Apps are the way forward if you want to work from anywhere and at any time. Taking advantage of the numerous tools and business-friendly apps can truly transform and change the way you operate your business in many ways. From working freely from any location at any given time, increasing productivity, getting your staff to work in sync, improving your profitability to simplifying the way your customers reach you and make payments. We have certainly seen our business grow since its online launch thanks to some of these apps.
We have listed 7 mobile apps African businesses need to use to grow their businesses.
Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It is a small business collaboration and real-time messaging tool that has gained enormous popularity around the world over the past few months.
Slack is worth $1bn and it is well-liked because it has indeed changed the way we work. It is ideal for small businesses and it is also used by some of the most progressive companies in the world including AirBnB, BuzzFeed, ebay, HBO, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and DowJones. It allows companies to create various communication channels within their businesses for marketing, sales or operations, and to use these channels to effectively communicate with their teams, or even suppliers and partner businesses. The app is quote easy to use. You can check out the help page for help or some tutorials on You tube. Slack makes all communications easily searchable, and channels include messages, file and comment sharing, and image and video sharing. You can even integrate your Twitter, Dropbox and Google Drive to the app.
2. MS Office 365
We recommend MS Office 365 ideally African entrepreneurs. It allows access for up to five users via PC, Mac, Tablet or smartphone, you get up to 1TB of cloud data storage, 60 minutes of Skype calls per month and access all your trusted programmes including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. This will make it easy to have a digital office and make sure that you and your team are on the same page and monitor their works across the various programmes.
Pastel My Business Online is a full online and integrated accounting application that is loved by small businesses and start-ups the world over. Easy to use and helps you to be hands-on with your business.
It offers dashboards, graphs and drill-downs to any transaction to give you and your accountant an overview of your business finances at any time via the Internet or via your smartphone. You can also track customer sales history and supplier purchases, you can upload bank statement to help you manage your banking and cash flow, or process quotes and send directly to customers.
The system allows you to search for and contact your clients directly from your smartphone and contains map links that can help you find your way to your customers’ offices — it really is built for business people on the go.
iKhokha is a mobile Point of Sale (mPOS) system. When you join iKhokha as a merchant, you will get The Edge, a tiny, compact card reader that plugs into your Apple or Android smartphone. Once you’ve made a sale, your customer can swipe his or her debit or credit card, input their PIN safely and securely and pay for your product right there on the spot.
SnapScan is a popular South African mobile payment system that is powered by Standard Bank. It is free to download and use. SnapScan can be used with any MasterCard and VISA credit or cheque card, as well as selected debit cards, issued by any bank in South Africa.
The good thing is that It allows your customers to pay for your goods and services via their mobile phones by simply taking a photo of your SnapScan QR code or punching in the amount they need to pay. The customer is freed from paying with cash or card, and once the transaction is made, they’ll be notified either via SMS or their PoS system that the transaction was successful.
WeChat is another mobile instant messaging (MIM) service that we think African businesses should have. With WeChat you can set up Official Accounts for users to share marketing content, highlight promotions and connect with fans of their brand.
The app supports text and video chat, video calling, photo or video and location sharing, and allows users to broadcast messages to wide audiences or send smaller group messages. Wechat is also useful because you can use it to build the company’s mini website.
GetApp is home to a wide selection of reviews, previews, comparisons and industry articles on more than 3 000 business apps and helps you find the app that’s best suited to your business through its business app search function.
We want to know which mobile apps you are already using to increase the productivity in your work. Hit the comment button to recommend more apps for African businesses.
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