The five best mobile apps for taking care of business

Apr 5, 2013

Doing business without a smartphone would be like riding a bicycle without a seat: You could do it, but it’d be painful. To make your mobile device work for you — and your business — you need the right apps. Of the thousands out there, here are five that no business person should be without

Dropbox (iOS, Android Free)

The ultimate service for file storage and collaboration, Dropbox is perfect for making sure every coworker has access to the same documents, mock-ups, and videos. The two gigabytes of free storage keeps inboxes from getting cluttered. (iOS, Android Free)

Globalization means work forces spread across countries and continents.’s supremely simple screen-sharing app ensures everyone is on the same page, even when they’re not in the same time zone.

Freshbooks Cloud Accounting (iOS Free)

This cloud-based accounting platform lets you track project time, invoice clients and categorize spending. Designed and vetted by business owners so you won’t need a CPA to understand its dashboard.

Orchestra To-do (iOS Free)

Orchestra To-Do creates harmony out of chaos, continuously syncing so info stays up-to-date. Not only does Orchestra set up recurring reminders and email to-do lists to anyone, it comes with voice recognition for intuitive dictation.

Kayak Pro (iOS $0.99, Android Free)

This app is a one-stop shop for the road warrior. Compare prices, book flights and rooms, manage itineraries and research baggage fees.

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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