January 18, 2018

Three Questions with David Brigham Operations Manager, SRB Communications

Three Great Apps for Small Businesses

First off, I am a gadget guy. One of the great things about living in this ever-evolving technological age we are in is that there is literally something out there for just about every need.

One of the things we use on a daily basis are apps on our cell phones. I personally use a slew of apps, including Spotify, Facebook, Instagram, Google Chrome, Microsoft Outlook, YouTube, WhatsApp, ESPN, and CNN…and that is just before 8:30 a.m.

 

Q: Isn’t there a quick and easy way to scan documents and photos without using a computer and scanner?

 A: Why yes, yes there is. Working for any business, you may find that there are many instances when you need to scan documents. Sure, I can take the document to the company printer, plug in my USB drive, change all of the settings, unplug the drive and put it into my computer, re-name the file and then send it off to wherever it needs to go. Or, I can use a nifty scanning app I found in my phone’s app store called TurboScan.

TurboScan is a very useful little app that comes in a free or paid version. For five dollars, the paid version of TurboScan allows you to scan an unlimited number of documents, photos, or whatever else you may want or need to scan. The interface is very user-friendly and simple to use. The app uses your phone’s camera to take a photo of whatever it is you want to scan. Then you can crop it as needed and save the document as a PDF or JPG to your device, the cloud, or even print, fax, email or text message the document right from the app. Each scan can have as many pages as necessary within each file as well.

 Q: Finding it hard to stay focused and finish all of your tasks throughout the day?

 A: If you said yes to this question, you would probably benefit from an app called RescueTime. RescueTime is a very useful time management app that helps you organize your day and stay focused. It’s easy to get distracted with life and the whole world at the tips of your fingers. This app helps you understand your daily habits by running in the background of your computer or mobile device and tracking time you spend on applications and websites, and then provides you with detailed reports and data about your activity.

RescueTime Lite is free to use, however the paid version includes helpful features such as alerts, ability to block distracting websites, and more detailed reports and filters. Find it here: https://www.rescuetime.com/

 Q: Is QuickBooks the only real option for finance and accounting?

 A: While QuickBooks is one of the leading and most comprehensive business finance apps on the market, there are some other options that are worth looking at. One app that caught my eye is Gusto (formerly known as ZenPayroll). This app has a few features that I have not seen on others. For instance, Gusto will manage your employee onboarding, automatically report new hires to the government, handle all local, state, and federal tax filings, automate deductions for benefits and workers’ comp payments, and email digital pay stubs to employees…you guessed, it, automatically.

Gusto is made to run on mobile, so it works well on both Android and iOS devices. Try Find it here: https://gusto.com/

 

David Brigham has been with SRB Communications for more than seven years. Brigham is responsible for overseeing day-to-day technical, digital and social media channels including broadcast, video, event, and digital productions. Working in the role of Account Executive at SRB Communications, Brigham has been involved with media buying strategy for more than five years.

 

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