5 Apps To Run A Smooth Marketplace

Coming from the Bay Area, I technology being used more than ever. Ubers are picking up riders at every corner and happy dogs are being walked by highly rated walkers on Rover. The convenience of these applications are utilized in a lot of people’s personal lives. Date nights are a possible feat again with sites like Care.com. All of these apps aim to help your life and it doesn’t stop at home. Your marketplace is another opportunity to make things easier. We have a few apps we like to use in our office and some we’ve researched that may also benefit yours.

1. Gusto

A quick and easy way to streamline your marketplace’s payroll, tax, and benefits process. Get your employees paid on time and directly to their accounts on your pre-scheduled dates. Gusto automatically adds your employees to government filings so when tax season comes around, everything is already on the account ready with easy access. Gusto charges a base of $39 a month and adds an additional $6 per person added to the account.

Personally, I appreciate Gusto because it takes away the need to deposit a physical check and I get to have the payment sent directly to me! Taxes are much easier and if I have any issues (which I have never had) I can just go on the app and get things cleared up.

2. Google Drive

Core to filing our content. The versatility of Google drive gives us ways to organize our goals and projects. Files can be created and stored in separate drives so that everything stays in its place. In it you can create presentations, word documents, sheets, upload pictures, and share a calendar among other things. It’s a one-stop-shop for small businesses. Google drive can also be integrated in other apps like Slack.

We use Google drive all the time for creating our blogs. Sheets is a way for us to keep track of progress of projects.  We can see what blogs have to be written or what influencers we’ve contacted. I’ve also created files on my personal email to share large amounts of photos so it doesn’t take up space in my hard drive. Google calendar is also a feature that I rely on. It puts all of my events on a timeline and I can set goals and reminders for my everyday errands.

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3. Slack

Slack is a communication app that you can put on your desktop and sync on your phone. This tool organizes team workflows through separate channels. I’m on the marketing team so all marketing related topics, articles and requests are sent through it. It’s pretty much taking away all the irrelevant information away from the teams that don’t have to see the messages. Creating all of the needed professional channels is a must but having a fun channel to joke around in is also a good idea to post funny pictures and memes to boost camaraderie.

Slack integrates a bunch of tools like previously mentioned Google drive and our next tool, Zoom. It’s widely used and easy to learn. You can easily create cross-team chat rooms for any collaborative efforts at any time you want. It costs up to $13 depending on the package you want per user per month.

4. Zoom

Rising in the ranks of video conferencing tools amidst tech titans Microsoft and Cisco, Zoom is a quick and painless way to have remote meetings with your team members. The app is quickly download and has a really simple interface so navigating through the tool is straightforward.

Chat with up to 25 people in a meeting and you’re able to see everyone’s face. The crisp audio removes the annoying “Can you repeat that”’s that can add up and waste time in important meetings. If you want to move your marketplace into a larger scale you can possibly host a webinar with Zoom. Their aim is to make all facets of communications easy for businesses starting at $49 a month.

5. DoorDash

Can’t forget food! A lot of stereotypical perks in the tech industry revolve around the pantry. Catered lunches and a fully stocked cookie bar are all the rage in attracting young, talented people but sometimes you want a little variety. DoorDash works with thousands of restaurants (depending on your area) to get you the food you want ASAP.

Browse through menus and order with real time updates. You can see when your food is being prepared and if your dasher has picked up your order. Small fees range from $0-$8 depending on the restaurant you order from. Estimated delivery times are always shown and they’re usually accurate. Customer support is quick to solve problems when they arise.

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These are some of the apps we use and if you’re in need of financial or communication help try them out! If you get hungry in the middle of your busy day, get lunch delivered. Some bonus apps to check out are Klout for current events and Trello for scheduling content! Best of luck!

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