5 apps that could revolutionise how you do business

The technology and working-life website Lifehacker has put together a list of some very handy apps that can allow you to operate your business on the go – or completely change the way you do things. Here are five of Lifehacker’s favourites.

A note from Synectic:
If your business is using Xero we recommend that you also explore the many available add-ons that will integrate seamlessly with Xero to help you streamline your data. We have noted relevant integrations below.

  1. Deputy

Deputy is an Aussie-made answer for anyone managing casual, part time or shift workers. It handles rostering, can show you who might be available at short notice, acts as a time sheet (employees can tap on or off) and manages payroll. It also acts as an internal communication and employee performance tool.

Available: iOS & Android

Xero integration: Yes

  1. Invoice2go

As its name indicates, this app creates invoices on the go. There are templates to choose from for estimates and purchase orders as well. Best of all it syncs across your devices, creating charts and reports automatically to show you how your business is performing — and who owes you money — at a glance. Lifehacker deems that this app cuts down a lot of time for getting invoices out, which means you can be paid faster.

Available: iOS & Android

Xero integration: No, however there are many great apps in this category which do

  1. Evernote

A note taking tool with a clean interface, tagging tools and searchable text which you can save directly to the cloud and access from any device. It saves websites, typed notes, PDFs, images, handwriting, itineraries, schedules, lists, contacts — if you need to remember it, this is one very handy storage option.

Available: iOS & Android

Xero integration: Evernote with Zapier creates invoices from new notes in Evernote, and creates new Evernote notes from invoices

  1. Timely

Operating a business that relies on appointments can sometimes be tricky to manage. Timely syncs with your other calendars (iCal, Google Calendar and Outlook) and then books and tracks appointments, records, histories and personal notes of clients. It helps manage your client database and can send out SMS reminders too.

Available: iOS

Xero integration: Yes

  1. Vend

You might have seen this app or something similar down at your local coffee haunt. You no longer have to fork out, or sacrifice space, for a big cash register. Vend turns your iPad into a cash register. Lifehacker says it is fast and easy to use, works for all payment methods, and will even run a customer loyalty program.

Available: iOS

Xero integration: Yes