mobile-appsFor those of us that cannot live without our mobile devices, having the right apps is a must. You can be productive and get a lot done while away from the office as long as you have the right tools. The below guest post tells us some about some free apps that small businesses can benefit from. I’m sure that I am not alone in saying that I use most of these. In fact I use 5 of the 8 apps. And I will be checking out the others.


Small businesses can be infinitely rewarding, but they definitely take work. Starting them up is no easy task, and maintaining a steady flow of business is just as challenging. Luckily, technology is always developing and providing small business owners with opportunities to make the best of what they have. Thankfully we have the Internet, and there are always web apps popping up to help out business owners. Here is a list of the best out there:

1. Evernote

If you’ve ever tried keeping notes on a simple pen and paper, you know that sometimes things get lost and then you may be out of very important information. With Evernote, you’ll never have to worry about that again. It syncs with both your phone and computer, so you’ll always have access to your notes and lists.

2. GMail

Email is essential in today’s workplace, and Google’s Gmail is one of the most popular email services online and with good reason. Not only is it free, but GMail introduced the concept of tagging email messages allowing messages to be filed in multiple categories instead of just one as with traditional email folders. Gmail also easily syncs with just about every desktop and mobile email client under the sun. If you’re looking for a good email service for your new business Gmail is the way to go.

3. Asna

Asna is a task list manager which allows you to assign tasks to different team members, set due dates, and even allows you to upload documents. Asna is free for teams up to 30 people.

4. Expensify

Expensify is great free expense tracking app which can automate your expense tracking if you chose by tracking purchase you make with your credit card and bank account. You can also import receipts simply by taking photos. The site recently introduced invoicing and bill management.

5. PayPal

PayPal is a widely used payment system which is great for any start up. Signing up is easy and free. The company makes money by taking a small fee from each transaction. All you need to send and receive payments is an email address and a bank account or credit/debit card.

6. Google Drive

Drive is Google’s online office suite and cloud storage system. In addition to making it easy to store and share files Drive gives users the ability to collaborate on documents in real time, making it a go to solution for many users.

7. MailChimp

Even in the age of Social Networks for many companies email marketing remains one of the most effective ways to generate leads. MailChimp lets you easily create and manage email campaigns with a drag and drop editor, segment your subscribers, and view campaign analytics.

8. Yammer

Yammer is the social network for your company. The Microsoft owned Yammer was reportedly being used by 85% of Fortune 500 companies in 2012. Users signing up with your company’s domain name are automatically added to your company’s network. Yammer users can send each other messages, photos, and documents, as well as create groups and polls. Yammer can also integrate with a number of other popular web apps such as Expensify.


Wardell Latham is a freelance writer for Virtual Office Chicago. Virtual Office Chicago can help your business succeed by providing you the tools you need when you need them, and eliminating much of the overhead of a traditional office space.