At Clear Books, our reason for being is to save small businesses time, so we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite time-saving apps for you to try out!

1. Wunderlist 

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Wunderlist, which has recently been bought by Microsoft, is a great app for keeping all of your to-do lists and tasks in one place. It’s easy to use, looks good, and makes it simple to manage both personal and work commitments.

2. Citymapper  

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For those of you who live in London, Citymapper can be a lifesaver for when you need to get quickly from A to B. You can also use it on holiday in certain major cities across the world. It has real-time transport information and even tells you how many calories you burn if you walk instead!

3. Hootsuite 

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While a strong social media presence is important for most businesses, it can be time-consuming to keep all platforms constantly updated. Hootsuite allows you to manage all of your accounts in one place and automatically schedules tweets and posts for you.

4. Hipchat 

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While email is an essential tool too, in a busy office a quick instant message can be  much more practical for receiving a quick answer and getting things done. The speed and ease of use helps keep projects moving and productivity high.

5. Lastpass

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Lastpass saves all of your passwords in one place so you don’t have to worry about remembering them yourself. You can use it for personal accounts or create a communal work account so everyone who needs to can access important information anywhere, any time.

6. Google Docs 

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Never worry about forgetting to save a document again with cloud-based Google Docs. It has pretty much all of the functionality of Microsoft Office but makes sharing much easier and, as it’s cloud-based, there’s no need to panic if your computer crashes.

7. Uber

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While there has been some controversy around this app,  if you’re looking for a taxi in a hurry, Uber is convenient and cheap. As you pay for every journey securely through the app, you don’t need to worry about carrying  enough cash. You can also rate drivers to ensure a high level of passenger safety is maintained.

8. Just Eat 

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If you’re working late at the office with your team, or just fancy having a group lunch, Just Eat makes it easy to order a wide range of foods all from one simple app, putting an end to searching through dozens of sites or rummaging through drawers full of old menus.

9. Evernote 

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Evernote is a beautifully designed place for you to collect  inspiration, ideas and links you want to come back to. It’s easy to collaborate between teams and create separate spaces for different projects. There’s even a version especially for businesses.

10. Whatsapp

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Whatsapp is a handy free messenger service that can be used across different mobile devices, as opposed to systems such as iMessage which is only useful for those who own an Apple device. You can also create groups to include the whole team and share images, videos, and voice messages.

11. Google Analytics

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If you want to quickly and easily track your website’s success and rankings, Google Analytics is essential. Monitor your traffic and keep an eye on how potential customers discover your business, as well as tracking your most popular pages and posts — they might not be the ones you think!

12. Post-it Plus

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Post-its have become virtual! The famous manufacturer of sticky notes is now online too. If you’ve had an inspiring brainstorming session, keep the momentum going with this app which allows you to combine, structure and formulate ideas so they’re easy to share and develop.

13. Eternity Time Log

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If you get to the end of every day wondering where the time went, Eternity Time Log can help you get organised. Track where you spend your time throughout the day and make changes to stop you procrastinating. It also helps to make sure you’re keeping a healthy balance between work and leisure time.

14. Clear Books

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If you’re reading this, you’ve probably tried Clear Books and experienced first hand how Clear Books’ Accounting, HR and Payroll apps can save your business time. If not, why not take a 30 day free trial today and see for yourself!

Have we missed any? Let us know which time-saving apps you can’t live without in the comments!

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Posted by Darren Taylor

Darren is a Marketing Manager specialising in Digital Marketing

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