Take care not to underestimate the potential value that mobile business apps have to offer. From Apple’s iPhone to Google’s Android to the Blackberry, and so on and so forth, there is an already huge – and exponentially increasing – demand for new and innovative apps.
Needless to say, this demand has been met by thousands upon thousands of eager developers; many of the brightest minds in software today have even entered the arena to try their luck. Unfortunately, however, it seems that for every positive app added to the market, you will have to sift through four other (relatively) useless ones. Not to say that the enormous supply is necessarily a bad thing, it’s just that each individual has different appetites, but the question arises: how does one find those apps tailored to their own needs?
Here are some useful apps I discovered through the combined might of the magazine Entrepreneur, word of mouth, and the Apple Store that I recommend you check out:
- Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite: Microsoft Office productivity suite with access to cloud services. This app allows you to work with documents and spreadsheets on the go (open, edit, and share). iPhone, Android. $10 approx.
- BAII Plus Financial Calculator: allows you to calculate cash-flow analysis, amortization schedules, depreciation, and other financial metrics as well as basic trig and logarithmic functions. iPhone. $15 approx.
- Inertrak: as someone who freelances a lot of different projects and has multiple clients/jobs at any single time, I see the value of this app and recommend it to anyone in a similar position. It’s a task management tool geared towards entrepreneurs with multiple projects and assignments. It has various functions, from determining how you allocate your time (for those of us who struggle with time management) to calculating how you’re billing your clients and with different rates. As easy to use as any stopwatch. iPhone. $5 approx.
- Babelingo: the international businessman’s best friend. This app translates words and phrases in eleven international languages. Pure and simple. iPhone. $2 approx.
- Beat the Traffic: the usefulness of this app is not limited to the realm of business, but should prove helpful on any car commuter’s day-to-day with it’s live traffic monitoring. Also covers weather. One of its pitfalls, however, is how it’s limited to about 100-150 U.S. and Canadian cities. But who are you to turn down free software? iPhone, Blackberry. $0.
- Poynt: I already know a lot of people who use this app, so this might be old news, but this app poynts you to retailers, restaurants, gas stations, etc. all around your immediate area in real time. Also gives you directions through Google Maps. iPhone, Android, Blackberry. $0.
- JuiceDefender: disables mobile connectivity and other battery consuming features until you need them again. For those having trouble with the allegedly terrible battery life inherent to Google’s otherwise impressive smart phone. Android. $0.
- LinkedIn: I’m a big fan of LinkedIn, the Facebook of the professional world. Access your profile while on-the-go for free. Enough said. iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm webOS. $0.
- Easy Tie: I’m half joking with my inclusion of this app, but it really can come into use for some. To quote the Android marketplace, “Easy Tie is an app that shows you step-by-step how to tie a necktie. Knots included: -Simple Knot -Double K. -Small K. -Half Windsor K. -Windsor K…” and more 🙂 Android. $0.
- Dictionary of Business Terms: regular updates, useful to all, even the casual consumer. Jump on this if you frequently find yourself in compromising (embarrassing) situations where access to such a reference would help. BlackBerry: $3, iPhone: $1.
I apologize for not including apps for a wider variety of phones, but feel free to comment with your own favorite apps 🙂
Source: “The Smartphone Gets Smarter” by Entrepreneur‘s Jason Ankeny.