Having trouble staying organized? Try these business apps

March 18th, 2014

This isn't an easy time for anyone running a small business. Competition is intense. The economy is still sluggish. And consumers are reluctant to spend their dollars. To stay alive today, the owners of small businesses have to be organized. They must make sure their businesses are operating as effectively as possible. Thankfully, there are lots of apps for iPhone owners that really help business owners organize their days. The Web site Business News Daily recently had a peek at several of the most powerful of these apps.

The ultimate calendar

Yes, your iPhone already has a default calendar app. But it's simply not that good. The $1.99 Fantastical 2 calendar app, though, is. Business News Daily raves about several of its features. But the most interesting? You can tell Fantastical 2 what you need to do in a given day -- for example, you can say "I'm meeting Sarah for dinner on January 21 at five p.m." -- and the app will instantly schedule that appointment for you. That's a true time-saver.

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 simple to use. It also provides some nifty features. For example, 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 are spending your day and what activities you are concentrating on.

The new to-do list

To-do lists are crucial for business owners. But pen-and-paper lists are, needless to say, limited. The free Any.do app changes this. This electronic to-do list has its own set of intriguing features intended to help business owners operate more efficiently. For instance, you can add tasks to four categories: today, tomorrow, this week or someday. This helps you keep track of immediate tasks and long-term goals as well.