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My favourite apps: Ben Thompson, HR innovator

Tiffany Loh
Smarter Writer

Tiffany Loh is the Smarter Business™ & News and Digital Editor, with varied writing experience always looking for a unique story

Tiffany Loh
Smarter Writer

Tiffany Loh is the Smarter Business™ & News and Digital Editor, with varied writing experience always looking for a unique story

When you work in a small business time is of the essence. Here we explore the desktops and smartphones of sole traders, freelancers and small business owners around the country, so you can work smarter, not harder.

Ben Thompson, CEO of Employment Innovations, took over the reins from his father Rob 12 years ago and has been making his mark ever since. The firm helps businesses manage all elements of employment – from human resources to technology solutions services, and ranked ninth in this year’s BRW’s 50 Most Innovative Companies list.

Here, the Sydney-based business owner reveals his top apps that help make his business and home life that much easier and more enjoyable. 

Ben Thompson, Employment Innovations

1. Google Apps

Employment Innovations was an early adopter of Google Apps and we now run the entire company on the Google Apps platform. The apps make dealing with general IT issues easier and faster. It also allows better collaboration on documents, presentations and spreadsheets across the business.

iOS, Android 

2. Feedly

My day starts and finishes with Feedly. Feedly consolidates articles from hundreds of news sources, collating them into a single news feed that I can easily read, manage and share.

iOS, Android 

3. Evernote

I’ve been using Evernote for years. It stores anything and everything I need to remember, from ideas and general notes, to business cards and documents. I particularly like their freemium to premium business model, which is similar to the business model we have for our new employment hiring and management tool, Employment Hero.

iOS, Android, Web 

4. TripView

I catch buses and ferries every day and TripView makes navigating Sydney's public transport system easy. It shows timetables (and almost real-time updates), service information and route maps. I'm not sure how I survived without it.

iOS, Android 

5. Audible

Between work and family, it’s difficult to find time to just sit and read a good book. As a solution, I've turned my commuting and exercise time into reading (or listening) time. Audible has more than more than 150,000 titles on its books so there’s something for me no matter my mood.

iOS, Android, Web

6. TripIt

TripIt compiles and stores all my travel itineraries. When I’m so time poor it’s comforting to know that all the elements of my past and future travels, including accommodation, flights, weather, and directions are all in one place.

iOS, Android, Web 

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