Must Have Best Business Apps, Business Tools and Business Services for 2020 - Ultimate Guide List
The Ultimate Guide List for the Best Business Apps of 2020 plus Tools and Business Services that Every Small Business Owner in South Africa needs
When it comes to starting, managing or growing a small business, entrepreneurs and business owners wear many “hats”. Put plainly, you’re the CEO – or Chief Everything Officer – responsible for everything from marketing to finance. But – as the old saying goes – “a jack of all trades is a master of none!”
The verdict is that very few business owners can manage all of company functions effectively, without this taking a heavy toll on the business and individual alike.
So why not help your business (and yourself) by using some of the best business apps in South Africa and tools and services to support the way you work? With the help of great business apps, tools and services (designed to make specific functions easier), you can boost your efficiency and effectiveness. And the more a business owner can automate and streamline certain tasks, the more time they can free up drive the business forward, push sales and manage their employees. Greater capacity and productivity ultimately lead to a rise in profit.
Smartphone usage, mobile applications and cloud-based business services are synonymous with 21st century life and for the South African business entrepreneur starting out, business apps and online services are evolving the way in businesses can grow their offerings, quicker and more cost-effectively than ever before. For example, getlion – the new mobile app designed to support small businesses with the services, tools and knowledge that they require – and the first app to reward users for running their businesses, is arguably the best business app for Android and IOS in South Africa, and what’s more, it’s completely free to download. Fully understanding and embracing well-built online and mobile business tools can be transformative in the small business sector. And during times when remote working and “online” is becoming ever more popular, your business needs to be able to run efficiently to stay competitive.
Most South African entrepreneurs and business owners are not sure where to start – so to help you find the ‘needle in the haystack’ – we’ve built this ultimate guide, a list of the best business apps, tech tools (across Android, IOS and Web) and business service partners for small business owners, startups and SMMEs that can fulfill their requirements and save them money, too. Our ultimate guide on the best free apps for small business owners in South Africa is regularly updated. We recommend the following for South African entrepreneurs in 2020:
Starting, Managing and Growing a Business
Start, Manage and Grow your business, and get Rewarded for doing so.
getlion is the free, start-grow-and-streamline-your-business app and is one of the best apps for small business owners in SA. Want to learn more about how to start, grow and succeed in business? Want to know how to best manage your finances or apply for SMME funding? Need to find services, tools and business knowledge to catapult your business to growth? Or, maybe you just like discounts and rewards. Thankfully, that’s what getlion is for.
Whether you’re an experienced business owner, or prospective entrepreneur, getlion is here to support your business through a purposefully designed platform of discounted services, tools and knowledge resources from nearly 20 industry-leading partners. Coming soon, you’ll be able to find and apply for business finance in South Africa, access new markets and grow your network, too. Not only will you have all of this at your fingertips, but getlion is the first app to reward you for running your business well, giving you access to discounts and vouchers from our partners, to help your business go further.
Money and Finance
Accept easy, safe and affordable mobile payments, with Zapper.
As the old saying goes, “In life, nothing is certain but death and taxes”. Well if that’s the case, why not make your taxes easier with help from TaxTim.
Accept card payments with SA’s leading mobile card machine provider, Yoco.
Yoco is South Africa’s leading small business mobile card payments provider, serving 85,000 small businesses around the country. According to statistics from Yoco, 75% of SA’s adult population have cards, yet only 7% of businesses accept cards as a payment option. You can receive tap-and-go payments, use Yoco Point of Sale to capture transactions and manage inventory, send paperless receipts and have merchants can access Yoco online payments and Yoco capital.
Get a Yoco card machine for as little as R399 (once-off) and transaction fees starting at 2.95% (ex VAT), decreasing with turnover. All Yoco card machines come with free Yoco Point of Sale software.
Can small business accounting be easy and (even) enjoyable? With Xero, we think so.
Xero’s appeal for small business is easy to understand, where it helps you get a handle on your financials and automate daily business tasks. The accounting software is cloud-based, can link direct to your South African bank account, and you can use their app to send invoices and even reconcile payments with a click. You can track inventory, create purchase orders and even send invoice reminders to customers. But, here’s the real kicker! Have you ever used accounting software and wished it could do more? Well – the Xero universe has over 800 third-party apps that plugin where you need them. There’s very little it can’t do, making Xero the industry standard in small business accounting software. In addition, all new Xero subscriptions include Hubdoc – an innovative software that automates capturing your company’s expenses.
Xero is available for free on a 30-day trial basis, before you’re required to upgrade. Paid packages start at $22 per month (from 1 July 2020). I know what you’re thinking – “That’s in dollars!” but trust us when we say that the price is competitive and well worth it!
6. Credit Profile Bureau (CPB)
Know your score, thanks to CPB.
Online and E-Commerce
Take your business online, with digital solutions from GoDaddy.
Start your online business with the world’s leading E-Commerce platform.
9. Hubspot Email Signature
Create a professional email signature in minutes.
Hubspot is a leading provider of marketing, sales and service software, but this aren’t built specifically for the South African market. With that said, the platform does offer a host of free tools for businesses to take advantage of. One such tool the “free email signature generator”, which helps anyone create a professional email footer in minutes.
Free. Get access to these, and other valuable tools and rewards for your business by downloading getlion today.
Brand and Marketing
10. Hatchful Logo Maker
Design your logo for free, thanks to Hatchful from Shopify.
11. Google My Business (GMB)
Make sure you pop up in search results, with a Google My Business profile.
12. Google Ads
Reach your customers directly, with a Google Ads account.
13. Mail Blaze
Boost your marketing with email solutions from Mail Blaze.
Not many people are aware that email marketing is still the most effective marketing tool in a business’s arsenal. It’s cost effective and easy to track. Mail Blaze is South Africa’s very own market-leading provider, and a provider to companies like Vida e’ Cafe. As a South African business, they offer a variety of packages to suit your Rand budget and are up to 50% cheaper than international competition. No coding or development knowledge required, you can build your emails with a simple drag-and-drop tool in a matter of minutes. Best of all, you have local support when you need it most.
Mail Blaze is free for a 14-day trial, before starting at R108 per month (increases on number of contacts and sends). Get discounts from Mail Blaze and learn more about email marketing through getlion. Download today!
14. Social Media (Facebook and Instagram for Business)
Time to get your business social, with FB and Instagram.
Facebook and Instagram (also owned by Facebook) are the world’s most popular social media platforms, engaging billions of people each month. In South Africa, it is estimated that there are 24 million active monthly social media users, and FB/IG fall narrowly behind Youtube and Whatsapp in monthly usage. With such overwhelming evidence, a dedicated social media strategy has to form a large part of your business’s overall marketing efforts. If you intend to do more than just promote your brand and website, by selling and transacting, you will need to setup an Instagram and Facebook for Business account. But – the work doesn’t stop there. Once you’re setup, then comes strategy, promotion, ad spend and reach. You’ll be tempted to outsource this function, but if you’re just starting out, it makes sense to do it yourself. Besides, no one knows your business like you do.
Price is what you make of it. The more you advertise and transact, the more you’ll spend. By downloading getlion, you’ll have access to top quality learning resources for using Facebook and Instagram in your marketing strategy. Download Today.
15. Canva Design Tool
Design your own social media/marketing content, for free, with Canva.
Canva is another brilliant tool for entrepreneurs and startups. Canva is a cloud-based, online design platform – that allows anyone to design top-quality media and marketing assets through easy-to-use drag and drop tools. Whilst designed for desktop, the Canva app is a helpful resource for designing on the go from your mobile.
Free (Access to certain templates and design assets through a paid premium plan). Get access to these, and other valuable tools and rewards for your business by downloading getlion today.
Operations and Logistics
16. Picup (Delivery/Courier Software)
Simplify your delivery system, with Picup.
Keep your office and home clean, thanks to SweepSouth.
You may be wondering what South Africa’s leading cleaning service is doing on this list, but the explanation is simple. Firstly – office hygiene and sanitization are front-and-center for the post-Covid workforce, so employers have to provide clean workspaces. Secondly, any good entrepreneur will admit to pushing their home responsibilities aside when they’re in the middle of a deadline. In steps SweepSouth, allowing you to request a quality clean for your office and home at the click of a button. The company has been operating since 2013 has one of the largest cleaner networks in South Africa and operates in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, with other regions coming soon.
Over and above their cleaning service, the company has just launched SweepSouth Shop – where you can purchase most office essentials and pantry products with ease.
SweepSouth rates vary depending on the size of the premises, length of the clean, and how frequently you’re requesting their services. The good news is that you qualify for several SweepSouth discounts and Shop vouchers through the getlion app. Why not download today?
Professional and Business Services
18. MacRobert Attorneys (SME Legal Portal and Legal Services)
Get a trusted and affordable legal partner in MacRobert Attorneys.
19. Iridium Business Solutions (Accounting and Automation Services)
Accounting made easy, with Iridium Business Solutions.
20. Codehesion (App Development Services)
Bring your next app idea to life, with Codehesion.
21. Netflorist (Corporate Gifting)
Thank your customers or reward your employees, with Netflorist.
Use/Features: Netflorist is South Africa’s leading online florist and gifting service.
Through world-class technology, NetFlorist has been in the business of delivering smiles for over 20 years, giving private and corporate clients access to an wide range of personalised gifts, flowers, perfumes, jewellery and gourmet treats. Whether you need a gift for an employee, customer, or something for a special occasion, Netflorist makes it easy.
With the rise of the global pandemic, and the declaration of a national state of disaster, NetFlorist made a necessary addition to their business, which has allowed them to bolster their popular offerings with a new groceries category, too.
Price/Cost: Simple – it depends on what you buy. The good news is that you qualify for Netflorist discount vouchers through the getlion app. Why not download today?