How To Use Your iPhone To Build Your Own ERP For SMB

For SMB’s that need mobility while on the go there are apps that handle timesheets, billing, excel spreadsheet updates etc.  By downloading these apps you can efficiently build a usable platform and applications to run your business.  Although not totally integrated but its a great way to keep costs down for new startups.  I have identified  several apps that are highly usable and productive that can establish a basis for a consulting or services type company. Although there are many more available now than when this blog post was first published the choices now are even greater and can be more focused on your specific requirements.  

  1. LinkedIn  offers a free app that gives you desktop functionality while on the go
  2. Timewerks – This is a time tracking and invoicing app that tracks billable hours time and materials spent on various projects and can send invoices directly from your phone
  3. Jott – This app converts voice into SMS, email or online notes
  4. Expense2go – tracks business expenses on your iphone, you can also photograph the expense receipts and attach them to the expense reports
  5. Personal Assistant – Can automatically update and track everything form bank accounts to credit cards to frequent flyer miles in one place 
  6. Quicksheet – create edit and save Excel spreadsheets and supports over 125 spreadsheet functions
  7. Flight status – an app that lets you stay upto date on flights and airports from around the world
  8. Air Sharing Pro – Turn you iphone into a wireless storage device – by dragging and dropping files between your computer and phone including Office, iWorks, PDF’s and more
  9. HotelPal – A free app that updates rates from major chains and boutique hotels, compares prices and allows booking straight from your phone
  10. – mobility app, part of the monthly subscription package 
These are simple apps that can keep you connected if  you travel extensively.  In the case of a small business, these apps may be sufficient to start with to not having to invest in major software to manage your business.  These apps are just being reported on based on information available.  Eval-Source has not tested any of them or have integrated and tested scalability of any of the mentioned applications nor is endorsing these apps we just found them interseting for SMB users as they enable you to carry on business.  Who knows with functionality this cheap and available it could possibly reduce a barrier of entry for SMB’s  

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