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Apps For Startups

These apps make life easier for startups by helping them design content, account for expenditure and manage tasks

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Drag And Drop Design
Not everyone's a designer, but everyone needs to be. From quick marketing material to social media content, it’s all about visual communication today. Canva, a web application and an app on iOS, makes design as easy as dragging and dropping elements into template layouts. It’s free unless you want to buy images, which are a dollar each. You can as well use your own.

For bootstrapped businesses and startups, Canva for Work is a module which costs $9.95 a month per user and opens up more features such as creating a brand kit with all the elements needed for consistency across material, no matter which member of the team was the creator.

Collaboration between team members is also possible, whether they work on a presentation or a blog post.

Happay To Pay
Happay is an app that offers a money management solution for small businesses. The app actually is a companion to a Visa card, which a company can “load” with funds — whatever amount they choose to. Employees who deal with payments on behalf of their company or indeed need to be reimbursed for their own permitted expenditure, can then be given cards, with names duly embossed. The Happay team supplies these along with the main operations for the software for the app.
The card which is Visa approved can be swiped anywhere just like a credit card. Whenever an employee needs a top up of funds, it can be loaded immediately. The expenditure records are all automatically available to the company via their dashboard app. The records are also compatible with Tally. There’s no need for all the paperwork that goes with accounting.

Work With Wrike
Everyone who works with a startup knows that there are dozens of things for each member of the team to do. It’s fairly stressful to keep track of everything, in fact. Well, it’s Wrike to the rescue on both iOS and Android with this project and work management app. Some basics are free, but more complex features have varied pricing. Wrike has a totally simplistic and clean interface. That goes with its aim to be a transparent collaborative platform. Login (sign up or log in using Google) and use the plus sign to start a task. You can assign the job to anyone on your team. Multiple teams can work on Wrike and a dashboard shows the status of every task. You can set deadlines, break up tasks and put material in folders. Tasks can be handed off from one person to another with the entire context being visible.

(This story was published in BW | Businessworld Issue Dated 30-11-2015)


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