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Ten Useful Apps for Small Businesses

Small business owners are busy. It goes with the territory. So here’s a collection of 10 useful small business apps to help make running your business a little bit easier.

1. Expensify

You know expense receipt-keeping is important, but it can be painful. Turn to Expensify to sync with your credit cards and bank accounts. Cash purchases can be scanned by simply taking a picture of the receipt.

Cost: Free. However, there's a cost for team and corporate plans.

Compatibility: iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone

2. LinkedIn ®

If you are already a LinkedIn member (and you should be), download the app for your phone. It makes it so much easier to network, reach out to that occasional contact, and stay in-the-know regarding the activities of a group or company.

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone

3. Any.DO

Task management by phone is a must-have for many small business owners. This one features voice input for new items. And you can just shake the phone to remove completed tasks.
Cost: Free
Compatibility: iPhone, Android

4. Sign Now

Sometimes you're on the road and a signature is required. This is a good solution to save the day. Just upload the PDF, Word document, or other file, sign with your finger, and then email or save it.
Cost: Free
Compatibility: iPhone, Android

5. Asana

This collaborative information management software (fancy words for shared task list) helps you plan projects and organize the task lists for you and your team.
Cost: Free for teams of up to 30. Premium version for larger groups.
Compatibility: iPhone

6. inDinero

inDinero is billed as a one-stop accounting-needs tool. It will help you keep your books, file your taxes and manage your payroll. It pulls in records and gives you a comprehensive view of your finances.
Cost: While the mobile app itself is free, there is cost for the software with plans from $349 to $1,999 a month.
Compatibility: iPhone

7. Foursquare

Foursquare is used by millions of consumers who "check in" from wherever they are. They recently announced a mobile app which allows small business owners to push specials to customers directly from their mobile devices.
Cost: Free
Compatibility: iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone

8. Evernote

This handy app helps you remember whatever you need to remember across multiple devices. You can type, record voice notes, and snap pictures. It's all about making you more productive.
Cost: Free. Premium Evernote is $5/month.
Compatibility: iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone

9. TripIt ®

Travel frequently for business? TripIt helps you stay organized. Just forward your reservation confirmation emails and the app builds an itinerary you can access while on the go.
Cost: Free. TripIt Pro adds various bells and whistles such as mobile alerts for flight changes for $49/year.
Compatibility: iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone

10. HootSuite

You know social media is important, but it's time-consuming to keep up with multiple apps like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and LinkedIn. HootSuite pulls them all together, allowing you to use a single app to communicate on a variety of social media platforms.
Cost: Free. Upgrade to Pro version for $9.99 a month.
Compatibility: iPhone, Android, Blackberry

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