2018 is the year your small business goes from strength to strength. These 8 online tools and apps are designed to help you manage your business, attract more customers, and keep them coming back.
RotaCloud – easy online rota software
Instead of pinning a printed Excel sheet on a notice board for staff to check manually, you can drag-and-drop shifts into your digital rota calendar, and notifications will be pushed to your staff automatically. No more overstaffing, and no more ‘I thought my shift was tomorrow’ excuses! RotaCloud is already used by 1,500 businesses including universities, health authorities, and retailers.
Schedul – completely free booking software for salons
Sometimes good things do come absolutely free. The Schedul calendar tool helps you manage your clients, send out automated reminders before their appointments, and has a point-of-sale already built-in. You don’t even need to pay to upgrade to new services, which is why 40,000 businesses are using it across 120 countries.
TradeGecko – inventory management software
Manage, move, and sell your inventory from one platform. TradeGecko has built-in intelligence tools that predict what’s going to sell and on what sales channels. It also integrates easily with Shopify, Amazon, Woo Commerce and Magento. It’s free for 14 days and you can sign up for the trial without giving them your card details.
FoodIt – set up bookings and orders on your website and app
Set up online orders and bookings on your restaurant or takeaway website, without enlisting the help of an expensive web developer. The designs are easy to build, integrate into your existing site and app, and after the set-up fee, you only pay for it when you start taking orders.
Ring – protect your premises with a video doorbell
Improve security at your premises when you’re not around or closed for the evening. Ring sends instant mobile alerts to your phone if someone is hanging around your premises suspiciously or just has a package to deliver. You can see them with a live HD video stream, and you can even speak to them.
MailChimp – send targeted marketing emails to your customers
Segment your lists of customers cleverly, and you can send them perfectly targeted emails that are more likely to convert. MailChimp works well with any kind of business, from nail salons to garages, because the templates are so customisable. You can use your own colour scheme, logos, and branding with ease.
Magicplan – create professional floor plans in minutes
This app is essential for small business owners remodeling their premises or establishing a new one. Map out your furniture and equipment, estimate costs, and capture the room’s exact measurements all through your phone. Magicplan has been downloaded 13 million times by users all over the world so far.
Spoonfed – boost your catering revenues
If your restaurant or catering business manages large orders and quantities, Spoonfed can make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Order and quote management tools, a delivery schedule mapper, and production planning mean you’ll get every allergy and preference right every time.