Guest Post: Not all the apps below I’ve had the opportunity to try myself. This was a post written by Jane Johnson. Thank you for taking the time to write this for my audience. I’ll begin to look into your recommendations and give you my feedback. Based on a quick look of each app, they all look promising. Enjoy.
Stock your business arsenal with the right tools for success
The business world is ever-evolving, and as business owners we must stay ahead of the curve to succeed. Technology can help businesses, large and small, stay competitive, grow, and survive during hard times thanks to thousands of smart phone apps specifically for business. Apps for business provide many of the tools and resources that small businesses might not otherwise have access to. However, with so many business apps to choose from, how do you know you’re downloading the best business arsenal for your particular needs?
To help take the stress out of business apps, I’ve put together the following list of the Top 5 Apps to Help Grow Your Small Business. These apps are available for download, many for absolutely free, to your iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S, and numerous other wireless devices.
1. MetroFax (Free)
This fax app for the iPhone offers small businesses a fully-accessible fax service. Enjoy the big business perks with MetroFax, an app that allows you to send and receive faxes—right from your iPhone. You’ll never have to stress about missing an invoice, an important fax, or legal documents ever again.
2. LinkedIn (Free)
I like to think of LinkedIn as my personal marketing team—even though I have a small business consisting of one employee: me! The LinkedIn app is all I really need for network with prospective clients, business partners, freelance employees, business partners, and vendors. Simply, this app connects those who need a service with those who can provide that service. It’s professional networking at my fingertips. I can use my iPhone (or Android, BlackBerry, or any smart phone) to connect with potential customers anywhere, at any time of day.
3. Primadesk (Free)
This multi-functional app (for Web, iOS and Android) makes content management easy. The Primadesk app keeps all cloud-based business content organized and easily accessible via search hash tags. Plus, it’s great for remote groups who need to share, view, manage and backup all business content from a single interface—i.e., if collaborating on a project—regardless of their chosen computer or mobile device. To share or save a document simply drag and drop Word docs, multimedia, spreadsheets, and photos from your desktop to Primadesk.
4. Abukai (Free)
This financial business app was given the “Editor’s Choice”, a 2011 award given by PC Magazine for outstanding business expensing applications. Not a hard task when you’re compatible with almost any mobile device—including iPhone, Android and Blackberry. The Abukai app makes filing financial reports a synch in three easy steps:
I. Take a picture of any receipt or invoice with your mobile device s
II. Submit it
III. Receive a completed expense report at the end of a designated period (week’s end, month’s end)
5. OmniFocus ($19.99)
Pricy, but totally worth every penny—the OmniFocus app for iPhone puts you in control of task management when you have your smart phone within arm’s reach. That’s why it won the Apple Design Award for best Productivity App. OmniFocus tracks tasks by project name or number, place, person, or even the date. you’ll always have your important information at hand, whether it’s a shopping list, agenda items to discuss at work, things to do at home—whatever you need.
Bio: Jane Johnson is a writer for GoingCellular, a popular site that provides cell phone related news, commentary, reviews on popular providers like T-Mobile.