For road warriors and nonstop CEOs, the iPhone has practically become another appendage. Whether you're in the office, on a train or in another state, you're always searching for ways to successfully run your small business. Take a look at these free or inexpensive business apps that tap into the mobile experience -- no matter where you are -- and help improve productivity and efficiency all day long.
After a long business trip, you're dreading sitting at your computer sorting through receipts and completing a confusing expense report form for reimbursement. The app Expensify allows you to file expenses as you make them via your iPhone. The app synchs with credit cards to track real-time purchases, pulls in electronic receipts and scans paper receipts with the iPhone camera. It even produces a PDF report you can email to the finance team.
Small business owners always have a million thoughts running through their heads. New ideas, even great ones, come to their mind all of the time -- but not always when it's easy to write it down. While they're listening to a presentation or in an executive meeting, how can they remember these brilliant ideas? With the help of Evernote, they can quickly and quietly pull out their iPhone and make quick notes in picture, text or with voice.
WebEx meetings and business executives go together like coffee and cream. For busy CEOs on the move, a WebEx meeting is a hassle. But with the Cisco WebEx Meeting Center app, a WebEx meeting is now as close as your iPhone. You can be on these meetings no matter where you are.
While the world is a pretty digital place, paper documents are still necessary in the business world. Chances are, you aren't always lugging around a scanner but oftentimes need one. The app Scanner Pro is easy to carry around -- on your iPhone. Scanner Pro not only snaps a photo of a document, but it allows you to scan several documents, make them into PDF's and adjust the image quality. It's $7 well spent.
Swapping business cards is a popular activity at a conference. However, it can lead to extra work on the backend. A business card reader like CamCard for $7 makes things easy -- and fun. Snap a picture of the business card and you can access it with ease -- no filing, sorting or digging through paper cards.
Small business owners sometimes need help recalling everything they need to do. If a real person isn't in your budget, the next best thing is Siri Assistant -- it's free! A personal assistant like Siri Virtual can remind them to call back their spouse or book a taxi.
Quickoffice and Documents To Go.
While it's not ideal to write Word documents, sift through Spreadsheets or edit PowerPoints on your iPhone, sometimes you may have to buckle down and do it. For the times you have to work on the go, Quickoffice Pro and Documents To Go Premium will be your saving grace. They are both rapidly evolving and overlap the others' advantages. You can't go wrong with either app.
Figuring out what is worth downloading from the App Store can be intimidating if you aren't familiar with all of the latest trends available. The right apps can help you run your business with added ease from anywhere in the world.
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What are your favorite apps as a small business owner?
Author Bio: Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. ChamberofCommerce.com helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.
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