I am constantly on the go and still need to access documents, manage my business, update my websites, and keep my social media networks updated on what’s going on. You probably have hundreds of apps like I do, but there are a few apps that I find indispensable and thought you might find them useful too, especially if you have a small business. I have an iPhone and an iPad, so the apps I’m recommending are all from the App Store (click the image for a download link for each app).
Sign Now is a great app that makes it easy to fill in documents and sign them. I use Sign Now for contracts and agreements, non-disclosure agreements and pretty much anything that needs a signature. Sign Now is easy to use and easy to manage documents that require an action. You can sign documents using just your finger, it integrates with Dropbox, has no limitations, and the interface is clear. Best of all, it’s free!
Many of the websites we create at Amprewave are built on the WordPress CMS, so naturally we use the free WordPress app. While not quite the same as actually logging in on your computer, the app makes it easy to manage your website pages,¬¨‚Ä† post, and comments. WordPress.org continues to include features and upgrade the app so it only keeps getting better.
If you own a small business, chances are you use Dropbox. It’s a great service that I use constantly. The app makes it easy to view files from anywhere. You don’t have to worry about syncing because Dropbox does that automatically when you install it on your computer. I love being able to edit files or look at documents without having to move them back and forth between devices.
Evernote & Springpad
No doubt you are familiar with Evernote. I use Evernote and Springpad. Evernote has client program for my Mac, something that Springpad lacks (you access Springpad from a browser), though Springpad is unlimited whereas Evernote has a fee if you need to use it more. They both have great features so I end up using them both. They both make it easy to save information and categorize it, though I think Springpad is a better better in the categorization part. Since they both are free, you might as well check them both out and see if you like one more than the other, or do what I do and use them both!
Analytics for iPad
There are several analytics app out there, but Analytics for iPad is my favorite. They have a free version and you can upgrade for additional features. I find the user interface is clean and intuitive, making it easy to review your website Google Analytics data where ever you happen to be. Analytics for iPad makes it simple to view all of your analytics for any of your websites. You can pull down your reports and sync to Dropbox. The free app is loaded with features so check it out.
Facebook Pages Manager
You have a Facebook Page so you should have Pages. While you can use the regular Facebook app to view your pages, the free Facebook Pages Manager app is dedicated to Facebook Pages. Admins can manage multiple Pages with the app, post images and updates with easy, view Page Insights, and receive Page notifications. This is an official Facebook app so you know it will be updated with the latest and greatest as Facebook continue to improve its services (and you know they will be changing, they always do!).
The official Twitter app is a great app and I use it regularly. I even use TweetDeck and Hootsuite. Despite those great apps which are all free, Tweetbot is my favorite. It costs $2.99 and is well worth price. Tweetbot is loaded with features and Tapbots is great about keeping it updated with the latest and great that Twitter has to offer.
Buffer is a service that makes it easy for you to schedule your posts to Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. You set up a schedule of when posts you add to your “buffer” get posted to the social media platform. This means you are not overwhelming your followers, fan and connections with posts all at once. Buffer offers a free service that meets most small business needs, but if you want to upgrade you can add more accounts and schedule more posts in your buffer. The app itself is free.
While I use literally hundreds of apps on my iPhone and iPad, these are the ones I can’t live without. Are there any apps that are must-haves for you that I didn’t mention? Share them in the comments sections below.