The Apple iPhone has quickly become the go-to tool for business management, replacing the archaic PDA. The iPhone gives you the power to manage your business no matter your current location. With various applications you can collaborate with employees and co-workers on projects, fully manage company payroll, share files worldwide, improve time management, and more. However, the Apple store currently holds over 100,000 iPhone applications. So how do you choose the applications that will benefit your business the most?
In this article we’ll be discussing five powerful iPhone business applications. These applications will help you manage your projects, ideas, files, and time. Specifically, we’ll be covering: Huddle, which provides companies a streamlined method of managing projects, SurePayroll, which assists in typical payroll tasks, Dropbox, which provides worldwide file sharing and syncing, iThoughts, a fully featured mind mapping application, and OmniFocus, a powerful task management application.
1. Huddle [Free - $200 /mo]
Huddle provides you with the ability to schedule meetings, conference over the web, edit documents, share files, and manage entire projects. Huddle is accessible by anyone you designate. Projects are organized into individual workspaces, helping to keep everything organized and separate. Costs range from free to $200 a month. The free option provides a single workspace and 100MB of storage. $8 a month also provides a single workspace, but 1GB of storage. $40 a month provides five workspaces and 2GB of storage. $72 a month provides ten workspaces and 5GB of storage. Finally, $200 a month option intended for large corporations provides twenty-five workspaces and 25GB of storage.
2. SurePayroll [Free]
SurePayroll is a powerful payroll management application that allows you to calculate wages, deductions, and benefits. In addition, you can manage sick time, vacation time, and hours for payroll. The calendar feature gives an overview of payroll deadlines, bank holidays, birthdays, etc. Finally, SurePayroll gives you the ability to view detailed employee and company earnings reports, tax information, and year-to-date totals. SurePayroll is a completely free iPhone app, however, the service itself does come with a fee depending on your needs.
3. Dropbox [Free]
With Dropbox you can upload to and manage files from a secure online folder. This gives you the ability to upload a document from your computer and access it on any of your devices where you have installed the Dropbox app. You can also edit and update files directly from your Dropbox, which is fantastic for getting things done on the move. Dropbox provides a free option with 2GB of storage space, but for heavier users willing to spend $9.99 a month you can purchase a plan with 50GB of storage. For $19.99 a month you can store up to 100GB of data, which means you could store your entire music and photo libraries in the cloud for easy access from anywhere.
4. iThoughts [$7.99]
iThoughts is an extremely feature-rich mind mapping application, giving you the ability to manage and organize your thoughts on your iPhone. With iThoughts, you can link between topics, share your maps with co-workers via a flash enabled browser, and wirelessly upload your maps to your computer. It supports desktop formats, so you’ll be able to view them on your Mac, Windows, or Linux PC.
5. OmniFocus [$19.99]
Finally, let’s discuss OmniFocus. OmniFocus is a task management application. It gives you the ability to create due dates for particular tasks, completion estimates for these tasks, and create recurring tasks. It can organize each task by function. For example, it will create a folder for home tasks, a folder for work tasks, a folder for errands, etc. OmniFocus also allows you to sync between your iPhone and Mac or Windows PC.
The Apple iPhone provides businesses and individuals a near limitless amount of powerful tools and applications. Each of the five we’ve covered in this article will strengthen your productivity and simplify your tasks.