By installing a few choice apps on their smartphones, small business users can manage their time better, improve their productivity, share and store files more quickly, exchange business card information with greater ease, and in general do business more conveniently and more effectively. And what’s great is that all these apps work with both iOS and Android devices, and are free.
• Bump for Networking
(iOS, Android) [Free]
A business card scanner is a must-have app for a small business user, and Bump is probably the best free one available. It enables you to exchange business card information with new contacts just by tapping smartphones together. Only the information that you want shared will be shared.
• Dropbox for File Sharing and Storage
(All Platforms) [Free Basic Accounts]
One of the best file sharing and storage services ever made, Dropbox is a must-have app for small business users, as it enables simple on-the-go file sharing between employees. Dropbox beats other similar services because of its intuitive interface and ease of use. Ideal for document, report, datasheet, and PDF file sharing.
• Pocket Informant for Time Management
(All Platforms) [Commercial]
With this accessible app you can set up events and tasks and display them together according to your preferences. This app also synchronizes Google and Google Tasks, Outlook, and iOS calendars. Additionally it helps you manage your contacts and notes efficiently.
• Evernote for Note-taking and Sharing
(iOS & Android) [Free]
An indispensable app for every smartphone user, Evernote lets you quickly take notes, create to do lists, and store content – including images – for future reference. All the things you store can be then easily shared with colleagues or employees. Think of this app like notepad on steroids with sharing features. Once you get used to Evernote you won’t be able to live without it.
• Toggl for Time Tracking and Invoicing
(iOS & Android) [Free]
This app has two uses, as a time tracking app for employees, which helps them improve their productivity by better managing their time, and as an invoicing solution that enables you to bill customers by the hour. What’s great about it is that it works with the cloud, so that you can easily store records or invoices.
There are many more good smartphone apps for small business users out there, both free and premium, so do check the app stores!