As a small business owner being pragmatic is part of the job description. We decide what tools we need to do the job in the best most efficient way and still remain profitable. When we consider adding new tools to our existing arsenal we also consider cost. Is the return on investment (ROA) going to be worth adding that tool?
Today we are going to look at a few apps that may be worth taking the time to consider. None of these apps cost more than $0.99 so the investment would be minimal. We are only considering apps for iPhone & iPad users in this post.
Let’s say you are away from your office and you need to print a document.
Print Agent Lite is an app that lets you store files, read, and print wirelessly to your printer with or without AirPrint support. There is a ‘smart wizard’ to help you locate available printers. Seems to me an app like this might be handy when you are traveling. Start off with this free version to see if you like the app and if it will work for you. Then you can decide whether or not to upgrade to the paid version.
Those of you who are fond of Google and Google Docs and Gmail will no doubt find this app useful.
gTasks is a task manager that synchronizes with your Google accounts – up to 2 in the free version. You can set up repeating tasks like paying your credit card bill. Once you have completed the task the app updates the task to pay the next month. It does not need a constant internet connection. It will synchronize and update as the internet connection is available. The other nice thing about this is that you always have your data backed up. Priceless…
If you are not into Google but you still need a planner to help you track important dates, then you might try iPlanner. This app is useful for planning everything from work shifts to paying bills to kids activities. It is a calendar that uses colors or icons to help you categorize events. This is not a free app. It runs $0.99. Not a bad investment if you need scheduling/planning assistance.
Who is monitoring your computers when you are away from the office? What if you forgot to do something on your computer but you are not even in the same city as your office? No need to hire office staff just to keep track of your computers. Now there is PC Monitor. This is a secure app that gives you access to your computers remotely. You can monitor up to 3 computers for free. You can monitor, send commands, and get notifications on the status – like when a computer starts up or shuts down. This app supports Windows XP & up, Windows 2003 server & up, Linux major distributions, and Mac OS 10.6 & higher.
Let’s say you have been working with a client trying to get their ‘signature on the dotted line’. You are away from the office and all you have is your iPhone. The client is ready to sign right now. What are you going to do? You certainly do not want to waste this opportunity. There is an app that will let you get that signature right there and then. SignNow has been featured in Forbes, Inc Magazine, ESPN, Techcrunch, Mashable, Lifehacker and the list goes on. Deron Williams used this to sign his $98M NBA contract. It must be good. Signatures are legally binding and secured with bank quality encryption. You can’t get much better than that and it’s a free app! Now that’s a good investment.
There is one last app I would like to mention. Evereader Pro is a document reader, manager, scanner, and private file storage app. It’s an all-in-one tool for organizing, reading, storing, transferring and emailing documents on the go. It supports numerous file types – images (jpg, png, gif, tiff), PDF, iWork documents like Pages & Numbers, Office documents like Word & Excel & PowerPoint, audio (mp3, aac, audible, wav, etc), video as in all iPhone supported formats) and even html. It also supports retina graphics and air print. It is continually being developed with new features. This app will run you $0.99. Have a look at the official description since mine will not even come close to doing it justice.
I hope that you found at least one of these apps that you can add to your small business arsenal. Geek Girl spends a lot of time evaluating apps so you don’t have to. Stop by and check out the web site. You can even make a request for an app review. I do those on a regular basis. My readers are my best sources.