Ever since I embraced the iPhone as a business resource, instead of just a phone with text, I’ve found invaluable apps to help run my business. It’s not just a toy to keep my kids busy while I’m on the phone, it’s a tool to help increase my productivity, keep me organized and stay on top of marketing and communication for my business. I try to stick with free apps when the opportunity is available, however, some activities you just won’t find the full functionality for free, so grab the app and call it a business expense.
6 must have apps for on the go work at home moms
Logmein (log me in) – paid and free
Logmein is a remote access app that allows you to connect to your computer remotely. Install an app on your iphone and an app on any computer you want to be able to access from anywhere, anytime. There are a number of options from free to pro.
Blogpress – paid
Blogpress allows you to connection your blog/s to write, edite and manage your blog posts. Upload photos, save a local draft, work on online drafts and publish. You can also manage your blog comments. Connect Blogpress to your social platforms to share posts via social media. You can add multiple blogs to the app and Blogpress works with a variety of platforms including WordPress and Blogger. ($2.99 – $4.99).
A free blogging app I really like is Tinydesk Writer.
Aviary – free
Aviary is a photo editing app that has a great selection of editing options. When you want to share products and place, you don’t have to wait to get home to make the photo pretty. Adjust the hue, saturation, brightness and many more features. To keep the kids entertained there’s also a “stickers” option which lets you put accessories on your photos like mustaches and crowns.
I’m also a big fan of BeFunky for photo editing. Lots of more great options to make your photos pop.
Freshbooks – free plus subscription
Freshbooks offers on the go accounting aka “cloud accounting”. Keep track of your monies no matter where you are. Capture receipts, send invoices, manage clients and track your time. This app does require an account at Freshbooks.com. There is a 14 day trial and then a monthly subscription fee based on the plan you select.
If you’re already a Quickbooks user, there’s an app for that too.
HootSuite – free
HootSuite lets you connect to Twitter and Facebook and Facebook pages all in one place. Just like the desktop app, you can stay up-to-date and communicate with social marketing channels all at the same time.
Acrobat Reader – free
Read, comment and sign pdf files from your iphone with Acrobat Reader. You can also store your files via Acrobat.com.