The response to my article 101 Small Business Web Applications You Must Check Out was overwhelmingly positive! Thank you for all the awesome suggestions and comments.
I decided to write this second article based on all the additional recommendations I received, with the emphasis on mobile applications focused on helping small businesses. Some of these mobile applications are completely free and some of them are freemium (free for basic version, then you pay for an upgraded version). Which mobile apps do you love? What other apps are the real deal that we might have missed? Send us your comments and suggestions!
Here is the list of categories we will cover in this article:
- Sales Management
- Human Resources
- Web and Social Media
- Mobile Payment
- Information Technology
- File Management
P.S. You will meet some of these awesome mobile companies at BizTech [Mobile] on May 12, 2011!
Roambi: This allows users to get the latest business intelligence on their phones. Users can import data from an Excel spreadsheet to Salesforce or SAP. Cost: FREE to $99/user/year
Salesforce: Salesforce allows users to view and edit sales information, log sales and service activities, and receive new leads and customer requests. Cost: FREE
Kinito: This allows users to create, read and update sales accounts, contacts, leads, and opportunities. Cost: FREE
OmniFocus: Allows users to track tasks by project, place, person or date. Cost: $19.99/user/year
Daylite Touch: Allows users to combines tasks, calendars, projects, opportunities, and contacts for the team. Cost: FREE
iTimesheet: Allows users to keep track of time spent on projects, clients, and billings. Users can also back up timesheet data to an FTP server, or export to Excel format. Cost: $5.99/user/year
HoursTracker – Time Sheet: This allows users to track time spent on projects and view earnings, including different rates for different tasks. Cost: $2.99/user/year
Skype: Skype allows user to make and receive free Skype-to-Skype calls and converse via instant messaging. Cost: FREE
Google Translate: This allows user to translate words and phrases in more than 50 languages. Cost: FREE
Fuze Meeting: Allows user participate in online meetings and see real-time screen sharing while talking on the phone. Cost: FREE
Voice Broadcast: Allows users to record audio content to send to multiple users immediately or at a future time. Great for keeping colleagues and team members up to date with quick voice messages. Cost: FREE
Yammer: Yammer allows user to share ideas, get answers and stay connected with colleagues through multiple communication feeds in your company. Cost: FREE
WhatsApp: This allows users to to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. Cost: $0.99/user
HeyTell: Allows users to leave voicemail with friends and coworkers. Cost: FREE
Word Lens: Word Lens allows users to instantly translate Spanish to English using a camera phone. Cost: FREE to $9.99/user
PGI Mobile: Allows users to host and record audio conferences using mobile phone. Users can see who’s talking, lock calls, and adjust or mute audio. Cost: FREE
WorldCard Mobile: Allows users to scan business cards and export to iPhone or Outlook contacts. Cost: $5.99
Card Munch: Allows users to take a photo and submit your business card. Each business card will be transcribed, edited and reviewed by virtual workers to guarantee accuracy. Cost: FREE
Bump: Allows users to use their phone to bump another phone. If both people confirm that the match is indeed correct, contact information will be exchanged between phones. Cost: FREE
Hashable: Hashable allows users to track their business relationships; record meetings, calls and intros; and exchange business cards. Cost: FREE
Linkedin: Allows users to access their Linkedin professional network and contacts on their phones. Cost: FREE
Web and Social Media
Analytics Apps: Allows users to view and build reports based on Google Analytics data. Cost: $6.99/user
Twitter: Allows users to get instant updates from friends and industry experts and tweet from multiple accounts. Cost: FREE
Facebook: Facebook allows users to update status, browse News Feed and view friends’ Profiles from their phones. Cost: FREE
GoDaddy: Search and buy domains. Cost: FREE
Domainr: Search and buy domains. Cost: FREE
iSwipe: Allows users to process major credit cards payment on a mobile phone. Cost: FREE
Square: Allows users to collect credit card payments by plugging a reader into a phone or iPad. Cost: 2.75 percent per transaction
Cimbal: Allows users to pay using a smartphone in the store, online and person-to-person anywhere Cimbal is accepted. Cost: Free between individuals
Venmo: Allows users to pay with iPhone, Android or Blackberry. Cost: FREE
Paypal: Allows users to pay and manage Paypal account using iPhone, Android or Blackberry. Cost: FREE
Whiteboard Capture: Allows users to filter pictures of whiteboards to remove undesirable artifacts and get a near-perfect digital image. Cost: $1.99/user
Evernote: Allows users to save ideas and notes in text, voice and photos and access from any device. Cost: $FREE to $5/user/month
Mindjet: Allows users to capture and share ideas on the go, and transfer mind maps to and from Mac or PC. Cost: $7.99/user
iShare: Allows users to connect to Microsoft SharePoint Server, giving them access to their corporate documents, tasks and meetings from anywhere. Cost: FREE
Awesome Note: Allows users to organize notes and to-do lists in folders, create custom lists and schedules, attach photos, and sync with Google Docs or Evernote. Cost: $3.99
SmartTime Pro: Allows users to manage appointments, and fit additional tasks around them. Cost: $4.99
Things: Allows users to manage to-dos, notes, due dates and projects. User can also schedule tasks and manage priorities using custom tags. Cost: $9.99
Bento: Allows users to manage personal or business data by organizing information using templates for contacts, projects, to-do items and customer information. Cost: $4.99
Convert ~ The Unit Calculator: Allows users to convert and calculate units. Cost: $2.99
Jump Desktop: Allows users to remotely access Mac or PC systems. Remote applications can be controlled with simple gestures to zoom, pan, click, scroll and type with ease. Cost: $19.99/user
FTP On The Go: Allows users to view, edit and download files from an FTP server. Cost: $6.99/user
Wyse PocketCloud Pro: Allows users to access their terminal, server or supported PC virtually. Users can view and manage Windows desktop remotely. Cost: $14.99/user
Network Utility Pro: Allows users to check performance and status of the corporate servers using network tools including ping and TCP/IP port scans. Cost: $0.99/user
1Password: Allows users to securely store important passwords and information. Cost: $9.99/user
Tap Forms Database: Allows users to create and edit built-in or custom database forms on the go. Cost: $6.99/user
Patent Finder: Allows users to search the entire U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) database for issued patents and patent applications, and email saved PDFs of search results. Cost: $4.99/user
Right Signature: Allows users to sign contracts, proposals and NDAs from the phone. Cost: FREE
Keynote Remote: Allows users to control your Keynote (Apple) slide presentation on your Mac from your iPod touch or iPhone. Cost: $0.99/user
Keypoint: Allows users to build, play, share and export presentations on a mobile phone. Cost: $1.99/user
File Sharing and Management
PDF Reader Pro: Allows users to create and access high-quality PDFs and other files on a mobile phone. Cost: $0.99/user
Box.net: Allows users to access files from anywhere and securely share content. Cost: FREE
Mobile Phax: Allows users to use mobile camera to capture and clean up documents, convert them to multipage PDFs, and email them to others. Cost: $4.99/user
Dropbox: Allows users to sync files between computers and upload photos from a mobile phone. Cost: FREE
FileMagnet: Allows users to transfer files from a desktop computer to mobile. Cost: FREE
Quickoffice® Mobile Office Suite: Allows user to access and edit MS Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and other files for access to remote or local files. Cost: $9.99/user
Documents To Go: Allows user to create and edit business documents; modify, create, or view Microsoft Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations; and access PDF, iWork, RTF and Google documents and graphics files. Cost: $9.99/user
InerTrak: Allows users to manage time spent on projects, hourly rates, and billed/unbilled time and money. Good for contract workers or anyone who works on multiple projects on a hourly basis. Cost: $4.99/user
Minibooks: Allows users to manage client records, record time against projects, generate invoices and track payments. Cost: $14.99/user
Timewerks: Allows users to keep track of billable hours and materials spent on projects, create reports and send invoices. Cost: FREE to $9.99/user
Omni Invoice: Allows users to create sales quotes and customer invoices from anywhere and email them directly to customers. Cost: $4.99
iXpenseIt: Allows users to record and track business and personal expenses, and create expense reports and summaries that include photos of receipts. Cost: $4.99/user
Mobile Receipt: Allows users to take high-quality photos of receipts; automatically adjust for character recognition; and create and email formatted PDF, RTF, or text expense reports. Cost: FREE
Currency: Allows users to get the latest exchange rate information for over 90 currencies and 100 countries. Cost: $4.99/user
Currency Exchange – Currency Converter: Allows users to convert dozens of international currencies using the latest exchange rates. Cost: $0.99/user
While this article contains a great list of applications, many of which I do use, it contains factual errors that make me question the accuracy of the content. Applications like Daylite Touch are not free. For that particular one, it is free to download, but the cost is $49.99 per device per year, plus the cost of Daylite and Daylite Server on your Mac in order to use your own data. The free version just allows you to test sample data to preview the application.
Also, you list GoDaddy as free to search and get domains. Of course it is free to search for domains, but you also list the service as a place to buy domains and that is certainly not free.
DropBox is also listed as free. While they have a free option, there are premium versions if you exceed the memory allotment.
I think it’s important that readers know and understand that there are cost components. If they see everything listed as free, then find out it’s not, the article loses credibility and readers become disengaged.
Are all of these available on Blackberry or are they the typical iPhone/Android apps?
A new app that I have found to be invaluable is Instapaper.com. I come across all kind of articles on when on twitter or facebook or emails (which I do from my phone)and want to be able to read them no matter what device I am on.
Edith Yeung: Great list of apps! I will share this list to my Twitter followers. I like the CinchCast app very much. With this app you could record an audio file and it will become a podcast that you could share on Twitter, Facebook, embed on your blog, etc.
Edith: check out AHG Cloud Note (cloudnote.net) – it helps people create visual instructions, step-by-step guides, share them and publish to wiki / knowledge base. Useful tool for small business.
Mobile for business is a must. In today’s fast paced culture, you never leave home without your keys, wallet and mobile phone. In a recent survey the average employee spends 2.3 hours on the job using their mobile device. As a business owner, you can not afford to be without access to these 6 million potential leads.
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Great list of mobile apps!!! Some of the apps were new to me and i got caught by them. I realize I need to try to use them for sure
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