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Running a small business requires wearing many hats, ranging from finance wizard to marketing genius. Why not take some of the load off? Technology can help us do a lot of things, including running a business. Business apps can be particularly helpful for smaller businesses with limited resources. Here are some business apps that can help you be more productive in 2019, organized by category.

Best Accounting Apps

Keeping track of your business' finances can be complicated, especially if you're not a trained professional. Let these business apps keep you organized and on top of bookkeeping.

1. Expensify

Expensify is one of the best expense-tracking apps out there for small-business owners looking for a basic tool. One of its most praised features is its ability to extract line items from pictures of receipts and produce expense reports. While it can perform many functions, it is best suited to businesses with one or multiple employees that travel frequently. It isn't as robust as other accounting apps on the market, but Expensify's simplicity is its strength.

Price: Free for up to five SmartScans; exact pricing varies

2. InDinero

InDinero is a robust yet affordable accounting software platform that automates all of your business' day-to-day bookkeeping needs. The program is operated by a team of bookkeepers that serve as an extension of the company, providing expert financial insights and reports. It can even predict future cash flow based on past data. They pride themselves on growing with small businesses, making them perfectly scalable if you hope to grow exponentially in the coming years.

Price: Plans start at $295/month

3. Wave

This all-in-one accounting software platform is a one-stop-shop for everything finance. The beauty of Wave is that it expertly combines all of the great features of Expensify and InDinero, but has a robust free plan that is perfect for freelancers and small businesses that are just getting off the ground. Wave offers sales tracking, invoicing, mobile receipt tracking, employee payment, account reporting, and more. You can even pay for pro bookkeeping services if needed.

Price: Free with premium upgrades

Best Marketing Apps

These business apps will help you speak to your customers through brand building, customer relationship management, and general awareness.

1. Canva

Need some professionally-designed marketing materials but don't have a graphic designer on hand? Save yourself the time and money of hiring a freelancer and simply use Canva. This handy tool uses attractive templates and an intuitive interface to create beautiful visual content for your business, ranging from Instagram posts to stunning brochures. You can even utilize Canva for basic photo editing and stock photography shopping.

Price: Free with premium upgrades

2. MailChimp

This easy-to-use email marketing tool is a go-to for small businesses for a reason. It offers easy-to-use templates and intuitive drag-and-drop email building that basically anyone can use to create a professional-grade email. It also allows you to automate your email campaigns and track your subscribers so you can make the most out of your communications. Additionally, MailChimp offers easy integration with many popular e-commerce tools.

Price: Free with premium upgrades

Best Project Management and Communication Apps

Keeping everyone organized and on the same page is essential for knocking your work out of the park. These business apps can help you ensure open communication and task management among your team.

1. Asana

Want to work efficiently without the fuss of learning how to use a complex project management system? Then Asana might just be for you. Perfect for communicating and tracking tasks among teams, this unique app allows you to follow the progress of a project by using "boards." On these boards you can share tasks, notes, files, and deadlines without the burden of email. It also offers plenty of helpful integrations with larger programs like Google Drive, Dropbox, and Slack to make it more robust.

Price: Free with premium upgrades

2. Fuze

Fuze is a video chatting app that allows your team members from across the globe to stay in touch with only a few clicks. This business app is similar to Skype, but with much more robust, business-facing features. Some of these features include robust content sharing capabilities and numerous integrations with other business apps. Some consider it more secure than Skype.

Price: Free with premium upgrades

3. Trello

This simple project management app allows visibility into the progress of each and every project. Using lists, cards, and boards, Trello gives you insight into what tasks have been done, which tasks need to be done, and who is working on each task. Trello's flexibility is its primary strength, allowing virtually any business to utilize and adapt the tool for their specific purposes.

Price: Free with premium upgrades

Best Security Apps

In today's world of constant data breaches and compromised security, keeping your information (and your business' information) secure is more important than ever before. Let these apps help you keep sensitive info on lock-down.

1. DocuSign

Working with remote employees, freelancers, or third party vendors? Don't fuss with mailing or faxing contracts back and forth. With DocuSign, you can easily collect signatures and other sensitive information in an easy, secure way. It even integrates with other popular business apps and platforms, including Salesforce  (CRM - Get Report) and Google (GOOG - Get Report) .

Price: Plans start at $10 per month

2. LastPass

It's important to have unique, complex passwords to safeguard all of your accounts. But how can you possibly remember all of them? With LastPass, you don't have to. This unique tool stores all of your passwords in a vault, which you can access with one master password. This means you only have to remember one password. Ever. It will also generate secure passwords for all of your accounts, making them nearly impossible to hack. LastPass even has a tool that allows you to share passwords with certain people and then revoke access when needed, making it perfect for sharing accounts with your employees.

Price: Free with premium upgrades

Best Time Management Apps

You know what they say: Time is money. Utilize your time better and work smarter using these business apps.

1. RescueTime

Need to track the time you spend doing essential tasks vs. the time you spend scrolling through your social media feeds? Then RescueTime might be the perfect app for you. This personal analytics app allows you to see weekly reports of how you spend time on the internet, mobile device, and more. It also allows you to set goals for how you spend your time so you can build better digital habits and get more work done.

Price: Free with premium upgrades

2. Time Doctor

Need to track the time and work that your employees put in? Consider investing in Time Doctor. This handy app allows you to not only track how many billable hours your employees are working, but also how they are working. With robust reporting tools and screenshot monitoring of worker time, you are sure to increase overall productivity with Time Doctor.

Price: $9.99 per user a month

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