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Top 12 Apps to Run a Property Business For Less Than £50pm

Matt Elder breaks down the essentials required for a property business

Hold your smartphone in the air and repeat after me: “I am a technology company”. It sounds cheesy but this is the reality of the 24/7/365 world we live in. Being “technological challenged” isn’t a badge of honour to wear, any more than taking pride in not being able to read.  

With a myriad of apps and software, where do you even begin? Here is a list of 12 app categories you could be using in a property and/or investing business. These are in a recommended order. They should be deployed and start off with a low-tech complexity entry point, gradually building up in their sophistication and complexity (so there should be a jump on point for everyone regardless of technical ability). For the £50pm cost, if you “can’t afford it”, you are in the wrong business.

Software as a Service (SaaS)
Software as a Service, SaaS, is a buzz word and basically means you pay for your software on a subscription style basis. You are ‘renting’ the software and the monthly subscriptions allow the provider the ability to continually develop the product, add features, remove bugs and improve security.

Most of the time they run on a “freemium” basis – bare bones functionality for free and if you want additional features, you pay for it. This gives you a chance to ‘try before you buy’.

1 Email
Everything you do is generally going to be linked to an email address, thus the need to get this done first. There are numerous ones you can go for, but the bigger providers come with a lot of additional functionality i.e. canned responses, snooze, labels etc. There is also linked functionality to calendars, storage, contacts etc. Gmail/G Suite

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