You work hard running your small business, so let your Android smartphone or tablet help you by downloading the right apps. Desktop PC apps keep you on top of things at the office, but why stay chained to your desk when you have a powerful computer right in your pocket?
Read on for 10 of the best Android apps to help you run a better small business.
1. Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) - Free
Microsoft Word can be used on your Android phone or tablet to create, edit, view and share your work files. You can even edit Word docs that come through email and to make PDFs. Office 365 users can connect their accounts for real-time collaboration and cloud storage. If this app works for you, consider downloading the stand-alone apps for PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote.
2. Google Drive (Free)
Google Drive is a great option for storing files and documents online, so they're backed up and accessible from anywhere on any Android device with an internet connection. Every edit you make in a Google Drive document automatically backs. If you're a G Suite user, consider also downloading the productivity apps that tie into Drive, including Docs, Sheets, Slides and Photos.
3. Microsoft Remote Desktop (Free)
For small business owners, Microsoft's Remote Desktop app is a reliable – and secure – way to connect remotely to your work PC from your Android phone or tablet. It's also a simple way to use your Windows applications on the go. For example, you can take advantage of the full desktop versions of Microsoft Word or Excel right from your smartphone or tablet to view and edit documents from anywhere.
4. QuickBooks for Android (Free with Quickbooks desktop subscription, starting at $12.95)
QuickBooks offers solid accounting tools to help you track and manage your finances. The Android app isn't a fully-featured, mobile version of the QuickBooks desktop application; think of it as a mobile companion app with useful tools to help you track sales, send out invoices and review recent payments when you’re away from the office. It requires a QuickBooks subscription, but a free 30-day trial is available.
5. Square Register (Free)
No business is too small to accept credit cards, and you don't need a lot of special equipment to do it. Once you download the Square Register app, you can sign up to receive a credit card reader dongle free in the mail. Just plug the dongle into the headphone jack on your iPhone, and swipe a credit card to start processing payments on the go. The app also allows you to enter credit card information manually. Square takes a cut of every payment, but face it: If your business doesn't accept credit cards, you are losing out on business.
6. AirDroid (Free)
Checking your smartphone for messages from clients or employees can break your concentration and make your productivity plummet. That’s where AirDroid comes in. Just install the app on your Android smartphone, then install the desktop client on your computer to read and send texts and view call logs on the big screen you’re already focused on. The app also makes it easy to quickly add or remove files from your phone’s internal storage.
7. Skype (Free)
If you need a solid video conferencing app to meet remotely with employees or clients, it's hard to beat the service that's synonymous with video chat. The Skype app for Android lets you make video calls using the front-facing camera on your handset. The platform is flexible, so you can connect with users on nearly any device. And if you're away from the office, it can virtually drop you into a staff meeting.
8. Business Calendar (Free)
Our favorite calendar app for Android is appropriately named Business Calendar. We particularly like how the app makes it easy to zero in on specific chunks of your schedule just by dragging your finger over multiple days, narrowing the view to include only that time period. From there, it’s easy to scope out your work week or add ongoing projects to your calendar. You can color code events with one tap, making it easy to scan your schedule at a glance. Plus, Business Calendar has tons of options for setting reminders based on time, date and even your physical location, with the help of your phone’s GPS sensor. That will make it easy to remember to stop at the post office when you happen to be nearby.
9. Concur (Free)
As a companion for your existing Concur subscription, the Android app version can help your business easily track business travel and manage expenses reports. Not only can you take pictures of receipts to get them automatically added to your system, but you can book your travel and integrate with TripIt and TripIt Pro.
10. Salesforce (Free)
As an extension of your company's Salesforce subscription, the Salesforce1 app brings together the service's Chatter, CRM, apps and processes into your Android smartphone. You can use this app to customize apps and deploy new functionality; plus, you can stay up to the minute on notifications and alerts.
Additional reporting by Brett Nuckles