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Top Ten Business Apps for the iPhone

written by: Arnold Zafra•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 6/8/2011

The iPhone does not lack apps when it comes to business. In fact, there are a plethora of business apps for the iPhone that are both free and paid. But since we're talking about business here, paid apps are often better than free apps. Continue reading our round up of top business iPhone apps.

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    Documents to Go Premium - Office Suite

    documentstogo What can I say? I have the basic version of this app, Documents to Go Premium - Office Suite. And based on my experiences and observation while using this useful business iPhone app, I would have to say that it is the most powerful and useful iPhone Business app available from the iTunes App Store. If you're in business you'll rely so much on MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint, that this is an essential app for you. The app lets you create new documents (Word, Excel or PPT), edit existing documents, work in the cloud server and offers many more features. (Price: $11.99) (Download link)

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    ischedule Here's a pretty good app for managing your work schedules right from your iPhone. This app lets you conveniently check schedules, release or swap current shifts, pick-up available shifts and input upcoming schedule requests. The only problem that you might encounter with this app is that you need to have a HotSchedules account, which you can easily create by visiting the HotSchedules site here. After creating your account, login to your iPhone iSchedule app and start managing your work schedules more effectively. (Price: $2.99) (Download link)

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    JotNot Scanner Pro

    jotnotscannerpro With all its nifty and useful features, JotNot deserves to get an award as one of the top business iPhone apps. Who would think that your iPhone's camera could do more than take pictures? With this app, your iPhone can become a multipage scanner. It lets you scan multipage documents, receipts, whiteboards, business cards and notes and save them as PDF files. You can then send the scanned pages via email or upload them to iDisk/WebDAV, Evernote, or even on Google Docs. What's good about this app is that it turns your iPhone's camera into some sort of flatbed scanner. When you scan pages, shadows are removed, contrast is corrected and white balance is adjusted - giving you clear and crips document images. (Price: $6.88) (Download link)

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    HoursTracker - Time Sheet

    hourstracker If you're running a business where your employees need to record the time they spent working, or you're a worker who keeps track of time for recording purposes, this app is a pretty good tool to use. Featuring a streamlined, easy-to-use interface, this app lets you track your time by clocking in and out at the present time or by picking a time for clocking in and out. This app also allows you to update onscreen hours, view hours across jobs, exports data via email, keep track of time worked for multiple objects and more. (Price: $2.99) (Download link)

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    ScanBizCards Business Card Reader

    scanviz You'll have to make lots of contacts and exploit them to succeed in business and so it makes sense that one of the top business iPhone apps is dedicated to business cards. This app not only allows you to scan business cards but also easily add them to your address book. After scanning business cards, you can send a quick intro email, forward contact information to other colleagues, connect on LinkedIn and set a calendar reminder. (Price: $5.99) (Download link)

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    Swipe Credit Card Terminal

    swipecreditcardterminal If you you have an existing credit card merchant account and you want a mobile solution for a credit card terminal, this app lets you use your iPhone to do the task. It offers the most secure and safest way of processing credit card transactions. It also happens to be the only PA-DDS Certified App in the iTunes App Store. Major features of this app include - quick-pick inventory list, accept international currencies and customizable email receipts with GPS map and signature capture. If you don't have an existing credit card merchant account, the app's owner will help get one through their company. This is one of the best credit card processing apps. (Price: $0.99) (Download link)

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    invoice2go Here's a great mobile solution for your invoicing, estimating, billing, collecting and reporting needs. This app lets you create professional looking invoices, estimates, credit memos, purchase orders and other business-related forms using your iPhone. You can even customize your invoices and other forms using the app's pre-loaded 10 sets of templates. You can save your invoices as a PDF file and send them conveniently via email to expedite payments to you. What's good about this app is that it links directly to your iPhone's Contacts, so you can easily issue the invoices to your client. It's vital to keep that money rolling in so this is definitely a top business iPhone app. (Price: $9.99) (Download link)

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    DataVault Password Manager

    datavault Possibly one of the best and most secure iPhone password manager apps, DataVault Password Manager is a great app to secure your credit card details, bank accounts, logins and other vital information. The app has tons of great features so I won't enumerate each one of them. Suffice to say, the developer mentions three benefits that you can get from using the app, these are - protects private information using powerful encryption technology, saves time and money by providing you instant access to your personal financial information instantly, and adapts to your needs through various personalization settings. (Price: $9.99) (Download link)

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    Air Sharing Pro

    airsharingpro Another great app that can be most useful if your business relies on various documents that you need from time to time. This app offers the most powerful way of viewing your documents using your iPhone. It lets you transform your iPhone into a wireless hard disk and view your documents instantly when you need them. The app supports various file formats, so you're pretty much covered no matter what type of documents you usually use and work on. You can also send documents via email with this top business iPhone app. (Price: $9.99) (Download link)

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    Bid and Estimate Companion

    bidanddownload Here's a pretty simple app that gets the job done pretty well. This app lets you create a bid and estimate easily and then send them as quickly as possible to your clients. It allows you to - create cost items and associated costs/unit of measure, create basic defaults, and then it builds the estimate and automatically tallies the bid as soon as you add or modify entries. (Price: $1.99) (Download link)