it emails you to remind you of what you need to do. http://www.askmeevery.com

When you’re on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ like us, you can’t be logging into each one to update one by one. Here’s a faster way. Use a social media dashboard to help you manage all your social media accounts in one place. https://hootsuite.com 

Do you know that people love sharing inspirational quotes on social media? Create some of your own with this tool: http://www.quotescover.com 

Got a presentation in Powerpoint or Keynote that you want to share? Use Slideshare, the world’s largest community for sharing presentations and other professional content. Easily upload and share presentations, infographics, documents, videos, PDFs, and webinars. Use this to share your expertise on your product/service and have it reach all corners of the globe too. Check it out here:  http://www.slideshare.net

We’ve all had this problem especially when we want to share an interesting article or a website but the link is so long, you can’t even see the end of it in the URL window. Bitly is a nifty site that will put an end to insanely long links. Try it for yourself at https://bitly.com

We love making mind maps because looking at our ideas visually seem to make it all more comprehensible! Create mind maps about everything and anything at mind42.com or if you want to raise your game, try Lucidchart.com 

Ever feel like your inbox is out to get you? This fun app hands out points for clearing your inbox as quickly as possible. Accept the challenge and win a clean inbox. Game on! https://emailgame.baydin.com/learn.html

Everyone loves fun quizzes. Here’s a quick and fuss-free way for you to create an online quiz for your customers. Get the tool at http://freeonlinesurveys.com/free-online-quiz/

Most Powerpoint presentations look sloppy and boring especially if you use too many stick figurines! Time to change things up. Add some jaw-dropping wow into your next presentation with this software: http://prezi.com 

Love reading? We do! In fact you should see our overflowing book shelf at home. If physical books aren’t your thing and you prefer to read online, start your free trial at https://www.scribd.com where you can access thousands of books and published materials. Read to your heart’s desire!

Got a favourite app? Let us know in the comments below.

2 thoughts on “11 + 2 Useful Apps You Simply Must Have For Your Business

  1. Some very interesting sites. We also have a tool called Creately which you can use to create mind maps and many other diagram types. Additionally we have some unique productivity features like 1-click create and connect which will be very helpful for businesses that are looking to cut down the time spend on diagramming.

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