The 10 Best iPhone Apps for Small Businesses

From games to ringtones to mobile banking, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the number of applications in the Apple App Store. But why not use these user-friendly apps to your advantage? It seems like there is an app for everything--and lucky for us, it makes everyday living and working even easier. Here are my favorite 10 iPhone apps for small businesses:

Documents To Go- Office Suite ($9.99) Premium ($16.99)
Almost all businesses, no matter the size or industry, use the Microsoft Office system. It is easy to access files and read them on your iPhone, but editing them and creating them was nearly impossible. Until now! With the Documents To Go app, you can easily type up a spreadsheet or fix a Word document. If you are willing to pay a little more for the Premium- Office Suite, you can also create and edit PowerPoint presentations no matter where you are.

Dragon Dictation (Free)
Have you ever had an incredibly long email to write but no desire to sit down and type it all out? Using Dragon Dictation you never have to type again! This app uses voice recognition allowing you to easily see your speech in text format. Once you have spoken into Dragon Dictation it is easy to cut and paste your text into any word box and the job is done!

Dropbox (Free)
Do you ever wish that you had access to certain documents regardless of having your computer on hand? With Dropbox it is simple to save almost anything and then access it from your computer, iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Did you forget all of your electronics? That's ok! Using the Dropbox website on a different computer still gives you access to your files! Any file you save to your dropbox account is instantly accessible by any of the aforementioned venues. It is also easy to share any of your files or photos with colleagues and friends!

Evernote (Free)
Evernote makes note taking a breeze. This app helps you keep notes, voice memos, to-do lists, and pictures organized and accessible from your iPhone, your computer, or the internet. In addition, with the ease of searching on Evernote, you will be able to find any text you are looking for!

Instapaper ($3.99)
If you are as busy as I am then you probably don't have the time to read long blog posts or interesting articles the second you find them. Using the Instapaper app, you are able to save almost any text from the internet to read leisurely at a later date or time. Everything you save is downloaded so it is accessible offline for easy reading anywhere and everywhere. In addition, the app formats the reading with user ease in mind!

LinkedIn (Free)
The LinkedIn app puts your LinkedIn profile right at your fingertips, giving you easy access to your professional network. Use the app to connect with members and stay up-to-date with those you are already connected with. It is also easy to keep up with your various groups as well as the latest industry news.

MiniBooks (FreshBooks) ($14.99) or Lite (Free)
MiniBoooks puts the FreshBooks web invoicing software into a user friendly app. With MiniBooks, you can manage clients, invoices, estimates, and expenses no matter where you might be! In addition, MiniBooks has the ability to synchronize with your FreshBooks account. The free account has the same great features but limits you to only 3 clients.

OmniFocus ($19.99)
The OmniFocus app makes task management a breeze! This app lets you keep track of tasks in a variety of ways: date, person, place, or project. The most recent update even lets you capture tasks through Siri. Features include the ability to synchronize your tasks with other copies of OmniFocus, the ability to attach pictures and audio to tasks, and notifications when a task is due.

QuickBooks Mobile (Free)
Similar to the QuickBooks Online website, QuickBooks Mobile lets you manage customers, estimates, invoices, and sales receipts. More specifically, you can view and edit customer information, track sales, convert estimates to invoices, and check bank and credit card balances. The app gives you the ability to "take a test drive" and try it with sample data.

Skype (Free)
The free Skype app lets you connect face-to-face with people all over the world. The simple format allows you to make voice calls, video calls, and to send messages and pictures either over your Wi-Fi connection or over your 3G/4G network. It is rather inexpensive to call landlines and mobile phones using Skype Credit.

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  • Great selection of apps Caitlin. I have yet to try out OmniFocus but will give it a go.

    Two more apps that I would add into your list:

    MobileDay - ( For the small business owner or executive that is on calls a lot with customers, partners or anyone else this one touch dialing solution can save a lot of time fumbling around for a phone number and passcode.

    Trendslide - ( It is incredibly important to know how your business is performing on a day to day basis. With Trendslide, a mobile app for iPhone and iPad, you can always have a pulse on your business. Trendslide securely connects to data sources like Facebook, Twitter, Google Analytics, Salesforce and others and allows you to get key information from these sources. In full disclosure, I'm one of the Co-Founders of Trendslide but it's free to download and I think definitely worth it for SMB's.

  • In reply to Jeffrey:

    Thanks so much Jeffrey! Those are both great apps & I appreciate you sharing with the readers.

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