Business Boost | 25 May 2018 - by Ian Midgley

Apps that help small businesses to thrive

There are tons of helpful apps out there that can enable your business to hire faster, communicate with your employees easier, and even generate more revenue. We’ve compiled a short list of some of the best apps on the market to give you an idea of where to start.


Slack is an app similar to popular messaging apps like WhatsApp and Discord, but it’s focused mainly on businesses. It enables you to reduce back-and-forth emails, as it’s a real-time messaging, archiving and collaborative tool for teams, especially helpful when people are based in different places.

Slack’s business app offers an array of options, including direct messaging, group chats and private channels that can only be joined by invitation. It also allows you to drag and drop files, so you can easily share information without having to switch back to email.

Users love that you can divide your conversations by topics, and that it’s quick and easy to utilise on the go.


This accounting app can automatically handle tasks that used to take up all of your time. Xero helps you get your books done faster, feel confident in your numbers and add more to your software.

Extremely versatile, it allows you to take care of your business on the go, on any device. With all of your data stored safely in one place, it’s easy to get a quick look at how your business is doing. You can also invite your accountant or bookkeeper into Xero to ensure you meet all of your tax obligations.

Additionally, you can look after your staff with Xero Payroll and drive profitability on your projects with Xero Projects. It’s simple to access your data and Xero tools from anywhere – just connect to the internet and away you go!


Evernote is a great tool for organising all of the notes you need to jot down about your business, as well as your to-do lists. The app automatically syncs your data across both mobile and desktop devices, giving you quick and easy access to your documents.

Evernote’s business app also makes it easy to store additional media, enabling you to quickly scan or clip web articles and images. Another perk of this app is that it still works on your mobile devices even when you’re not online.


Dropbox is the perfect tool to keep all your business files safe, synced and easy to share. It’s a brilliant organisational and collaborative tool for teams, and it only downloads files when you need them, so it won’t use up all of your storage.

More than 500 million companies currently use Dropbox to store and share files for their business. Don’t you think it’s time you joined them?