14 Smartphone Apps for Business

A smartphone is an essential business tool these days. Judiciously equipped with the right apps, it can be a great productivity tool. There are thousands of smartphone apps, and many “best for business” lists. Here are some of the most powerful and profitable ones…

Which Biz Apps Make Your Smartphone Smarter?

Square Up is Square, Inc.’s mobile app that lets you take credit card payments anywhere. Sign up for free, and they’ll mail you a free card reader.
DataViz Documents to Go lets you view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files, and simply view PDF documents. For iOS, Android, and Blackberry. The free version lets you view and edit Word and Excel files. In-app purchases add the ability to access files via cloud services (such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive), sync files to your desktop, and open password-protected files.
Scan2PDF Mobile converts snapshots of contracts, receipts, and other documents into full-color PDF files that you can email to your desktop with one click. $6.40 on Google Play, $6.98 on the Apple Store or $14.99 on the developer’s Web site (go figure).
Essential Business Apps
TextPlus uses ambient WiFi to provide free calling and texting between 50 million or more TextPlus users. Texts to non-users are free and voice calls are as low as 2 cents a minute, even cheaper than Skype in many cases. Very handy if you’re in a building where there’s no cellular signal but you do have wifi available.
TeamViewer is a remote access app enabling tech support of clients from your phone, with full access to their desktops or to server administration consoles. It also gives you access to files on unattended computers.
Concur Mobile is a travel management and expense reporting app. Book flights, rental cars, hotel rooms; capture electronic credit card records and snap photos of receipts, then annotate them for reports; prepare and submit expense reports. Works with other Concur services.
Wriker integrates with Google Apps for Business to enable mobile project management: collaboration with coworkers on Docs; task creation, assignment, and tracking; calendar scheduling; and more.
Mynd for iOS adds LinkedIn profile info to your appointments, giving you insight into the people you are meeting. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mynd-smart-calendar-meeting/id568604969?mt=8
Taxi Magic simplifies and streamlines taxi summoning, payment, and expense reporting. It’s available in over 60 U.S. cities, and competes with Uber and Lyft.
Waze makes your commute easier with optimal route mapping, turn-by-turn directions, and crowdsources traffic info – including speed traps. Handy for getting around traffic snarls via alternate routes.
Harvest is a time-tracking app for keeping track of billable time spent online.

Some apps are not written specifically for business use, but they do come in handy for business-related tasks:
Knock unlocks your Mac with two taps on your iPhone.
Dark Sky uses the latest meteorological data and algorithms to predict whether it’s going to rain or snow at your exact location.
I use the Chase Mobile app to check my business checking account balances, transfer funds, make payments, even deposit checks. Other banks have similar apps. Just be sure to download them from the bank’s website, to avoid getting a rogue app that will transfer all your funds to Russian hackers.
What mobile business apps do you consider essential?

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