50 Essential iPad Apps for Small Business

by Susan Gunelius on March 11, 2011
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UPDATE: Get our all-new, refreshed list of 50 Essential Small Business iPad Apps for 2012!

Apple’s iPad is quickly becoming the must-have tool for businesspeople who want to run their companies and do their jobs on-the-go. Thanks to the many free and affordable iPad apps, you’re no longer tied to your office to get your work done. The trick is finding the right applications that will help you without wasting your time.

And so here you’ll find 50 iPad apps that can help you grow your business, be more productive, and truly run an effective virtual office. Many of these apps are also available for the iPhone or iPod touch. Of course, technology and iPad apps change quickly, so be sure to read all the details about an application before you download it to ensure the current version meets your needs.

Sales and Marketing iPad Apps

1. Intuit GoPayment (free)
Accept credit card payments via your iPad with a free card reader and affordable transaction fees.

2. GoodReader for iPad ($2.99)
GoodReader is one of the most popular PDF readers for the iPad. Leave the sales brochures and catalogs at the office and show off your materials on your iPad in PDF format instead.

3. WordPress (free)
If you use WordPress to power your website or blog, then you need the WordPress iPad app so you can blog and edit your website on the go.

4. Twitter (free)
Update your Twitter status anytime with the free Twitter app for iPad. If you need more features, check out the free TweetDeck iPad app.

5. Facebook (free)
Does any small business not use Facebook?

6. LinkedIn (free)
The LinkedIn app makes it easy to manage your account on your iPad.

7. Flickr (free)
Photo publishing and sharing is an important part of social media marketing for many small businesses. Get the free Flickr iPad app to upload images anytime.

8. Analytics HD ($6.99)
Check your Google Analytics stats on your iPad with this app. Note: It’s not as robust as the free web version.

9. Salesforce (free 30-day trial)
Manage your sales operation from your iPad with the official app from Salesforce.com.

10. WebEx for iPad (free)
Attend meetings held via WebEx on your iPad.

11. GoToMeeting for iPad (free or free 30-day trial)
The other big web meeting operation: Attend meetings held via GoToMeeting for free on your iPad, or try the free 30-day trial and host meetings through GoToMeeting on your iPad. Hosting meetings is free for only 30 days.

12. Skype (free)
Make and receive free domestic calls and send and receive instant messages through your iPad. You can also make discounted international calls and send discounted text messages.

13. Free Conference Call (free)
Schedule, hold, and manage conference calls for free.

14. Ego (free)
Manage varied online accounts such as Feedburner, Mint, Google Analytics, and more all from this one iPad app. There’s a separate Mint iPad app available, too for personal finance management.

15. ScanBizCards Lite (free)
With this free business card app, you can import card images from a printer or scanner and save them as contacts on your iPad. For more features, check out the $6.99 version of ScanBizCards.

Document Creation and Management iPad Apps

16. Keynote ($9.99)
If you love the excellent Keynote presentation software for the Mac, then you’ll want this app which bring Keynote to your iPad.

17. Pages ($9.99)
The word processing software for the Mac is also available for the iPad.

18. Numbers ($9.99)
You can easily manage your spreadsheets using the mobile version of the spreadsheet application for the Mac on your iPad.

19. Documents ToGo Office Suite ($9.99)
Edit, view, and create Microsoft documents and more. A premium version is also available with a higher price tag of $14.99 and with more features.

20. RDP Lite (free)
View and access your Windows XP Professional or Windows Vista/7 workstation on your iPad exactly as it would look and work on your desktop computer. A paid version offers some additional features for $5.99.

21. Desktop Connect ($14.99)
If you don’t use Windows XP Professional or Windows Vista/7, then RDP Lite listed above won’t work for you. For a $14.99 investment, you can connect to any computer in the world via your iPad using Desktop Connect. It works with Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. It also enables you to view websites in Adobe Flash on your iPad.

22. FileViewer XL ($3.99)
View and email a wide variety of file formats quickly and easily.

23. Dragon Dictation (free)
Go hands free with this app that allows you to speak and instantly see your words appear as text, as an email, or as social networking updates on Facebook and Twitter.

24. Fax Print & Share for iPad ($5.99)
One of the easiest ways to send faxes and print documents from your iPad. A Pro version with additional features is available for $8.99.

25. DropBox (free)
Sync and share your files online and across computers.

26. PlainText (free)
If you don’t need all the bells and whistles that more robust file creation and editing iPad apps offer, then try the free PlainText app that syncs with Dropbox.

27. Outliner ($4.99)
If you like to create outlines to develop content for documents, then Outliner is a great iPad app for you. It also allows for collaboration.

28. WritePad ($9.99)
Write notes on your iPad using a stylus or your finger.

29. Dictionary.com (free)
Writing a document and can’t spell a word? This app gives you Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com on your iPad.

30. FTP on the Go ($6.99)
Fix your website, view files on your FTP server, and more with this app. A Pro version is available with more features for $9.99.

31. OmniGraffle for iPad ($49.99)
Perfect for creating quick diagrams, web wireframes, charts, and more.

32. OmniGraph Sketcher ($14.99)
Make excellent graphs in seconds.

33. SketchyPad ($4.99)
OmniGraffle is an amazing app, but it costs a bundle. If you need a more affordable app to mock up diagrams, websites, and mobile apps, then SketchyPad might be right for you.

Productivity, Organization, Financial, and News iPad Apps

34. 1Password for iPad ($9.99)
No need to try to remember all your various passwords if you use 1Password.

35. Calendar (free)
This app comes built into your iPad and you can sync it with your Google calendar. No need to look for an alternate calendar app when this one works so well!

36. Time Master + Billing ($9.99)
Track your time and manage billing from your iPad. You can even export your data to QuickBooks!

37. OmniFocus for iPad ($39.99)
If you need a task management system that does it all and more on the go, then you need OmniFocus for iPad. It offers the in-depth task management functionality of a desktop app with flexible viewing options, location-aware task lists, and on-the-fly task entry with voice notes and image attachments.

38. To Do for iPad ($4.99)
This iPad app turns your device into a daily planner, so it’s easy to manage your to do lists.

39. QuickBooks Connect (free 30-day trial)
Want to manage your QuickBooks data on the go? Try the QuickBooks Connect iPad app. It’s free for 30 days, and then you have to pay a monthly fee to continue using it.

40. Shoeboxed (free)
Shoeboxed scans and saves your receipts, so you can track business expenses quickly and easily.

41. FlightTrack ($4.99)
This is a great iPad app to keep yourself on schedule when you’re traveling by air. A Pro version offers even more features for $9.99.

42. Calcbot ($1.99)
Save calculations where you left off and save complete calculation tapes, too.

43. iTalk Recorder (free)
Record audio anytime from your iPad. A Premium version is available with additional features for $1.99.

44. Instapaper ($4.99)
Save web pages so you can easily read them offline later.

45. Box.net (free)
Access, view, share, and collaborate on documents from your iPad.

46. PR Newswire (free)
Keep up with the news in your industry. This app gives you access to press releases, and you can set up keyword alerts, too.

47. CNN (free)
Breaking news, videos, and more. You can even share and comment on news and insights.

48. Bloomberg (free)
If you’re in the financial industry or need to keep up with financial information, this iPad app is for you.

49. Feedler (free)
Feedler is a simple RSS feed reader iPad app that is offered for free, but a Pro version is available with more features for $4.99.

50. Bento for iPad ($4.99)
Bento lets you create and manage databases on your iPad and includes 25 database templates to help you get started.

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