10 Must-Have Small Business iPhone Apps for a Productive 2010!

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The iPhone is not just for fun – it’s also a great tool for small business. You can keep track of your customers, finances, and projects, and stay connected to the office no matter where you are.


Here is a starter list of must-have apps for business:

  1. Track your expenses with the Shoeboxed app.

You can actually capture images on your iPhone of a receipt, organize it, and store it online – all for free.

  1. Keep track of time you work on projects with Minibooks.

Connected to FreshBooks, Minibooks will then let you bill your clients for your time.  You can track several projects at once. Even if you turn off your iPhone, it continues to track your time. It’s $9.99 but there is a free lite version you can try to see if you like it.

Plan your taxes ahead of time with Contracter, Freelancer, Small Business Tax Calculator.

By typing in your hourly or weekly rate, this free calculator will tell you what your monthly rate is, how much of it you’ll owe in taxes and how much you get to take home.

Manage your taxes with Opcenter.view- Quickbooks Desktop Data on the GO.

Connect to all your Quickbooks accounts and transactions – the app is only 99 cents, but you’ll have to download a desktop app as well as be a Quickbooks owner to fully use it.

Manage your business contacts with the LinkedIn app.

Browse your business connections from your iPhone, and be ready to establish new contacts with LinkedIn’s free app.

Organize tasks with EasyTask Manager.

Carry a digital to-do list with you, prioritize tasks, and add them to a calendar – all for free.

Keep track of your customers via Salesforce Mobile.

To fully use this app, you’ll need a Salesforce account – though there’s a lite version that you can try out for free for 30 days. Manage your customer accounts and initiate phone calls and emails.

Keep track of payroll through SurePayroll.

Pay employees, enter payroll hours, approve and run your payroll with just one click. This app also keeps track of payroll deadlines and helps submit payroll forms to the government. It’s free, but you’ll need a SurePayroll account to get full access.

Create visualizations of your business data with Roambi-Visualizer.

Get instant access to important information in graphical form. The app is also compatible with Excel spreadsheets. In addition the free version can access Salesforce.com, while the enterprise version is compatible with SAP Crystal Reports and SAP Business Objects.

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Have another business app that you find invaluable? Add it in the comments, and make sure to let the Appolicious community know about it. Find more iPhone apps at Appolicious.

About the Author

Shara Karasic is Director, Social Strategy at Appolicious, an iPhone app recommendation site, where you can find mobile apps you’ll love – including the best iPhone apps for business.