5 of the best apps for keeping Australian SMEs organised

Are you often left wondering how Australian entrepreneurs stay organised after starting their own business? New owners have many day-to-day responsibilities and keeping on top of things can seem like an insurmountable task.

Disarray can lead to poor productivity, lost business opportunities and increased stress, so let's explore some of the best apps for keeping Australian SMEs organised.

1. RescueTime

Have you ever calculated how long you spend each day on Facebook or Twitter? Are projects taking you longer than expected? Well, RescueTime is one of the best start-up apps for Australian entrepreneurs looking to optimise time management.

The program runs quietly in the background of your phone or computer, tracking your activity to see how long you spend on each task. Detailed reports help you analyse your behaviour and minimise periods of poor productivity.

2,704 hours of time for a whole year, categorized and rendered in laser cut wood. (Thanks, @glowforge!)

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2. Toggl

Toggl is another time-management app, but with a streamlined interface for people who want a quick and easy way to track activity.

Simply type in the task you're performing and press the start timer. Once you're finished, click stop. If you're looking for more advanced features, you can also set up projects, assign responsibilities and follow progress on tasks.

3. Evernote

Evernote is a cross-platform note-taking app that helps Australian entrepreneurs stay organised in multiple ways.

It's highly synchronised nature means that you can store links, quotes, journal entries, meeting transcriptions and a multitude of other pieces of content in a central location across many devices. Take advantage of the sophisticated search function to find and share information from anywhere, at any time.

What else? #NotetakingAddict :@grantdraws

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4. Deputy

Australian SME owners may have to handle HR responsibilities themselves, which can be a significant drain on the workday. Deputy is a workforce management app designed for start-ups that want to streamline this process.

The app offers rota software for producing and publishing work schedules for staff; time and attendance features; communication and collaboration tools; and task-assigning options.

5. QuickBooks

Many Australian entrepreneurs swear by QuickBooks as one of the best apps for keeping SME accounting more organised.

This cloud-based program has enough features to fill an entire article of its own, but here is a quick rundown of the key modules:

  • Income and expenses tracking;
  • Tax deductions;
  • Invoicing and payments;
  • Sales and sales tax monitoring;
  • Reports and estimates; and
  • Bill management.

Do you need more help staying organised?

Apps can only take you so far when it comes to organising your business. So if you're looking for further guidance, consider advisory services from an established accounting firm.

WMC Accounting can help entrepreneurs who are starting their own business in many ways. Please contact us today if you'd like to learn more.

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