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10 Small Business Apps for 2016

February 24, 2016 by Ed Becker

Our lives and our businesses are technology driven. It is just a fact in this era of mobile devices. If there isn’t an app for what you want today, tomorrow there very well could be. Apps make our lives and business easier. You could spend days or weeks researching apps or looking to just see what is new this month. So to stay on topic with this month’s articles in de-stressing and delegating to save time and aggravation we will list some of the best of in business apps currently on the market.


Top Reviewed Business Apps

  1. Slack

Team communication for the 21st century with the ability to have teams and private channels as well as direct messages, share files and have all your tools in one place for everyone. Plans starting at free up to $12.50/per month per user.

  1. Wrike

Project management with practical collaboration. Offers a free trial and plans beginning at $50/month for up to 5 users. Take complex projects and make them simple and accessible to the whole team.

  1. eXo Platform

Collaboration software to keep your teams on the same page. It is open sourced and designed with full features as an enterprise social platform that is highly extensible. Features include collaboration, knowledge, project, content, document and community management with social network and intranet.

  1. Housecall Pro

For field service management, this will take your business to higher levels. Offers a free web demo but no upfront pricing information.

  1. FreshBooks

I am sure most people have heard of this accounting software, it still ranks in the top 10 for business apps/software. It is designed for the non-accountant savvy business persons. They offer a free version as well as paid subscriptions with more features.

  1. FreshDesk

Exceptional customer service app that will streamline your team’s support for customers. Start with a 30-day free trial, but no pricing information past that point. It is put out by FreshBooks so if you already use that and are happy, this should offer good quality.

  1. PlanGrid

For builders, contractors and developers this allows you to get everyone on the same page. Anyone can get the information they need wherever they are, very quickly without down time on the job.

  1. Practice Panther

Simple legal software for modern attorneys. Offers a free trial with monthly plans starting at $29 with free upgrades and no setup or training costs. It is like having your office computer with you 24/7 to check on any client information.

  1. Help Scout

Help desk app that offers a 15-day free trial, streamlines customer support to ensure your team can know who they are speaking with and give them up to date, accurate information. Packages begin at $15/month per user after the free trial period.

  1. TimeSheets

Online timesheet software that is cloud based. It includes timesheets, human resourcing, scheduling and expense tracking. This is a very inclusive app for businesses that need to track many types of expenses, timesheets in and out of the office as well as many other options. It shows a free trial, but does not give pricing information for after the trial.


When you find an app that looks useful, see if there is a free version or a trial period for you to test it out. There are many free apps and open source options available that you should not have to spend much if anything to use them. It is a trial and error kind of deal when you are picking apps, test drive them, if you don’t like it or don’t see a real value then get rid of it and try another one.

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