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Starting a business, regardless of the field you’re in, can be a daunting task. But with today’s technological advances, setting up your business for success can be as easy as downloading the right app. Below is a selection of a few apps that can take your business to the next level.

Tiny Scanner

If you’re starting a business, it’s likely you don’t have the funds available to purchase a scanner. Have no fear, because this handy phone app called Tiny Scanner can easily substitute for the real thing. The app can take a photo of any paper document you have — whether it’s a contract, tax document or receipt — and turn it into a PDF. From there you can email it to yourself to organize in your inbox, or email it to a client or business partner.

The app can also conveniently combine multiple scans into one PDF and automatically detects the edges of the paper, so your scans come out perfect every time. Some of its additional features include the option to scan in color or black and white and the ability to set different page sizes, like Letter, Legal, A4 and more.

Slack

Trusted by LinkedIn, Samsung, Pinterest and a handful of other big-name companies, Slack doesn’t let you slack off, because it actually encourages more productivity!

According to blog Nerdwallet, Slack users saw 48.6 percent fewer internal emails and held 25.1 percent fewer meetings after using the app, leading to a 32 percent overall increase in productivity. The app can easily get everyone on the same page, even if some members of your business are working internationally. With group chat rooms, direct messaging, the ability to organize and even search for messages, and easy photo and file sharing, staying in constant communication is easy.  

QuickBooks

With the ability to connect tons of bank accounts and credit cards, this software will take care of all your business-related accounting tasks in one place. QuickBooks can track your businesses’ sales and expenses, you can view monthly and annual financial statements, save important invoices and pay vendors accordingly, pay your employees, and save receipts for reimbursement or tax purposes. What’s even better is that you can also do your taxes through the program!

Evernote

When you’re starting a business, inspiration can come from everywhere — a news report, a blog, or even a comic strip. When an idea strikes you, it’s important to write it down immediately so you can implement it into your business. Evernote can easily assist you by letting you bookmark information as you’re browsing the web so you can come back to it later. The app also lets you tag information so it’s easily searchable, and you can also embed pictures, tables, audio and video. Not only that, but you can also jot down a quick note alongside the information you’re bookmarking.

Have you had success using these apps? Let me know in the comments!