7 Types of Essential Apps for Your Business

Our Square App Marketplace has a ton of apps from our amazing partners that you can connect to your Square account to make life as a busy business owner easier. From accounting software to e-commerce solutions, these apps can save you time and help you make smarter decisions about your business.

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Here are the seven types of business apps you can link to your Square account.

Accounting

No one wants to spend hours manually reconciling the books. You can save tons of time (and increase your accuracy) by automatically importing Square sales, taxes, tips and fees into your accounting software. Square links seamlessly with software such as Intuit QuickBooks Online. And when it comes to sales tax, you can also save time by linking to an app like Kashoo, which syncs Square transactions in real time on any device.

Accounting and tax apps:
- Intuit QuickBooks Online
- Xero
- Shogo
- Kashoo Accounting
- OneUp


E-commerce

Whether you have an online store or you’re planning to launch one, your life is much easier if you use the same payments provider online and in person. (Again, it means you save time by not having to manually reconcile the books.) Apps such as Weebly and BigCommerce provide a variety of design templates, order fulfillment options and customer relationship management (CRM) tools. And by using Square to process your online payments, you can view all payments and inventory in one place.

E-commerce apps:
- Weebly
- BigCommerce
- WooCommerce
- Ecwid
- Wix Stores
- Square for Magento
- ShipStation


Inventory

Knowing exactly what you have in stock helps you make better decisions about what to purchase and when. An inventory app can provide this information by managing your inventory across all your sales channels (whether that’s several brick-and-mortar locations or a store and an online shop). An app like Shopventory integrates with Square and provides some additional features, such as cash flow management, profitability tracking and reports that show slow-moving inventory.

Inventory apps:
- Shopventory
- Stitch Labs
- Intrakr Inventory
- DEAR Systems
- Shopseen


Invoices & Services

Wherever you are — whether you’re in an office or on the road — you need to get paid. An invoicing app can help you monitor your ongoing work, accounts receivable and income. Apps such as InvoiceASAP are mobile-invoicing platforms that allow you to generate and pay invoices using your iPhone or iPad. It also syncs with accounting platforms such as Intuit QuickBooks and Xero.

Invoicing apps:
- Jobber
- InvoiceASAP
- Breezeworks


Reporting

Big picture summaries are important to even the smallest businesses. Reporting apps save time by allowing you to get an overview of your business without hours devoted to manual calculations or spreadsheets. With an app like Control, you can combine and track data from multiple sources to gain insights about how your business is performing.

Reporting apps:
- IFTTT
- Control


Restaurant management

Restaurants have their own needs when it comes to technology. Restaurant management apps help you with everything from restocking to running the kitchen. Fresh KDS, for example, is a kitchen display system that eliminates the need for paper tickets by providing a touch-to-complete order ticket interface. It also has a dashboard that allows you to analyze prep times so you can optimize for faster turnaround.

Restaurant management apps:
- Fresh KDS
- PeachWorks
- Marketman


Employee management

Managing employee schedules and payroll can be very time consuming. Employee management software, like Humanity, lets you easily build schedules, track hours and manage labor costs. By connecting an app like this to your Square account, you can see when your employees are working alongside your sales data, which allows you to make better decisions about whom to schedule and when.

Employee management apps:
- Deputy
- Humanity


Square is continuously growing its list of partners. Visit our App Marketplace in your Dashboard often to find new and useful apps for your business.

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