16 Hot Mobile Apps for Small Businesses

Mobile Apps

It’s become easy to run a company from the confines of your smartphone.

Raminta Lilaite of Blue Oceans PR hit us up with a list of 16 small business management apps, and we took her up on the offer.

Below are plenty of mobile applications from team conferencing to task management that a partner can recommend to its customer — or perhaps use for its own day-to-day operations.

All rates listed are on a per-month basis unless stated otherwise.

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1. Tipi

Team Communication
Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows, Mac OS, Linux
Price: Free version with 1 GB of file storage, $4.99 per user to add private folders and 5 GB of file storage per user

From Blue Oceans: "Tipi is the newest team communications tool. It encourages asynchronous communications model where people do not need to respond to messages in real-time. This boosts productivity, team alignment and optimizes the time and resources. Some of the main features include real-time chat, private and public folders, and convenient integration with email. The app has a cool feedback feature that can help increase team engagement."
2. Slack

Category: Team Communication
Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows (via Web), MacOS (via Web)
Price: Free version with limited messaging and integrations, $6.67 per user for unlimited messaging and integrations and group calls, $12.50 per user to add guaranteed uptime and 24/7 Slack support and single-sign-on (SSO)

From Blue Oceans: 
"One the most widely used team communication apps, best known for facilitating instant communication between team members and fun integration of tools like Giphy to get your cat-photo fix of the day. In some circles, however, it is receiving some backlash for it being too addictive — with teams spending a lot of time chatting about work as opposed to getting work done."
3. Join.Me

Team Communication
Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows, MacOS
Price: Free version, expanded versions of $10/user, $20/user and $30/user with increasing conference participant capacity, storage and SSO

From Blue Oceans: 
"An easy-to-use voice and video conferencing solution. Even though Skype remains the most popular voice and video communication tool around the world, is a great alternative for those who need advanced voice/video meeting capabilities, including instant screen share, file transfer, internet calling, meeting tools (annotation, presenter swap), Salesforce integration and more."
4. Trello

Task Management
Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows, MacOS
Pricing: Free version, $9.99/user for business class with increased storage and security, $20.83/user for enterprise category with even more storage, SSO and multifactor authentication

From Blue Oceans: "An app that can help your team manage multiple projects in an easy to navigate platform. In essence, the app allows creating and assigning project tasks that are organized as movable cards. Organizes what you are working on by creating, assigning, updating and monitoring how different tasks are being completed."
5. Zenkit

Task Management
Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows, MacOS, Linux
Pricing: Free version, $9/ user for up to 20 members, $29/user for unlimited users and collections, customizable enterprise price

From Blue Oceans: "Zenkit integrates a lot of work organization tools into one. It offers both a Kanban board, mind mapping tool, a to-do list and a calendar. It is essentially a project management resource library that helps with both task management, scheduling, resource allocation and even budgeting. People who like making ‘To Do lists’ swear by this app.
6. Basecamp

Project Management
Platforms: iOS, Android, MacOS, PC
Pricing: $99 per team

From Blue Oceans: "Basecamp helps organize your team work flow by compiling the information into projects. You can discuss the project progress in a chatroom or a messaging board, upload files, create ’to do’ lists and make use of a calendar to mark the important project dates.
7. Carrot

Category: Task Management
Platforms: iOS
Pricing: $2.99/user for the to-do app or $15.99 for the six-app Carrot bundle

From Blue Oceans: 
"A to-do list with a personality. If you need a nudge to complete tasks, Carrot can certainly help with motivation. All you have to do is get things done to get rewarded. You don’t want to know what happens if you don’t complete the tasks at hand. The carrot does not like slackers."
8. Parallels Toolbox 

Platforms: Windows, MacOS
Pricing: $19.99 per user per year or $79.99 per team per year

From Blue Oceans: "Parallels Toolbox helps speed up a variety of simple tasks by offering a plethora of tools that you can access with an individual or team account. Access a number of tools that can help speed up building presentations, perform screen captures, launch several apps with one click, or archive files in bulk and more."
9. Astro Mail

Platforms: iOS, Android, Mac OS
Pricing: Currently free but developing a paid version

From Blue Oceans: "AI-powered application that can take care of your emails from multiple accounts, prioritizing emails by way of importance, while cleaning up the email box from unnecessary clutter. Interesting features include smart notifications, email snoozing and calendar customization."
10. Fuze

Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OS
Pricing: Available upon request

From Blue Oceans: "High-definition, cloud-based video conferencing tool that integrates messaging and convenient file upload system in hopes of enhancing collaboration for an ever growing mobile workforce."
11. Pocket

Platforms: iOS, Android, Kobo, Web Browser
Pricing: Free version, $45/year for ad-free version

From Blue Oceans: "If you go through a lot of published content and want to save articles or even app content for later reading, Pocket is an app that allows you to do that. Save links to news pages, images, videos and pretty much anything online to come back to access it later via a neat panel."
12. Tripit

Category: Travel Organizer
Platforms: iOS, Android
Pricing: Team price goes from $29 total per month for companies of 10 or fewer employees to $159 for companies of more than 50 employees.

From Blue Oceans: "TripIt is a tool that can consolidate all of your travel plans into an organized itinerary that can be accessed on any device. TripIt app collects all the travel information you’d email it. Later on, when it’s trip time, you could access organized information along with helpful location based travel tips about the weather, directions and so on."
13. Evernote

Category: Time-Saving
Platforms: iOS, Android
Pricing: Free personal version and $12.50/user business verion.

From Blue Oceans: "Users can make, save or upload personal notes, images, audio, video and more into the app with easy sharing capabilities. You can easily scan your documents, receipts, notes, pictures, whiteboards or other text, or save information found online — neatly saving as high quality jpegs or PDFs that can be shared and sent quickly to your work team members."
14. Proven

Human Resources
Platforms: iOS, Android, Web
Pricing: $99 for one job, $79 for five jobs, $59 for 10 jobs

From Blue Oceans: "Proven is an app that consolidates your HR-related tasks. Proven helps you post your job listings to multiple job boards with one click on your phone. Once you start receiving responses to your listing, you can look through the application responses in the same platform — categorizing the candidate applicants into “yes,” “no” and “maybe” categories, noting when you need to follow up with a candidate."
15. Canva

Category: Design
Platforms: iOS, Android, Web
Pricing: Free editor, $12.95 Canva for Work version, customized price for enterprises of more than 30 employees

From Blue Oceans: "Canva is a fast design solution that can save you time. Rather than designing from scratch, a virtual design platform allows you to choose from a huge selection of template layouts, design elements and a huge library of images."
16. Hootsuite

Social Media Management
iOS, Android, Web
$19 for one user and 10 social profiles, $99 for three users and 20 social profiles, customized price for enterprises

From Blue Oceans: "The Hootsuite App allows businesses or individuals to schedule posts for various social media accounts, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn. You can monitor your social account status and measure the impact of your campaigns by using Hootsuite’s reports."

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