28 May 4 Free Apps to Help Small Business Owners in the Caribbean
As focus begins to shift to the economy of the Caribbean and emerging small businesses, many people are choosing to expand their business to Caribbean countries and other entrepreneurs are starting small businesses specifically in Caribbean regions with hopes of building up the island economy.
In order to run an effective business, technological resources are imperative to the ease of business and finances. Here are four apps that are beneficial to those doing business in the Caribbean.
Many American small business owners are aware of Paypal as a form of quick and easy payments, invoicing and money transfers. However, Paypal’s services extend internationally and they actually offer their service for several Caribbean countries including: Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas, Colombia, Guadeloupe, and Martinique. Whether you’re using it for an online shop or to pay employers, it’s quick easy and available to most Caribbean business owners. Paypal is free but takes a percentage of money received for goods or services and different restrictions may apply to specific countries.
This messaging app has gained popularity among many people in the Caribbean to communicate with friends and family via text and voice messages sent over wifi rather than cellular service. Communication is highly important when running a business and WhatsApp offers you the ability to communicate quickly with others in the Caribbean for free.
Do you travel frequently from America to the Caribbean for business? RingCentral allows you to check your voicemails and make calls for free when connected to wifi. What makes this different from WhatsApp? When you make a call you can set the number the receiver sees as your office phone number that way they will be familiar with who is calling. It adds professionalism to business calls abroad.
4. XE Currency
When doing business in another country, exchanging currency can be a tricky deal. XE Currency prides itself in offering currency rates for the entire world that are updated instantly. It can even be used to covert currency offline making it convenient for the on-the-go business traveler. For those who are world traders, XE Currency allows you to keep track of up to 10 currencies at one time.
These apps are just a few of the many free technological resources available to business professionals and entrepreneurs that are creating businesses or services in the Caribbean. As the entrepreneurial trends in the Caribbean begin to expand, more Caribbean specific resources are sure to be invented.