How good is it to live in a digital world where everything can be automatised?! I think it's super exciting to be a part of right now where truly ANYTHING can be possible.
There are so many apps, programs and soft wares out there that can assist you with your business ventures. Sometimes, too many!
Since I started my business journey with LAYA bikini I have come across a lot of useful apps. In this blog post I'd like to share the ones with you that stuck with me and cover a broad spectrum of accounting, social media, security, organising and website platforms.
Xero is a cloud based accounting software for small and medium-sized businesses. Gone are the days of having an in house bookkeeper. And when it comes to your tax return, all you need to do is download your reports and send them to your accountant. It provides you with quote and invoice templates. You can connect your bank account and reconcile your bank statements at a click of a button. I love this app! It made me understand the accounting side of my business more and simplified everything immensely.
This app is for your business profile on Instagram. It let's you organise your feed, schedule posts and hashtags, you can gain insights into your analytics and spy on other account strategies. It's super easy to use! I normally spend a couple of hours for two of the businesses I run, to schedule posts for the next weeks. It gives you a preview of what your feed is going to look like and you can colour coordinate it better.
I can't stress enough how important it is to double secure your accounts. I used to be one of those people that would push it aside and not prioritise these things. Then my business facebook page got hacked and it was horrible! Don't make it easy for hackers to hijack your social media accounts or websites. Especially not if you don't want to start from scratch one day. This is what I had to do and I lost a LOT of followers unfortunately. I gained some back but it's hard to get back to where you once were.
SAASPASS is a mobile multi-factor authentication app that connects to any account you'd like to protect. All you need to do is download the app and link your account. Every time you'd like to sign in it'll ask you for an authentication code which you can access in your SAASPASS app. It'll create a code every few seconds making it super secure and impossible to hack in to. Too much of a hassle you think? Trust me you don't want to have to buy back your website one day and loose money, effort and time because some random person had nothing better to do.
Before I started LAYA bikini I did a lot of research about which provider to use for my online shop platform. There are quite a few out there...Squarespace, Wix etc. Although Shopify takes a little bit of a bigger cut from your sales (not a huge difference) its outstanding support and user friendly templates are more than worth it. Shopify also connects to a lot of useful apps for your store and has a lot of very smart built in features. My personal blog Wanderlust by Val is a Squarespace website and it's great, however I personally wouldn't use it for my bikini store. If you're thinking about an online retail platform, I'd highly recommend Shopify.
Asana is a project management app designed to help teams track their work. You can create tasks lists for yourself or your team, work on a project together, attach files and link it to your google drive. Every time I take on an intern I use Asana to communicate. That way you don't physically need to work in an office together but can do you work from wherever you like! I love flexibility and the fact that I can go to Bali and still work and keep track on where everyone is at with my collection for example.
Some of you will already know these apps. I do hope it'll be helpful for someone that didn't know about it and canmake good use out of it!
If you know of any other awesome business apps, let me know and comment below! Always on the hunt for more. :)