With the rise of smart phones such as the iPhone and Blackberry, mobile phones have become an ever-bigger part of our daily lives as business owners – and today’s apps for smartphones promise to make daily business life easier, more productive and even more profitable. From editing documents and sharing files on the move, through to creating invoices and quotes, managing your business finances and even accepting credit cards on the go, there’s a mobile app out there for you. We take a look at ten of the leading phone apps aimed at entrepreneurs and explain what they do and why you might need them…

With the rise of smart phones such as the iPhone and Blackberry, mobile phones have become an ever-bigger part of our daily lives as business owners – and today’s apps for smartphones promise to make daily business life easier, more productive and even more profitable. From editing documents and sharing files on the move, through to creating invoices and quotes, managing your business finances and even accepting credit cards on the go, there’s a mobile app out there for you. We take a look at 10 of the leading phone apps aimed at entrepreneurs and explain what they do and why you might need them…

QuickOffice Suite


What does it do?

This app allows you to access Microsoft Office on your phone, so you can create, edit and share documents and spreadsheets on the go – an essential for any modern entrepreneur.

What is it available for?

iPhone and Android

Where can I get it?

http://www.quickoffice.com

Bump


What does it do?

Bump is a simple app that allows you to transfer files between iPhones or Android’s, simply by ‘bumping’ two phones together – perfect for sharing things during a meeting or whilst networking.

What is it available for?

iPhone and Android

Where can I get it?

http://bu.mp/

Evernote


What does it do?

This app allows you to take notes and store information wherever you are – useful in a whole variety of ways, whether your entrepreneurial brainwave comes in a meeting or whilst on a night out in town.

What is it available for?

iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile and Palm

Where can I get it?

http://www.evernote.com/about/download/

LinkedIn


What does it do?

LinkedIn is the social networking website for business. The app allows you to access the service from your phone, so you can connect with other professionals, view profiles and share your status.

What is it available for?

iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Palm

Where can I get it?

http://www.linkedin.com/static?key=mobile&trk=hb_ft_mobile

Sales CRM Ezi


What does it do?

This nifty app lets you manage and track your sales opportunities on your iPhone. You can even create revenue forecasts and set yourself action plans – perfect for any entrepreneur or sales professional.

What is it available for?

iPhone

Where can I get it?

http://www.eziphoneapps.com/

Scan2PDF


What does it do?

If you’ve ever needed to scan a document but didn’t have access to a scanner, this app would have solved your problem. Simply take a photo of the document using your phones camera and the app will convert it into a PDF that can then be stored or emailed to a contact.

What is it available for?

iPhone, Android and Windows Mobile.

Where can I get it?

http://www.burrotech.com/scan2pdfmobile/

IXpenseIt

What does it do?

Now you can track your finances on the move thanks to this useful iPhone app. Record your business expenses, store photo receipts and produce budget reports all from your phone using this user-friendly app which includes full password protection.

What is it available for?

iPhone

Where can I get it?

http://www.fyimobileware.com/

Omni Invoice


What does it do?

Producing invoices is a daily task for most businesses and now thanks to this app you can take care of invoice and quote generation whilst on the go. The app comes with pre-made HTML quote and invoice templates to make the process easy, and it also includes integration with your contacts and exchange compatibility.

What is it available for?

iPhone

Where can I get it?

http://www.omniinvoice.com

Intuit GoPayment


What does it do?

This app acts as a card reader to allow you to accept credit card payments via your smartphone. You can even email or text a receipt once the transaction is completed – so now you can make money even when you’re on the move.

What is it available for?

iPhone and Blackberry

Where can I get it?

http://www.gopayment.com

Bento


What does it do?

This productivity database app helps you to organise your life and business tasks. It makes it easy to manage your contacts, schedules, to-do lists and inventory, and it can also be integrated with other apps on your phone such as Google Maps, your contacts and mailbox.

What is it available for?

iPhone

Where can I get it?

http://www.filemaker.com