When the iPhone was first released, there was some question as to whether it was practical for business. Sure, it was slick and cool, but would it really help you run your business better? Any doubts have long since been dispelled, and that’s mostly because of the iPhone App Store and the thousands of applications that have been created to make entrepreneurs’ lives easier. Here is a list of 7 such apps, along with their prices. Check them out to increase your business productivity, even on the go.
Documents to Go Premium – $14.99
Need to access, create and edit Microsoft Office documents, like Word, Excel and PowerPoint, from your phone? With the Documents to Go app, you’ll be able to do that easily, on the fly. Using folder synchronization, you’ll be able to transfer files between your phone and desktop as well. Whether you have a sudden spark of inspiration, or you’re working in your car between meetings, this app will let you create and update docs on your own schedule.
Scanner Pro – $6.99
The Scanner Pro app turns your iPhone’s camera into a simple scanner. Scan in notes, document details, receipts, or even a portion of a magazine article with Scanner Pro. To make it work well, you’ll need a steady hand, so practice with it a bit, and soon you’ll wonder how you did without it.
FTP on the Go – $6.99
FTP on the Go offers all the features of a desktop FTP client, and more. Let’s say you’re sitting at Starbucks, and you notice a glaring error on your website. Don’t rush back to the office. Just fix it and upload the change right from your phone! Need to download a file that’s on your server? You can do that too.
TripIt – Free
If you travel a lot, whether for business or pleasure, TripIt is a must. This app is a travel organizer that builds trip itineraries and organize your travel plans all in one place. Just add email@example.com to your itinerary recipients when you book your travel at any site, and the app does the rest. If you’re a frequent traveler, you can upgrade to TripIt Pro for $69/year (after 30 day free trial), which offers mobile travel alerts, alternate flight suggestions, frequent flyer point tracking and more.
Line2 – $14.95/mo
There’s been quite a bit of buzz about this app, and with good reason. Line2 is a very cool app indeed. It utilizes your iPhone’s WiFi capabilities to allow you to make VoIP calls. Not only does this help when you don’t have a strong AT&T signal, because it bypasses your AT&T calling plan, it won’t use your minutes. Oh, and if that’s not cool enough, Line2 can turn your iTouch into a full-blown cell phone!
To-Do List – $0.99
The To-Do List app helps you keep track of all your lists – grocery lists, shopping lists, birthdays, house chores, business items, and more. Tasks can easily be added, categorized, edited, removed, and sorted. The drag and drop feature makes it really easy to use this app to prioritize all the day’s tasks, and you can even create repeating tasks and carry those tasks you didn’t get done over to the next day.
iBlueSky – $9.99
If you’ve never heard of mind mapping, you’d be wise to look into it. It’s a great way to take notes, map out projects, and brainstorm, among other things. The iBlueSky app makes mind mapping easy on your iPhone or iTouch. When that genius idea hits, you don’t want to have to try to remember it or write it on a napkin. iBlueSky gives you the power to take that idea and expand on it fully, then save it for later and export it in Novamind, PDF or PNG formats.
Many of the above apps will work on the iPod Touch as well as the iPhone, so even if you don’t have AT&T or don’t want the iPhone, you might be able to take advantage of their features. Check them out at the Apple App Store, and pump up your productivity on the go!