Editor | 3 October 2019
The Best Cloud-Based Apps for Small Business Owners

The Best Cloud-Based Apps for Small Business Owners

Small business owners have a lot on their plate. And anything that makes their lives a little bit easier can pay huge dividends in the form of business growth and success.

A new breed of tools, which store information in the cloud and allow users to access it from anywhere, on any device, have revolutionised how these busy owners get things done.

Cloud-based apps and tools typically come with a low monthly price tag and let users scale up operations with next to no friction.

In this blog post, we will preview the some of the best apps to improve accounting, file storage, communication, marketing and much more.


Xero is a cloud-based accounting platform used by thousands of small and medium sized businesses.

It makes it easy to track expenses and get invoices paid on time, every time. One of the best things about Xero is the full range of third-party integrations that come with the app, all of which boost the platform to new levels no matter what you’re trying to do.


Just like Xero, FreeAgent makes small business accounting simple. But it is geared more towards the needs of freelancers and other micro businesses.

Independent business owners can check their financial records from anywhere, logging in on their mobile phones and filing receipts faster than ever before. FreeAgent and Xero are best used with a specialist cloud accountant who can also log in to the systems and keep a close eye on a business’s financial future.

G Suite

G Suite is a set of cloud computing apps developed by Google.

As well as providing space to store and share valuable digital assets in Google Drive, G Suite also encompasses a set of communication tools like Gmail and Google Calendar plus a set of productivity and collaboration tools including Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.


Slack is the ultimate internal communication tool. It makes it easy to communicate effectively, while reducing spam and unnecessary emails.

Instead of soul-destroying email chains, Slack simplifies communication between team members and stakeholders, leading to increases in efficiency.


SignEasy is a cloud-based document management platform that makes it easy for people to sign documents from their phone, tablet or computer.

Signatures done with SignEasy are legally binding and compliant with the eIDAS European directive, so you can get important contracts signed quickly and efficiently.


Social media can be a very effective marketing tool for small businesses. If it’s done well, you can reach thousands of people for free and in a way that’s easy to measure.

If you do use social media to promote your small business, then Hootsuite is a must. It makes it easy to monitor all of your social media accounts in one place, scheduling posts so they arrive at the precise moment when they will make the biggest impact.


A cloud-based design app, Canva makes it easy to produce high-quality graphic assets including business cards, website headers, social media content and much more.

If you want to make your company look professional, without paying for an expensive graphic designer, then Canva is a must have.

For more information about cloud-based accounting software like Xero and FreeAgent, speak to a member of the team today. Call: 0808 281 0303.