Small and medium-scale enterprises (SME’s) make up an integral part of the economy in developing countries across Africa. These SME’s do not have the same capital as larger companies may have, this is why it is so important that they leverage innovative and cost effective technology solutions in order to ensure the business can grow.
With this need in mind, Jumia Travel, identified 4 apps for which SME’s could use to improve productivity.
1. Google Drive
With Google’s Drive app you can easily transfer and edit files between computers and even smartphones without the stress of always needing a flash or external memory to facilitate the transfer. The Google Drive software is a fully-featured office suite and a full cloud drive that provides a platform for you to store any file type through either a virtual drive app or a web interface. A nice perk to using the Google Drive software is that you a get a cool 5GB of storage for free.
This app is designed for note taking, organising and archiving. It allows users store, organise and share text, photos and voice notes. It’s a great app for entrepreneurs to keep track of their brilliant ideas generated either through meditation or brainstorming sessions. The app has a growing list of very useful features and supports majority of the popular operating system platforms. It also offers online synchronisation and backup services.
This app is a communication and videoconferencing royalty. It is an effective and popular software that is used to transmit photos and files of any size, share your computer screen and call a group of up to 25 people, as well as send text messages. Skype is free to download and works on all devices and operating systems. The business version of Skype starts at 5 dollars per user per month and it integrates with Microsoft Office and also allows you hold online video meetings and calls with up to 250 people.
Considering that business will need a payment platform to receive payments, PayPal is a convenient payment platform that lets you link your bank accounts to your PayPal account, which helps make receiving and making payments as quick, painless and stress-less as possible. With PayPal, you can also attach PayPal’s card reader to a smartphone, tablet, PC or other device and use it as a portable register. Typically, for making and receiving payments PayPal charges 2.7% per swipe for mobile and in-store payments, 3.5% plus 15 cents for manually entered sales, and 2.9% plus 30 cents for online payments and invoicing.