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The Top 5 Apps to Make Your Small Business More Productive

The right applications can make all the difference to a busy small business owner, allowing you to connect to the cloud, your information, payment systems and more while you're on the go. And best of all, they don't have to be expensive. Small business productivity apps can cost as little as $5 a month, making them the perfect choice for businesses on a budget.

Your small business is likely already using some type of cloud software and small business apps. Take a look at these five options and try out some of the top apps available to your company today.

App 1: MozyPro Server is perfect for small businesses, because it offers secure online backup. The program starts at just $19.99 per month, making it affordable for businesses with a limited budget. With backup available, you won't have to worry if your laptop crashes; instead you can access your information from the Internet any time you need it.

App 2: Lucidchart offers online diagramming and planning, so you can run office meetings with flowcharts, wireframes and more straight from your browser. You can link an unlimited number of clients and employees to a diagram you can edit in real time, making it easy to understand changes as they're being made. This app offers a free trial and low monthly fees.

App 3: OmniJoin Basic and OmniJoin Professional offer Web and video conferencing, so you won't have to deal with back-and-forth emails or missed calls from clients or employees. The face-to-face meeting technology is perfect for companies that may be widespread or on the go. The basic program is available for $49 per month, and the professional program starts at $79 per month.

App 4: Box is a great way to share content, and the scalable program allows you to save your content online. Because everything you need is on the Web, you won't have to worry about carrying external hard drives with you or bringing SD cards full of private information. Box starts as low as $15 per user each month, so it's an affordable choice for small businesses.

App 5: Google™ Apps for Business is pretty well-known around the Internet, and it offers Web-based email, cloud-based calendars and online document management for teams. All you need is a username and password to access most aspects, so it's easy to use, even if you're not at your desk. The app costs as little as $5 per month, and you can test it out with a free trial.

These are just some of the most popular small business apps available on the market today. They can help you increase your productivity and keep your documents accessible, whether you're in the office or not.

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