Apps aren't just for social media and gaming anymore. Small business owners, freelancers and side-hustlers rely on business-ready apps to help them stay organized, productive and connected. We checked out some of the hottest new business apps on the market, as well as some of our old favorites, to bring you our top 10 best Android apps for work.
These apps include powerful add-ons, existing SaaS (software as a service) products, and one-off applications that are free and easy to use. No matter your business size or needs, these 10 apps are worth a look.
If you don't already use QuickBooks and you're in the market for an affordable, user-friendly accounting solution, we highly recommend trying it out. The company offers a free 30-day trial, and even users with the entry-level SaaS subscription ($10 per month) get full access to the mobile QuickBooks app. Through the app, you can access customer information, send invoices, save photos of receipts, manage late invoices, send email estimates, track expenses and more. [Interested in small business accounting software? Check out our best picks, which include QuickBooks as our favorite overall.]
Another outstanding Intuit app for SMBs, Gusto offers an all-in-one place to manage payroll, benefits and human resources. Unlike other payroll solutions, Gusto was built specifically for small businesses, and the bright visual interface is easy to use even if you have no experience with payroll software. The Core (entry-level) Gusto plan starts at $39 a month (plus $6 for each additional user), and the mobile app is included in that price.
TSheets is, you guessed it, also an Intuit solution, but that's not why we included it on this list. TSheets is hands-down one of the best time-tracking software solutions out there for SMBs, and the app makes mobile access a breeze. With this SaaS and app combo, you can officially get rid of paper timesheets and manual time entry. If your business has lots of remote or field workers, you'll love the GPS location tracking, which allows you to view employee location data, and the timeclock function, which uses facial recognition to confirm identity. TSheets also makes it easy to create and disseminate employee schedules and integrate with any other Intuit products you use. The entry-level subscription is $25 a month (plus $5 for each additional user), and the app is included.
Even the tiniest businesses can accept credit cards thanks to Square. Once you download the free app, you can sign up to receive a credit card reader dongle (for free) in the mail. Once the dongle arrives, you can plug it directly into your Android device, and voila, you have a portable POS system at your disposal. While there are similar apps out there, Square is our favorite because it's easy to use and the flat-rate pricing (regardless of card type and whether you run a card as credit or debit) is ideal for small businesses.
One of the first major communication apps, Skype is still our favorite free small business app for hosting video conference calls and chatting in general. You can take Skype on the go with the Android app, which allows you to use the front-facing camera on your phone or tablet and stay connected with your team no matter where you (or they) are. One of Skype's best features is the ability to call non-Skype users, and even international numbers, at a competitive rate through the Skype Credit program.
Slack is a free (with optional paid tiers) chat app that's ideal for teams. You can create channels for different topics or members, send direct messages, host video calls without leaving the app, search archived conversations, and drag and drop images, videos and PDFs. One major reason Slack is so popular with SMBs is because it can integrate with more than 1,500 different apps, including Salesforce, Dropbox, Google Drive, Concur, Asana and Trello.
Zoho makes lots of great business apps, and Zoho One offers business users access to all 40 of them for one flat rate ($30 per user per month). While this cost may seem high for an app bundle, Zoho's products are packed with functionality and just as easy to use on a laptop or desktop as they are on a mobile device. While it's impossible to cover every task Zoho One can handle, the outstanding tools are CRM, reporting, a sales mail client, social media management, helpdesk ticketing, web conferencing, project management, presentation tools, inventory management, payroll and more.
Trello is a free app (with optional paid tiers) that's a must-download for entrepreneurs, side-hustlers and professionals who want to stay organized at the office and at home. The lightweight project management features allow you to create workflows and invite other users to collaborate on projects. Users can also assign tasks to themselves (and others), comment on ongoing projects, attach relevant files from Google Drive or Dropbox, and upload photos and videos. There's also a handy checklist for to-dos, boards to organize multiple projects side by side, and the ability to work offline.
Another organizational powerhouse, Evernote is one of the most popular free, business-friendly apps out there. Evernote is ideal for organizing your personal and professional life side by side, thanks to the ability to create different notebooks, clip web articles, insert media (including video), search old notes based on keywords, share notebooks for collaboration while locking down private notes, create to-do lists and perform lightweight project management, scan documents with your camera, create and search handwritten notes, and access info across all your devices. Evernote is increasingly adding functionality for team collaboration and third-party integrations, and the paid features are worth checking out.
This free app is super simple compared to the others on our list, but it's an invaluable tool for SMB owners, freelancers and contractors. CamScanner makes it easy to scan documents using the camera on your Android device. You can then save those documents as PDFs and email or download them directly from the app. The interface takes a minute to get used to, but for a free scanning app, CamScanner is top-notch.