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5 apps to improve the efficiency of your business

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Apps that help improve the efficiency of your business

Can you remember when you were able to fit everything into your schedule without being pressed for time? For a lot of us, living without constant rush is a distant memory. There never seems to be enough time in the day to accomplish it all. Fortunately, there are ways to buy yourself a little more time with apps designed to improve the efficiency of your business. Saving 5 minutes every day will mean 25 minutes extra time a week, which results in over 100 hours saved per year. These little add-ons make life easier and can enable you to perform your job better and let your business be the best it can be.


Wunderlist can improve your life even if you are fabulous at creating to-do lists already. This free app is very intuitive and easy to use. You can have multiple lists for different areas of your life. The best bit is that you can access these lists from any device as they are saved in the cloud (no more wasting time losing that list with all your important deadline jobs!). The lists can be shared with other people and team members if you are working on joint projects. If you need to have jobs completed in time, all you need to do is set a due date and a reminder to see if the job has been finished or not.

14-day free trial

If you use rostering and need to organise staff you will understand the frustrations with the gaps excel leaves behind. Zenshifts is an online roster which is an easy way to keep your staff up to date and in sync with changes. The cloud-based roster means you can access it anytime from your computer, phone, or tablet. You can try it free today and rest assured that it involves no hardware, no IT involvement and there are no strings attached.

Zenshifts is a more efficient solution when Microsoft Excel isn't enough or when your staff submit their availability to you. It allows you to share your roster through Email and SMS. The cherry on the cake is that you can export your timesheets to a payroll system. Zenshifts is scalable, cost effective and easy to use.

Free for 30 days. Starter plan is $9/month

Small business accounting software that is not available via the cloud can be tedious and time consuming. Cloud software can save your company time and money as you can use the software from any device. The cloud has world class security to keep your data safe (far better than sending files and using a USB). XERO allows you to see your financial position in real time with multi-user access so your team can view and contribute. There is also nothing to install and, best of all, upfront business costs are reduced.


The Duet Display app turns a tethered iPad or iPhone into an extra display for your Mac or Windows PC. It also has new split-screen multitasking support. You can download from the Apple App Store to dedicate any iPad or iPhone display for use as a second monitor. Or you can allocate two-thirds of the display for Mac apps if you own an iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro, while the other third can be used for your favourite split-screen iOS apps. The app allows a portable dual-display setup with zero lag (unlike traditional screen-sharing apps that rely upon Wi-Fi). It is fast enough that you can even watch videos over it if you use a 30-pin or Lightning cable.


If you find de-cluttering your files a daunting task, SortMyBox can easily help you with that! The app helps you clean up and organize all your Dropbox files, so you spend less time digging for what need! The automatic sorting is a much better way to organise your files as it saves time and confusion. DropBox allows you to access files, send documents and share links. With the additional SortMyBox features you can set special filters for different type of files (just like in your email) to avoid the mess later on.

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