Check out these customer-service and accounting apps.
Business owners know relationships are everything, but with all the unpredictability that comes with running a company, it can be difficult to give contacts the attention they deserve. Insightly helps employers manage relationships by collecting and storing information about partners and consumers via the web and past correspondence, so they can easily access background information when needed. The app also integrates with a number of products for seamless use and doubles as a project-management tool. Free with premium options. insightly.com.
If you haven’t heard of Xero, think of it as QuickBooks 2.0. The cloud-based accounting software is made for small businesses and can be accessed anytime on any device. In addition to calculating payroll, the inexpensive tool also processes invoices and quotes, imports and categorizes transactions, tracks inventory, schedules payments and manages expenses (among other things). Already using QuickBooks? No worries—you can transfer your data from QuickBooks to Xero within three hours. Starts at $6.30 per month. xero.com.