Shopping Around for Apps: How Your Small Business Can Benefit from Price Comparison

If you think apps are only for playing games and finding good restaurants, you’re missing the valuable role apps play in today’s business world. You can use apps to do everything from balance your books to managing your database of contacts. While there are hundreds of thousands of apps in Apple’s App Store, there are many other places to get apps that don’t require an iTunes account or direct connection from your device to your computer.

ClickSoftware recently announced the opening of its app store aimed directly at the small business, ClickAppStore.

“For over a decade, we have been developing and deploying business mobility solutions for some of the most advanced enterprises in the world,” explains ClickSoftware’s Dr. Mosche BenBasset. “We have taken our experience, knowledge and technology, repackaged it for the modern mobility world, and are now making it available for all mobile workers.”

ClickAppStore provides software packages geared specifically toward small businesses. The Mobile Worker Starter Package has everything a business needs to automate its processes, including clock in and clock out, navigation, scheduling, and more. With or without the starter package, businesses are able to download individual apps from the ClickAppStore. Apps currently available include a panic timer app, an upsell app, and an app for finding resources.

Small businesses have a wealth of resources available in various app stores found around the Internet. In addition to Apple’s offerings, here are a few more popular app stores to help you find the resources you need to make your business more successful.

  • GetApp–For the small business, this app store is a dream, with thousands of apps and tools catalogued by popularity and category. Need an app to help with brand management? Getapp can find it for you. The site not only lets you download great apps, but reviews of various apps are available, as well. Many of the apps found on Getapp are available in other app stores–this site just pulls it all into one place.
  • Google Apps Marketplace–Google apps has a comprehensive listing of business apps, listing the most popular business apps on its front page. No matter which category you choose, you’ll first see the most popular downloads in that category. This can lead you to some of the best software for your business needs. Because Cloud-based software has become popular over the past couple of years, through the Google Apps Marketplace you can connect with the best software solution for your business needs. Most of these apps come at a premium, but when compared with the price you’d pay for an on-site solution, these apps can save your small business money.
  • Amazon App Store for Android–If you have an Android-based device, chances are you’re already familiar with Amazon’s offerings. Since small businesses are increasingly choosing tablet devices over laptops and PCs, immediate access to apps is a must, since traditional software will not install on tablets. Amazon pulls all of its app store offerings into one place, accessible either from your Android device or a computer.

Competition helps keep prices low, bringing you more choices and saving money for your small business. Find the app store you enjoy using most and rely on reviews from other users and free trials to avoid buying software that doesn’t fit your needs.

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About Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and young adult/middle grade novelist, who worked in information systems for more than a decade. Her first book, 30 Days of No Gossip, will be released by Simon and Schuster in spring 2014. She lives in Nashville with her husband.