Save time, save money: Run your small business from your smartphone.

“In the last few years, there has been an explosion of cloud-based, mobile apps (or mobile versions of desktop software applications) that make it easy to stay on top of most of your business operations right from your mobile phone. And that’s great for today’s small-business owner, because you’re more likely than ever to be on the go: meeting customers, traveling to trade shows, balancing work life with family needs.”

Useful apps:

• Money management and accounting. Send out invoices, track time, pay bills, run payroll, track mileage and more: QuickBooks, Xero, FreshBooks, Intuit Online Payroll, Harvest, Wave,, Shoeboxed, Everlance

• Payments: Receive payments instantly from customers. Square, PayPal Here, QuickBooks GoPayment

• Make sales: Turn your phone into your storefront and make sales directly to customers. Shopify, Etsy, Facebook, Instagram

• Scheduling: The apps take bookings and appointments, accept upfront payments, send clients reminders and more. Square Appointments, HouseCall Pro, Acuity Scheduling, Timely, Eventbrite Organizer

•Document storage and sharing: Store, share and access your files from any device. Google Drive, Zoho Docs, Dropbox, Box, Hightail Spaces

• Communications: Communicate with customers and manage your team back home. Skype, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, Join.Me, Webex

•Newsletters: Manage and monitor newsletter campaigns you’ve created in advance on your desktop. MailChimp, Constant Contact, Emma, Aweber


View more useful apps to run you business here.

Popular Middle Eastern Restaurant Gazala’s Is Back on the UWS

Gazala’s is once again open on the Upper West Side. The popular Druze restaurant with its signature thin, springy pitas closed in the neighborhood in 2015, and is now back at 447 Amsterdam Ave. between 81st and 82nd streets.

Chef-owner Gazala Halabi has an expanded menu and a full liquor license here. New dishes in addition to her classic spreads, salads, fish, and kebabs include shrimp hummus, a cauliflower tahini salad, and shawarma. The bar in the 100-seat space focuses on Israeli wine and cocktails with arak, an anise liquor.

The UWS location was busy before it closed. Halabi has been looking to return to the neighborhood since, but two leases prior to this fell through. She was 27 when she opened the original location of Gazala’s in Hell’s Kitchen. Now 39, she says the differences in this new location come with that age.

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