With hundreds of thousands apps now available on iPhone and Android devices, it's now possible to run an entire small business on a smartphone. The secret is to know which applications are critical. Here are some great apps to building a mobile business, based on an infographic on Intomobile (with some of my own app suggestions as well):
Financial Transactions: Processing a customer's purchase on the go is critical. Rule #1 for small business is to always be able to take payments when they're offered. Suggested Apps: Square, Sage Mobile and Intuit GoPayments.
Cash Management: If you don't know where your money is and how you're making it, their business will fail. Suggested Apps: Sage 50, Quickbooks or Mint.
Project Management: More small-business owners are working with employees and freelancers who are remote. This makes project management more complex. Suggested Apps: Outpost, and Project Schedule.
Communications: Conference or video calls to view the same documents boost collaboration. Suggested Apps: iMeet, Skype, and Facetime.
Social Media: Every popular product has a mobile app version. Use them instead of the slower browser based solution.
Backup and Recovery. If a smartphone is lost, ensure the activation of a locator service (or a security app) that can find it and that the data can be recovered. Suggested Apps: Find My iPhone, iCloud, LocateMyDroid, and MyBackupPro.
What do you use to manage your business on a smartphone?
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