10 Best Google Apps Applications For Businesses And Freelancers

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Social media iconsI'm using Google Apps for one of my domains, and I must admit that it's a very powerful platform to provide a robust and reliable infrastructure to grow your online business. Once you've integrated your domain with Google Apps system, apart from the regular features available to every user, you can also extend the functionality through hundreds of add-on applications from the marketplace. Integrating these applications just takes a click of a button and configuring them is quite easy through the step-by-step guided interface. Let's see some of the most popular and very useful applications ideal for freelancers and small businesses.

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MailChimp - It's one of the most popular email marketing services available on the web. This excellent application tightly integrates the MailChimp service with your Google Docs, Google Analytics, and Google Contacts services enabling easy subscribers and campaign management. MailChimp also provides a powerful API that can be used to integrate with other services in Google Apps system giving you a custom solution that perfectly meets your needs.

FreshBooks for Gmail™ - This powerful application is ideal for freelancers using FreshBooks system for clients' invoicing. This app directly integrates FreshBooks system right within the Gmail interface enabling you to manage time-tracking for your projects and team members along with tracking of outstanding invoices. Since it is deeply integrated with Gmail, it saves a huge amount of time and delivers better results than ever before.

Shopify E-commerce Solutions and Shopping Cart Software - As the name implies, this useful application lets you integrate full-fledged online shopping store tightly integrated with your Google Apps domain. This integration enables easier invoicing with custom landing pages and logos. You can integrate various payment gateways and can manage all invoicing directly from within Google Apps administration console.

DocuSign for Google Apps - Every small business that regularly exchange business documents with clients must install this useful app to introduce a more regulated and secure approach to business papers management. This handy app easily adds electronic signatures to your business documents and provides powerful document verification and signature verification system. Through this app you can save a huge amount of time invested in authenticating business documents from various sources.

Wave Accounting - This is a very popular and powerful accounting application for Google Apps users. It has a large user base mostly comprising of small businesses and freelancers. You can also integrate this app with your online bank accounts to automate several business routines thus making the entire invoicing process very easy. There is no limit and restriction on any of the offered features including the addition of unlimited collaborators.

Nimble - social CRM - This is a powerhouse for a small business on Google Apps platform. Nimble is a CRM with the integration of various popular social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Gmail. It offers unified inbox from where you can manage all your communications, engagement, lead generation and social media monitoring with ease. Apart from all these activities, you can also unify all your contacts at one place through this excellent CRM application.

Desk.com - Social Help Desk - No serious business system is complete without a robust help and support system for the customers. And that's what this useful Google Apps application can do for you. This help desk application provides different channels (Email, Live chat, Twitter, Facebook and phone) to cater support requests of the customer. Since it supports real-time responses, you can deliver the very best in this department provided you have enough human resource to continuously monitor support tickets.

Gliffy Diagrams and Flowcharts - If your freelancing business requires lot of sketching, wire-framing and prototyping, you must include this excellent application in your list. It provides powerful tools to create diagrams, flowcharts and other business presentations. Through its collaborative feature, you can take the assistance of other members of the team to create and publish awesome diagrams and charts.

SherpaTools - Directory Manager - This is a powerful tool for Google Apps administrators. After activating these application administrators get lots of added features for more advanced user and application management. As an administrator, you can invoke and revoke privileges and quota to a more granular level to fine-tune your entire Google Apps system for maximum productivity. Various auto-syncing options available through this application ensures that things get updated seamlessly without any intervention.

Mail Merge for Google Docs - The name says it all. This is an extremely useful application for businesses who regularly send pre-made documents to subscribers and potential clients based on data collected from web and survey forms. This application is tightly integrated with Google Docs and uses Dynamic Document Packages (DDP™) for creating custom reply documents on the fly. You can also use regular Microsoft Office Word and Excel documents with this application.


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