10 Types of Apps Essential for Your Business
You’re busy. All business owners are. That means you don’t have time to manually reconcile your books or update inventory across locations, among other things. You need all the software you use to work together without using you as a middle man.
Fortunately, our Square App Marketplace has a ton of apps from our amazing partners that you can connect to your Square account. From accounting software to e-commerce solutions, these apps save you time and can help you make smarter decisions about your business.
Here are the 10 types of business apps you can link to your Square account.
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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, or by outsourcing your bookkeeping altogether.
Square links seamlessly with software like Intuit QuickBooks Online. And when it comes to taxes, you can save time by linking to an app like TaxJar, which creates automated, localized reports for quick and easy filing.
Some of our popular accounting and tax apps include:
- Intuit QuickBooks Online
- Zoho Books
- Commerce Sync
Maybe you already have an online store, or maybe you want to launch an online store for the first time. Either way, it makes your life much easier if you use the same payments provider online as you do 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 CRM tools. And by using Square to process your online payments, you can view all payments and inventory in one place.
Some integrations even enable you to automatically sync your inventory counts between your physical and online stores, saving time and avoiding overselling.
Some of our popular eCommerce apps include:
Knowing exactly what you have in stock and what you need helps you make better decisions about what to purchase and when. An inventory app can provide that 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, like cash flow management, profitability tracking, and reports that show slow-moving inventory.
Some of our popular inventory apps include:
- Stitch Labs
- Sku IQ
- DEAR Systems
4. Point of sale
Your POS is the heart of your business. Even if you aren’t using Square Point of Sale, you can still process payments through Square with one of our third-party point-of-sale integrations. Vend, for example, is a platform built for multilocation retailers that includes POS, inventory, and customer management. TouchBistro is an iPad point of sale for restaurants, bars, cafes, and food trucks that helps bridge the front and back of house.
Some of our popular point-of-sale apps include:
5. Employee management
Managing employee schedules and payroll can be very time consuming. Employee management software, like Homebase, 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 when to schedule your workers.
Some of our popular employee management apps include:
- When I Work
6. Invoicing and client services
Wherever you are — whether you’re in an office or on the road — you still need to manage workflows and get paid. From photographers and facility managers to subscription-based businesses, these apps can help you manage bookings, monitor ongoing work, and follow up on accounts receivable.
If you have a subscription business, Chargify allows you to regularly bill clients without writing billing code. It also helps you manage customer life cycles so you can better retain your customers.
Some of our popular invoicing and client services apps include:
- Zoho Invoices
7. Restaurant management
Restaurants have their own needs when it comes to technology. Restaurant management apps help you with anything 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.
Some of our popular restaurant management apps include:
8. Form building
Depending on the type of business you run or the programs you are running, you may find the need to collect a custom or more detailed set of information from your customers. Form-building apps help you create mechanisms to collect customer information and custom order details, conduct surveys, accept applications, and more.
By linking an app like Wufoo with your Square account, you can easily create a form to take payments right in the form, processed with Square.
Some of our popular form-building apps include:
- Cognito Forms
9. Booking and scheduling
If you run a salon or a restaurant or do home repairs, allowing your customers to book appointments or reservations online is critical for your business. Not only is it a feature that many consumers expect at this point, but also it’s something that can drive growth — allowing customers to interact with your business at any point in the day, even when you’re closed.
Acuity, for example, makes it easy for your clients to make reservations and pay directly online with just one click. It can even automate reminders so you decrease no-shows.
Some of our popular booking and scheduling apps include:
10. Reporting and analytics
Data is key to the success of your business — it helps you create efficiencies and make smarter decisions. Reporting and analytics apps help you automate business operations and combine data sources so you can easily optimize for performance.
IFTTT, for example, lets you create connections with “if this then that” statements. You can connect your Square account to over 100 other products and services like Evernote, Dropbox, Google Calendar, Philips Hue, and Twitter to automate transactions.
Some of our popular reporting and analytics apps include:
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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