While iPhones have an amazing number of applications with social and personal use benefits, there are actually a number of applications, or apps, which can help you grow and manage your business.
The iPhone itself comes with the Microsoft Exchange, which gives you the ability to send and receive email messages with the touch of a button along with the ability to view documents on your phone. Because of the view screen, viewing documents is easy and productive. The Microsoft Exchange also lets you view your calendar.
Additionally, surfing the web, checking your stats on an affiliate site or logging into your Google Analytics is quick and easy with the iPhone user interface. But let’s get beyond this basic stuff and into where the real productivity lies – the iPhone applications!
Bento is an iPhone application that helps you take client information with you on the road, track trip expenses, create to-do lists, manage membership lists, or plan events. It works with the applications that come with your iPhone which makes it easy to use and integrate. It’s billed as a “Productivity” tool and costs $4.99.
“Things” is another task manager. It’s an iPhone staff pick and it’s designed to help you organize, schedule, and complete your to-do list. It lets you schedule tasks to do right way, tasks to do tomorrow and tasks to do “someday”. And you can synchronize it with your computer so your task list can follow you where you go. Things costs $9.99.
This application lets you copy documents onto your iPhone and review them whenever and wherever. Capabilities include Microsoft Office, Pages, Keynote, PDFs, images, and more. The cost is $4.99.
Xpense Tracker is exactly what it sounds like – it helps you track your expenses. As a business owner this can be a very useful tool. XpenseTracker also offers reporting and exporting options. It lets you track mileage, set your currency, and use the iPhone camera to record receipts. You can also create categories for expenses like mileage, meals, airfare and so on. It costs $4.99.
Social networking plays a very important role in the success of some businesses. There are many applications that allow networking while away from your computer; however, the iPhone staff recommends AIM. AIM lets you send instant messages right from your iPhone.
And there are website specific applications too like the FaceBook and Twitter, which are free to install.
The iPhone offers a number of applications far beyond the scope of this article to help you stay productive even when you’re away from your computer and still need to conduct business and keep tabs on your progress, traffic and sales.