Starting a business can be tough, especially if it’s your first time. But keeping things humming along smoothly is arguably a lot harder.
Take employees, for instance. When they arrive at the interview, it’s all smiles and promises about how hard they’ll work. But six months down the line, you’re thinking about ringing up your employment law advice solicitors and finding out how the heck you can get rid of them.
Growing a business, especially a people-heavy business, is difficult. And the main thing that makes it difficult is the people themselves. The good news is that geeks all over the world are working on the problem and looking for ways to solve people issues, all through the power of apps. Let’s take a look at what they’ve come up with. Here are the best apps for managing employees.
To get PayRecord up and running, you’ll have to ask your employees to download the app onto their phones. Once they’ve got it, it allows them to do things like punch in how many hours they’ve spent working and whether they’ve done any overtime or double time. These data can then be imported into your business’s accounting application, like Freshbooks.
The app also has a bunch of other features designed to make your life easier. Employees can enter their expenses, their mileage, lunch money and so on so that you don’t have to.
Gusto is the new and improved name for the app otherwise known as ZenPayroll. The idea behind the app is to help businesses streamline their entire tax, payroll and employee benefits process. There are features on the app that can automate online onboarding processes, as well as a reporting system that tells local authorities and government automatically about any new hires you make. The app currently serves more than 25,000 businesses worldwide.
Addappt is an app that wants to make it easier for businesses to keep track of contact information. If your employees are based all over the world, or if you run a firm that is more of a network than a team of employees, then the app makes staying apprised of people’s personal details a lot easier. So long as team members have the app, they are able to register any changes in their address and phone number and keep you and your team up to date. The app also allows business owners to split up their contacts into different groups and send them messages.
With so many people now working remotely, businesses need a way to get them communicating with each other that is more efficient that bog standard email. The developers behind the app, Slack, think that they have a solution. Their idea is to have a platform that allows managers to split conversations up into separate private and public channels. Users of the channel found that the app helped to reduce email traffic by 48 percent and meetings by 25 percent, making this app one of the rare examples of better communications technology improving efficiency.
The app also comes with a host of other features, including the ability to share images and PDFs, as well as other files over the network. There’s also a facility which automatically archives messages and notifications, as well as the ability to add as many users to the platform as you like.
Slack has a free trial, but you’ll need to pay an ongoing subscription if you want to keep using the service long term.
RescueTime is an app that helps you manage all of your apps and websites. It enables you to keep track on of much you’re spending on things like subscriptions and website hosting. The app is compatible with Linux, Android, PC and Mac and the basic version is free.
If you want the premium version, you’ll have to pay around £50 a year for the privilege.
For years, we’ve had apps that claim to enable business owners better manage their employee’s travel expenses. Now, finally, Tripit has a solution that scales over the cloud. The app allows you to access your itinerary from any device and from any location and consolidate them into a single, master plan.
What’s more, it’s super simple to use. All you do is forward all your travel emails to the app, and it’ll interpret them for you, making travel arrangements on your behalf. The app can also be used to check departure times, as well as arrivals.
Like many other apps in this article, there’s a free 30-day trial. After that, you’ll have to pay a monthly subscription. This subscription amount increases the more users you add.
There’s nothing more annoying than taking on new staff and for them not to be able to do things like take customer payments while they are out. Now, though, the popular app, Square, promises to change all that. Square is essentially a payment app that allows small businesses to take money from people, no matter where they are. It was initially targeted at mobile business, like food trucks, but it’s since expanded into all sorts of other business, like beauty salons and small retailers.
Of course, Square wants to make money off their product, just like everybody else in the card payment industry. Currently, the charge is 2.75 percent of the value of the transaction. That means that if you sell a burger for £10, you’ll wind up paying 27.5 pence in transaction costs. It’s not ideal, but it’s still about what you’d pay if you were using any other form of merchant business banking.
Square can also be used in combination with your ever-popular chip card readers and allows companies to accept Apple Pay and EMV chip cards.
Some of your employees might not have the best organisational skills, especially when it comes to thing like tracking packages. Fortunately, Boxmeup is an app that automates this process, allowing employees to print QR labels to put on packages, as well as keeping tabs on where they are at any given moment in time. This sort of app is ideal for ecommerce businesses.