Having trouble staying organized? Try these business apps

This isn’t an easy time for anyone running a small business. Competition is always fierce. The economy continues to be sluggish. And consumers are reluctant to spend their dollars. To thrive today, the owners of small businesses really need to be organized. They must make sure that their businesses are operating as effectively as possible. Thankfully, there are plenty of apps for iPhone owners that will help business owners organize their days. The Web site Business News Daily recently had a quick look at several of the most powerful of these apps.

The ultimate calendar

All iPhones include a default calendar app. But this app is limited. You can’t say that about Fantastical 2, a $1.99 calendar app to help make business owners more efficient. The app boasts several features, according to Business News Daily. But the most interesting feature? You can tell Fantastical 2 what you need to do — such as saying, “I want to meet Sue for dinner on February fifth” — and the app will automatically schedule your appointment in your calendar. How’s that for a time-saving feature?

Schedule Planner

It can be challenging for small business owners to keep track of their busy schedules. That’s where the free Schedule Planner app comes in. This app is intuitive and easy to use. It also offers some nifty features. For instance, business owners can assign specific colors to tasks. They can color meetings red, spare time blue and generating new business green. Schedule Planner then crafts charts that tell you instantly how you’re spending your day and what activities you are focusing on.

A higher-tech to-do list

Another free app, Any.do mixes a traditional to-do list and adds some functionality that will help you check tasks off your daily to-do list. Using this app, you can add tasks to four different categories: today, tomorrow, this week or someday. You remove tasks by crossing them out as you complete them. As Business News Daily writes, this app can make planning your busy day, at least, easy.

Posted on: 03.19.14