VentureBeat recently ran an article naming the five best smartphone apps for entrepreneurs – and some of them are pretty good even if you’re not in business for yourself.
The website’s number one pick should be everyone else’s, too: Google Voice, available for Android and iPhone OS, is a lifesaver for anyone who spends time on the phone. It gives you free call forwarding, voicemail, conference calls, blocking and text messages, all to your own personal custom phone number. Changing phones, changing providers – doesn’t matter, same number. And you’ll never go over minutes!
VentureBeat’s second suggestion, of Scan2PDF Mobile, isn’t bad either. How many times have you needed to send someone a document from a meeting or a conference? Scan2PDF let’s you make quick Adobe PDF files and email them in a flash.
Mint.com offers full-featured apps for iPhone and Android, including widgets that prominently display your bank balances and transactions, too help monitor your financial progress and help you stay and get out of debt. Just make sure you lock your phone if you don’t want people to see all your spending.
If you’re not using ING Direct for your online banking, you should be. No fees, no overdrafts, a network of free ATMs and integration with ShareBuilder make one of ING the best online banking systems. ING offers slick smartphone apps, and there’s even an ATM locator.
Finally, for the aspiring day-trader, Google Finance’s app lets you keep track of your holdings wherever you are, and integrates perfectly with Finance Portfolios.