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7 Apps Your Small Business Needs This EOFY.

#1 Expensify 

Expensify allows you to track your mileage, receipts and time to allow you to easily produce expense reports

Expensify’s features include:

  • Accounting integrations including Quickbooks and Xero
  • Reimbursement options for employees
  • Credit card upload
  • Corporate card options
  • Next day direct deposits
  • Time and mileage tracker
  • Receipt capture
  • Global currency converter
  • Production and distribution of expense reports
  • And more

Read more about Expensify here!

 

#2 QuickBooks 

Quickbooks is an app that will help your small business, especially around EOFY time.

Quickbooks is a ‘smarter’ business tool that allows you to control all of your small business’s financial operations from one application. Sync Quickbooks to your bank account to ensure your files are always up to date which will help you get more organised and allow you to track every dollar that comes in and out of your business.

Quickbooks will allow you to control everything listed below all in one place:

  • Invoicing
  • Payroll
  • Tax
  • GST
  • Payments
  • Reports
  • Automatic calculations
  • Timesheets
  • And more

Read more on how you can get your small business in order here!

 

#3 Slack 

The next app that your small business needs is Slack.

Slack is a collaboration hub that will offer your employees a space to share documents, videos, images, feedback and face to face communication.

Slack can connect to over 1,000 other applications including Dropbox and Google Drive to bring all of your files together in one, easy to access place.

Slack also has security features so you can ensure your work is kept safe and private.

Read more about this app here!

 

#4 FreshBooks

FreshBooks is an iOS application that will help you get all your small business’s financial matters organised.

This app allows you to produce and personalise all your invoices and allows you to set up automatic billing. You can access this app from any of your devices as well as giving you the ability to accept payment methods from your mobile devices.

Track all of the following on one easy to use app:

  • time/payroll
  • expenses
  • reporting
  • estimates
  • invoicing
  • projects
  • payments
  • and more

Click here to read more about this app that will help your small business this EOFY.

 

#5 Evernote

EVERNOTE is an iOS application that will help your small business get organised.

EVERNOTE allows you to:

  • take notes
  •  make checklists
  • save online documents
  •  sync all your documents across all of your electronic devices
  •  collaborate and share your work with others in your workplace
  • create agendas and memos
  •  develops projects and share them with others
  •  plan events
  •  use your device’s camera to digitalise and scan – handwritten notes, business cards and other paper documents
  •  takes notes in a variety of formats including text, sketches, video, PDF, audio, web clippings and more
  •  annotate documents during meetings
  •  clip and highlight articles from research into your notes
  •  add a passcode lock to ensure security
  •  and more…

Click here to read more about this app and download it now to stay organised this financial year in your small business.

 

#6 Spark 

Are you finding that your business email is getting out of hand? Then Spark is the app for you!

Spark automatically organises your mailbox into three seperate inboxes – newsletter, personal and notifications. Along with these inboxes, comes options for you to further sort your emails with:

  • follow up reminders
  • built-in calendar
  • quick replies option
  • smart searches
  • send email later option
  • powerful integrations

Along with these features, Spark also offers collaborative options for you and your team to create, discuss and share emails.

Read more now.

 

#7 IFTTT

This app offers users a revolutionary way to start making their most used apps work together.
IFTTT connects over 600 apps available on your iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch including Twitter, Gmail, Instagram, Google Drive, Philips Hue and more to make your everyday habits trackable and maintainable.

Use IFTTT’s curated Applets to assist in maximising the effectiveness of technology in your work place.

Read more  about this revolutionary app and download it now from the App Store.

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Can I automate my whole house with Apple HomeKit?

It’s certainly preferable to be able to control all of your accessories through one platform or app. Unfortunately, we in Australia are still waiting for some of the accessories which are already available in the US to be adapted to suit Australian electricity plugs and voltages.

Elgato Eve offers lighting and temperature control products. The Thermo and Light Switch products are not available in Australia.

Air conditioners, blinds, gates and garage doors which are themselves wifi enabled to use with a generic app are also are not yet available here. A way around that would be to plug them in to a switch such as the Eve Energy. It will control any electrical device which is plugged into it.

A product such as this blind from Luxaflex has its own app and apparently Luxaflex in the US have promised HomeKit compatibility this year so that may mean it’s not too far behind for Australia .

SwannOne has a great range of cameras but they use their own app, not HomeKit. D-Link has just brought out a HomeKit compatible camera  but there is only the one model at this stage.

We can recommend and supply Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt which is HomeKit compatible which can be locked and unlocked using either the app, a key or a code.

While the number of HomeKit compatible products is growing all the time, it is still not really possible to get everything on one app. If you can’t wait to start automating your home, maybe you could think about planning ahead to be easily able to change over when new products become available.

We are able to assist you with consultancy services to advise on and set up iOS-controlled automation accessories. We are able to supply Elgato Eve, SwannOne, Schlage and D-Link products. Please find attached a list of the Elgato and SwannOne products. These products and services may be able to be purchased using NDIS funding, depending on what is included in your plan.

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Apple’s ‘iWatch’ Said to Arrive in October 2014 with Wireless Charging

According to Chinese site C Technology, Apple is planning to release its long-rumored iWatch alongside the next iPhone in October 2014, with the company having tested two iWatch prototypes. However, the report also states that Apple has not decided on the final screen size of the device, with the prototype units being powered by a 100 mAh battery. The iWatch is also said to include wireless charging capabilities which will allow the device to charge from up to a meter away.

The report questions the reported inclusion of a 100 mAh battery, noting that it seems far too small to allow for significant battery life. Samsung’s Galaxy Gear watch contains a 315 mAh battery and has received criticism over poor battery life.

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Battery life has previously been reported as being an issue for Apple, with iWatch prototypes lasting only 1-2 days on a charge and the company hoping to find ways to extend that to 4-5 days. C Technology notes that wireless charging would be one way to reduce the burden of frequent charges, but it is unclear exactly how it would be implemented by Apple. A 100 mAh battery in the iWatch would roughly match the 105 mAh battery seen in the sixth-generation iPod nano that was designed in part to be able to be used as a watch.

Read more here.
(via MacRumors)