Running a company from the road is stressful, but Appitalism.com, the online mobile app store, recommends these smartphone apps to help you stay in touch and in control. All are free for the iPhone.
Evernote: Allows users to create geotagged voice, photo and text notes that are then shared with workstations. You can also access complex notes created on workstations in the field through the iPhone interface.
NetworthIQ: This application supervises your personal net worth as well as your company's finances. Additionally, it allows you to compare your company's success to your competitors in the industry through an interactive tool.
BizExpense: Hate expense reports? Who doesn't! BizExpense won't make them go away, but it will help keep track of expenses and scan receipts on the spot. You can then export the results to an Excel file so that you can sync-and-go at the end of a trip rather than spend the afternoon remembering business lunches.
ThinkFree: For CEOs who are constantly on-the-go, ThinkFree Online is essential. This document-management and -sharing application is the perfect app for groups of people editing and revising documents as it offers Desktop, a Microsoft Office-compatible word processing, spreadsheet and presentation tool.
Scanner Pro: Paper meets the iPhone in Scanner Pro, which turns the iPhone's camera into a simple scanner for receipts, notes and document details. A steady hand and innate sense of parallel surfaces are important for best results.
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