12 Business Management Software Every Manager Should Know About

A proper business management software platform will make your job easier. Lucky for you, that’s our topic for today’s post!

Are you tired of missing project deadlines and budgets? Do you ever feel like opportunities are slipping through your fingers because you can’t effectively manage your current customers and best leads? Do bookkeeping hurdles, HR issues, or scheduling conflicts keep you awake at night?

You, friend, need business management software.

In this post we’ll discuss the importance of this kind of app, the top 12 options (in our humble opinion), and a simple framework for choosing the right software for your business. Let’s get to it.

The Importance of Business Management Software

“Business management software” is a pretty broad term. Ok, a really broad term… Basically, it covers any form of software that helps you manage your company more efficiently. Most of us would agree that there are areas of our business that don’t run as smoothly as we’d like them to.

Does technology hold the answers? It just might!

With the smart implementation of business apps, countless companies are getting more done in less time, appropriately planning for the future, keeping organizational spending under control, and more. In fact, business management software is quickly becoming essential for most companies.

No matter what kind of organization you own or work for, this kind of app can assist your processes and make your entire operation run more efficiently. Let’s discuss a few of our favorite software options now.

Our Top 12 Business Management Software Options

Ready to improve your business processes and run your company more efficiently? Then it’s time for business management software! The following is a list of top options to consider.

But before we dive in, it’s important to note that this list isn’t in order. Meaning the first software mentioned isn’t necessarily better than the last. You’ll need to analyze the needs your company has and choose an application that best fills that role. Cool? Cool. Let’s get started:

Scoro

Scoro was created to “bring structure to your work,” and that’s exactly what it does. It’s a complete business management software suite that allows its users to track project progress, schedule employees, manage financials. It even has a built in CRM so you can build better relationships with each of your clients.

Now we’re wondering if there’s anything this software can’t do… It packs a serious punch! And it can be yours for as low as $22 a month after your 14 day free trial.

vCita SMB Management

vCita has been in the business management software game since 2010 and currently claims a client count in the high 900 thousand range. Holy hot business, batman! Things are good in vCita-ville…

And why shouldn’t they be? Their product is a one stop shop for all your business needs. Manage your calendar and your clients, send invoices and accept payments. Oh, and the app will help you handle your marketing efforts too with email campaigns and landing pages.

Prices start at $24 a month when billed annually, but they do offer a 14 day “try before you buy” free trial.

mHelpDesk

mHelpDesk is specifically designed for those in the service game and it dominates this subset of the market. It boasts billions of dollars worth of jobs completed through its platform and more 5 star reviews than all of their competitors combined!

So what do you get? A fully featured CRM, project management and calendar scheduling, time sheets and invoicing, and a whole lot more. mHelpDesk offers a 14 day free trial (we’re starting to notice a trend here) for service companies interested in taking the software for a spin.

Zoho One

Zoho One is the complete suite of apps that the company offers. How many apps in total, you ask? 40!

Sales, marketing, customer support, communications, collaboration, productivity, finance, human resources, business process… Zoho literally has an app for everything and you’ll get complete access to them all if you choose this provider for your business management software.

Try it for free for 30 days (more bang for your buck!). Then signup up for your first year at $30 a month.

ProofHub

ProofHub is the business management software of choice for some major industry heavyweights including Google, Netflix and Nike. Oh, and America’s spacing hopping crew, NASA, uses the app as well. Talk about a red carpet client list!

They all must love the project management capabilities that ProofHub offers, the nifty Gantt charts and detailed reports it provides, and the handy time tracking option. Honestly, there’s a lot to love on the ProofHub front.

Get started with your free trial today. Then expect to pay anywhere from $45 to $150 a month depending on the features you want included.

StudioCloud

StudioCloud is free. Yes, you read that right, FREE! But that doesn’t mean it can’t offer its clients the same level of awesomeness that every other business management software can.

You’ll get client management, appointment scheduling, and invoicing. You can organize projects, run marketing campaigns and accept electronic signatures. You can even manage your company’s financials and its employees.

But there’s gotta be a catch, right? There is — if you can even call it that. StudioCloud is free for one user only. If your company needs more users, prices start at $35 a month.

Monday.com

Monday.com, formerly known as dapulse, is another business management software with a who’s who client list. You’ve heard of McDonalds, right? What about Discovery Channel, DHL and Fiverr? They all trust this app to help run their business processes.

Monday.com makes project management incredibly easy and intuitive. It also helps companies better manage their customers, track inventory, and communicate internally. The app prides itself on ease of use and we have to admit, they nail it!

Pricing is based on the number of users your company has and the features it needs. After the free trial, expect to pay a minimum of $25 a month.

todo.vu

Todo.vu is specifically designed for freelancers and small teams. Does your business fall into one of those categories? Then we may have just found the perfect business management software for you! No need to thank us, we’re just doing our job…

Let’s talk features. Users get CRM, project management, and time tracking/billing. Meaning you can manage your clients, the projects you complete for them, and the time it took you to do so, all within the same app. Convenient, huh?

And let’s not forget the affordability factor. Todo.vu is free for one user, and either $5 or $9 a month (depending on included features) for every user after that.

NetSuite

We just talked about a great business management software option for freelancers and small teams. Now, let’s go to the complete other end of the spectrum and focus on an app for the “big boys.” Let’s focus on NetSuite.

Does your business need a reliable CRM? What about a financial management, HR, or ecommerce platform? Yeah, NetSuite can handle all of that. It also offers industry specific support so you can customize your process and run your business the way you want to.

Because of this complete customization angle, though, pricing is hard to lock down. Basically, you’ll pay for exactly what you need and nothing else. To get the exact cost, contact their team.

Bitrix24

Bitrix24 really is a complete business management software suite. Meaning they literally include just about every type of software your business could ever hope to use.

Team communication and collaboration tools? Check. Project management abilities? Check. CRM, HR and email platforms? Check, check, check! But that’s not all. Bitrix24 also allows you to record phone conversations, build websites, manage calendars. It all goes down inside the app.

The pricing structure completely depends on the features you want access to, the number of users and admins your company needs, and the amount of storage your business requires. You can expect to pay anywhere from $0 – $199 a month.

Odoo

Odoo takes a slightly different approach to business management software. Instead of creating one, complete application and selling it to customers, the company built a bunch of individual apps and let’s their clients choose which ones to use.

Does your company need to build a website with ecom capabilities? Odoo has an app for that. Maybe you’re just looking to manage projects, tasks and time sheets. They have apps for those purposes as well. From finance to marketing, HR to communication; Odoo has created an app to help you streamline your business processes.

The price you’ll pay per month will vary depending on the number of users you have the the number of apps you need access to.

Toggl

Finally, let’s talk about Toggl. This app is not what you’d call a “complete business management software.” But it may be the greatest thing to happen to your business in a long time.

Toggl is a time tracking app. It’s intuitive and simple to use. It provides detailed reports regarding the way your team spends its time. And it will undoubtedly make your employees more productive and help you run a more efficient operation.

Ultimately, isn’t that what business management software is supposed to do anyway? Toggl offers a 30 day free trial. Monthly prices start at $9 a month after that.

Choosing the Right Business Management Software for Your Company

Whew, that’s a lot of options! How in the world are you supposed to pick between all that software goodness? Settle down, Tiger. Choosing doesn’t have to be complicated. Let us explain…

First, decide how many users you need to have access to your business management software of choice. Then hone in on the features (project management, CRM, time tracking, etc.) that are absolutely essential. Lastly, realize your company’s financial standing and choose a budget that it can afford.

When all this has been completed, filter out the platforms that don’t fit your criteria. If you’re still left with multiple options, sign up for each of their free trials and take each for a spin. Then choose the software that you enjoy using most. Simple as that.

Be Better at Business

Sometimes the only thing standing in the way of success is the tool one attempts to use to achieve it. Wow, that was deep. You should probably get that tattooed on your arm or something… If you do, send pics!

Anyway, business management software can make your life easier and, yes, help you achieve the success you’ve dreamed about.

So what are you waiting for? Go back through this list and find a platform that suits your needs and budget. Then start using it to dominate the business world. You got this!

Have you ever used business management software before? What was your experience? Any platforms we neglected to mention that you would recommend? Spill the details in the comment section below.

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