Gallery: 10 apps with in-app purchases that are actually worth it for small businesses
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It took a while for technology to catch up with the ESIGN act of 2000, but now that it has there’s a whole bunch of apps available to make signing documents on mobile devices easier. DocuSign has long been a leader, and its mobile app might be a great fit if signing contracts is part of your daily life.
The average DocuSign user doesn’t need to pay if they’re just receiving documents. If you need to send them you can sign up for one of several packages available in the app. The cheapest is $14.99 a month (or $119.00 a year), which allows you to send up to 10 documents monthly.
Prices go up from the basic paid plan, but if you run a paperwork-heavy business it’s a good investment.
DocuSign is available on iOS and Android.
PDFs: love them or hate them they’re a regular part of the professional world, especially in the half-digital/half-analog age. Old contracts are still being scanned in as PDFs, and new documents are OCRed, both of which mean reviews and edits by humans.
The standard Acrobat app will let you view and annotate PDFs, but that’s it. If you want to be able to edit, create, or export PDFs on the go you’ll need to purchase an additional subscription. The good news is that subscriptions are cross-device, so if you already signed up for those features on a desktop you can use them on the mobile app as well.
Acrobat Pro costs $24.99 a month, PDF Pack costs $9.99 a month, and if you simply want to be able to export PDFs you’ll have to pay $23.99 yearly.
You can get Adobe Acrobat on iOS and Android.
Microsoft Office apps
It wasn’t too long ago that Microsoft Office 365 was a bundled app on both iOS and Android, but those days are gone. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote are all individual apps now. Sorry about your home screen space.
Without an Office 365 subscription you can’t do much besides creating and editing locally stored documents–not the best idea if you plan on using Microsoft Office for a lot of editing outside of the office. There are a number of subscription tiers for Office 365, and purchasing it in one app will unlock premium features for all of them. Prices vary, and start at $6.99 per month for a personal license.
You can get Microsoft Office apps on Android and iOS using the links below.
There are a lot of apps out there that can set you up with a second phone number: Google Voice, Line2, Burner … the list is huge. Those apps can be a bit messy and hard to use, and many of them require the constant purchase of credits to add a few minutes here and there–not very useful if you want a dedicated business line.
Citrix Convoi is free for the first seven days, and after that a $9.99 monthly subscription kicks in. It’s not too expensive, and for small business owners it can be great for adding a work line without a bunch of additional fees. Calls, messages, and contacts are all bundled in a nice, easy-to-use interface. Don’t give out your personal line for business when you don’t have to.
You can get Citrix Convoi on iOS. It’s currently in beta for Android.
Some technologies only exist for the blink of an eye. Others, like faxing, never want to die. If you’ve ever been asked to fax a document to someone you know how much of a pain it is nowadays–ever had to make a run to the Fedex store and wait in line just to send a fax?
TinyFax can fix that problem by allowing you to send faxes right from your phone. It can pull files from cloud storage, email, and even photos: just snap a picture of a document and fax it off!
TinyFax is free to download, but sending faxes requires the use of credits you purchase in the app.
You can download TinyFax on iOS and Android.
Thumbtack For Professionals
If your business offers a service–from roofing to computer repair to custom embroidery–you can use Thumbtack to get local exposure to potential clients. You sign up and input details about your business, and when someone uses the app to request a service you offer it sends you a notice.
You’ll be able to review the client and their request before responding. Once you’ve talked the job over you can send a quote right through the app. You don’t have to pay a dime until you send the quote, either.
Sending quotes is done with credits, which are purchased inside the app. Thumbtack seems like it could be a huge boon to small businesses looking to expand their reach, so don’t be afraid to check it out–the app and signing up are both free. There’s nothing to lose if people in your area aren’t using it.
You can get Thumbtack For Professionals on iOS and Android.