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When you hear the word quick in an app's name, chances are QuickBooks is the first app that pops into your head. Intuit's popular accounting app one of the most well-known apps for businesses, and yet it's not the only tool they make. Its cousin, QuickBase, is an equally great tool for businesses since it helps you make the tools you need yourself.
An online database builder, QuickBase lets you create detailed databases to manage anything you need, and then gives you the team management tools you'd need to setup precise permissions to keep your data safe while still letting your team work together. It all starts with your apps. You can pick from over 700 pre-made apps in the QuickBase Exchange, so you can import and customize CRM tools, document and project managers, calendars and more. Or, you can make your own app by picking out the database fields you need to track—or can import a spreadsheet you've already been using to manage your work, and QuickBooks can turn it into an online app.
Once you've imported your spreadsheet or setup your database, there's little more you'll need to do to start using your new app. QuickBase will have made a form to enter new items in your database automatically, and you can see each of the items you add in your app's default dashboard—and if you imported a pre-made app from the Exchange, you might have even more features automatically. You can dive right in, start using your app for real work, and then add more features as you need them.
For those extra features, the first place you'll want to look is the Customize link in your app's dashboard. There, you can add reports, charts, text, buttons, search boxes, and even embed a webpage into your app. You can add extra pages if you want, tweak how your data's displayed, and more. Then, you can jump over to the Users button in the top of QuickBase's navigation to tweak what parts of your apps can be seen by others on your team. That way, you can let the team members who need to add and/or view data have access to the data and tools they need—and you don't have to worry about the rest of your data getting in the wrong hands.
Your new tool will be a nice addition to your workflow, but on their own they may still feel limited. But they don't have to stay that way. From the QuickBase extensions page, you can install add-ons to your new app to show locations on a Google Maps, integrate document signatures and file uploads, and more. And, you can use QuickBase's mobile apps to add and view data on the go.
Designing your own in-house tools can be a prohibitively expensive and difficult endeavor, but for most tools you need, there's little reason to actually hand-code the full app. Instead, with tools like QuickBase, you can pull together the specific features you need in an hour or less, and get back to work on the things your team's best at doing.