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9 Critical Apps Your Manitoba Small Business Needs

With so many apps available for mobile devices and desktop, how do you pick the right ones for your small business? By no means is this an exhaustive list, but these are 10 of the tried and true apps that small businesses are using today.

  1. Slack

Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It's real-time messaging, archiving and search for teams. You can create topics and invite members which is a real time-saver for communication between teams.  And the best part – it’s free.

  1. Basecamp

This is my favorite project management app for teams. Basecamp helps to wrangle people with different roles, responsibilities and objectives towards a common goal: Finishing a project together.

  1. MailChimp

With MailChimp you can easily manage and create professional email and e-newsletter campaigns.  There are free and paid solutions, and both can be very powerful. The bonus is you can also manage a database of your subscribers with ease, and MailChimp integrates with many  other applications that help run your business.

  1. 1Password

1Password creates strong, unique passwords for every site then remembers each one and logs you in with a single tap.

  1. Trello

Here’s another great project management app that keeps track of everything with the use of ‘boards.’ Trello says “it’s a list of lists filled with cards, used by a team or by yourself.”  Or think of it as a way of organizing Pinterest for team projects.

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  1. OneNote

An app by Microsoft, OneNote works across all your devices. Capture thoughts, ideas and to-dos all in one place. OneNote syncs them to all your devices so you’ll never forget anything again. Unless you forget to put it in OneNote. 😉

  1. Insightly

This is a combination CRM and Project Management app. Insightly is free for up to 2 users with limited integration, and there are a range of paid solutions from there. But considering the costs of traditional CRM platforms, Insightly may be a good route for your small business. 

  1. Square

​Empowering anyone with a smartphone or tablet to easily accept credit card payments. Simple as that.


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What did we miss and which are your favourite small business apps?

Marney Stapley

Marney is the Vice President, North Forge Technology Exchange. The North Forge Technology Exchange provides access to advanced digital fabrication and prototyping equipment with support from entrepreneurial and innovation communities. In her spare time, she helps to shape one of the world's most respected blogs dedicated entirely to Additive Manufacturing / 3D printing. She is also a volunteer for TEDx Winnipeg as a team member who selects and works with engaging speakers.

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