Four Apps Changing Small Businesses and Non-Profits

Getting into the social media world is hard, but these apps are a must!

Ask Suzi: Business Tips + Tricks

Dear Suzi:

I am a small business owner that has eight employees and multiple independent contractors. Most of our clients are college students, so with the school year starting, I want to try and simplify some of our processes for our staff and clients. Which apps do you recommend? – A.M. Livingston, MT

Dear A.M. –

Depending on your business type, there are a few apps that have been helpful to other local businesses and non-profits, here are a few of my favorites:

1. Canva.com (Freemium + Premium versions available)
  • Simplified graphic-design tool using templates for making posts for social media (Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest) or presentations, logos, posters + more.
  • Uses an easy drag-and-drop format and provides access to photos, graphics, and fonts.
  • Great for those that are non-designers.
2. Schedulicity (starting at $5/month)
  • #shoplocal – this business is based in Bozeman!
  • Perfect for service or class-based businesses
  • Everything is automated: appointment/class scheduling, payments, email marketing, client text reminders, client management, business reports, personal client scheduling pages, Client check-ins and more!
3. Hootsuite (starting at $29/month)
  • Manage and schedule posts to multiple social media profiles on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and more, all from one app
  • See results and reply to all of your comments from one dashboard.
  • Plan and schedule posts ahead of time.
4. Asana (freemium + premium versions available)
  • This is a web and mobile app designed to help teams organize, track, and manage their work.