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4 Free Small Business Apps to Start 2013 Right

Author: Imagination Date: January 03, 2013

iPad tips for small businessLet your mobile device shoulder some of the burden of day-to-day tasks.

For most small business owners, the minutiae of daily tasks start to wear you down. Fortunately, there are applications that turn your mobile device into a virtual personal assistant—and the best part is they’re free.

This year, resolve to run your business more efficiently with the help of these apps.

1. Bump

Bump AppBusiness cards have gone digital with Bump, an app that shares your contact information by physically bumping phones with another person. Through the app, you can chat with contacts and share social network pages and photos.

The app supports iOS devices and Android phones and works across platforms, as long as both devices are running the app.

Highlight: Should your contact information change, use Bump to remotely send updated details to everyone you’ve previously bumped.

2. TripIt

TripIt appBefore your next business trip, forward confirmation emails for your hotel, rental car and flight to TripIt to automatically create a detailed trip itinerary on your phone. “You don’t want to carry around paper confirmations,” says Meredith Wood, senior editor at Funding Gates, a blog for receivables software in New York City, “This way you can see all your information in one glance.”

Available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone.

Highlight: The app makes it easy to share travel plans with colleagues so everyone is in the loop.

3. Lemon Wallet

Lemo Wallet appUse Lemon Wallet to store digital copies of your credit cards, ID and loyalty cards. By snapping photos of your cards, the app lets you pay for purchases using your phone and backs up your information on the cloud, in case your wallet is ever stolen or lost. All information is encrypted and requires a PIN for access.

Available for Android phones, iPhone and Windows Phone.

Highlight: Take photos of business receipts on your phone for expense reports. “It's a great tool to use after a business lunch or dinner so that you can optimize your deductions without the hassle of filing and sorting paper,” says Dimple Thakkar, CEO of Synhergy Marketing in Los Angeles.

4. Weave

Weave appWeave is a project management workhorse and is especially helpful for contractors who need to manage daily tasks while juggling multiple projects. Using Weave’s clean interface, you can collaborate with your team to track project due dates, income and expenses.

Available for iOS devices only.

Highlight: “For consultants who bill by time, the time-tracking feature helps me keep track of how much to charge clients,” says Terence Kam, founder of eStrategy Pro, an Internet business strategy consultancy based in Sydney, Australia.

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