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12 Essential iPad Apps For Your Small Business

By · January 12, 2011 · Filed in iPad Apps For Your Small Business

Have you considered purchasing an iPad for your small business? Or does it seem like another toy to add to your wishlist that may or may not add value to your business?


I am very excited to share that Social Media Examiner is the reason that I was able to purchase my iPad in November 2010 by selling tickets to Facebook Success Summit via my blog. Since then, I have been avidly reviewing different apps for my business as well as collaborating with other colleagues and decided to share our findings with you.

12 Essential iPad Apps For Your Small Business


($9.99) is the powerful presentation app from iWork, completely reworked for iPad and Multi-Touch. So you can do everything on iPad with a tap or drag of your finger — from creating your first slide to presenting your work.

Present to a small group right on your iPad and you’ll be a tough act to follow. Tap to play, or swipe to move forward or backward through slides. Want to present to a larger group? Use the optional iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter to connect your iPad to a TV, monitor, projector, or LCD display.



($9.99) is the most powerful spreadsheet app designed to work with iPad and Multi-Touch technology. With a few taps, you can create tables and charts, add photos and graphics, and enter and edit data.

With Numbers on iPad, you can open Numbers and Microsoft Excel files. It works the other way around, too. The spreadsheets you create in Numbers on your iPad can be sent as Numbers files, Excel files, or PDF documents. That way, whether you use a Mac or PC, you always have the flexibility to view and edit the spreadsheets you need right from your iPad.



($9.99) combines robust writing and advanced layout tools with the simplicity of Multi-Touch. So you can create all kinds of documents — including newsletters, reports, brochures, and flyers — using just your fingers.

With Pages on iPad, you can open Pages and Microsoft Word files. And it works the other way around, too. The documents you create in Pages on your iPad can be sent as Pages files, Word files, or PDF documents. That way, whether you use a Mac or PC, you always have the flexibility to view and edit the files you need right from your iPad.



($19.99) is a beautifully focused and amazingly intuitive task manager. Other TO DO applications either oversimplify or are too difficult to use. Things instead offers the perfect balance between ease of use and powerful features.

Effortlessly manage to-do’s, notes, due dates and projects. A smart today list and the scheduling feature allows you to work as effectively as possible – every day.


Delivery Status Touch

($4.99) helps you track all of your packages, so you always know when they’re going to arrive. It supports more than 25 services, including UPS, FedEx, USPS, DHL, TNT, and many more. You can also track orders from Amazon, Apple, and Google Checkout even before they ship.



(Free) is the easiest way to sync and share your files online and across computers. View photos, videos, documents and presentations in your Dropbox on the go. Store your favorite files to download them for fast, offline viewing. This app requires a Dropbox account. If you don’t have one, the app allows you to create a free account.



($1.99) Signing documents has never been easier! Sign any PDF and Microsoft Office document straight from your iPad and send it via e-mail. Do you ever receive documents as email attachments that require you to fill out information or require your signature? Before Sign-N-Send, this was a laborious process. First you had to find a way to print them out, then fill out the documents, and then re-scan or fax them back. Simply touch and hold down on any PDF or MS Office document and select open in Sign-N-Send.



(Free) is a fast, beautiful way to flip through business news, photos and updates of your colleagues sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader and Flickr. View your social media in a magazine layout that is easy to scan and read. Customize your Flipboard with your favorite people, lists, groups and blogs.



(Free) is the perfect social media tool for multiple Twitter accounts, Facebook, LinkedIn and Foursquare. This app allows you to send and schedule updates to all of the above mentioned social media sites as well as track click stats and set up tracking columns to monitor keywords, #hashtags, and lists.


Friendly For Facebook

(Free) a beautiful way to experience Facebook for your iPad by chatting with your online friends as well as managing your Facebook page. If you have multiple iPad users, Friendly for Facebook allows you easily switch between multiple Facebook accounts.



(Free) It’s easy to manage your business blog from your iPad. You can moderate comments, create or edit posts and pages, and add images or videos with ease. Just be sure your blog is running 2.9.2 or higher.


Analytics HD

($6.99) is the premier app for Google Analytics. See charts and reports like you’ve never seen them before, and share them in a meeting with full screen charts. Analytics HD brings all your important stats in a simple and efficient interface, faster and easier than checking Google Analytics from your browser.

View more reports and data than any other Analytics app with a secure connection directly to Google. The now famous “Today” report that everyone wishes Google offered, and a “Yesterday” report.


Be sure to search for specific apps in your particular niche to add to your iPad. For example: Mortgage Calculator, Zillow and Houzz are just a few apps for my niche. I will have a follow up post with more details on iPad apps specifically for mortgage and real estate. NOW LIVE 10 Rockin’ Real Estate iPad Apps.

It is also a great idea to reach out to your colleagues who have iPads as well in order to discover more apps that will aid you in being more productive in your business.

Do you have any additional iPad apps to share with us? Do any of these apps make you want to buy an iPad? Hit us up in the comments.

Naomi Trower
Real Estate Broker
Social Media Strategist


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  • Bashful Pixie

    A very good list. However, I’d recommend in place of Things: Pocket Informant (uses GTD paradigm, but a full day-planner) or Smart Pad (also a day planner with an unique paradigm for GTD) where both are far more value than Things… accomplishing all Things does and a lot more for a far better price or “bang for the buck” as they say.

    I have Things on my desktop Mac. I have foregone the iOS version because, frankly: it’s overrated for the price one pays.

  • Naomi Trower

    Thanks for recommendations for other apps! :)

  • Darcy Kieran

    Can you easily “sync” KeyNote, Numbers & Pages when plugging the iPad on the computer?

  • Naomi Trower

    Yes on a mac and/or iphone platform.

  • Darcy Kieran

    P.S.: There are so many “the best xx” lists promoted on Twitter, I rarely check them out. I don’t know why I followed THIS link but I’m glad I did – GREAT list! Many thanks!

  • Naomi Trower

    Glad that you stopped by Darcy! :)

  • Jrepp

    I use my iPad to take notes on the road and have almost completely eliminated the need to bring a pad and paper with me. My favorite app is iNotes, about $5 and lets me e-mail my notes as a PDF or HTML file. It also integrates with DropBox.

  • Naomi Trower

    Thanks for that suggestion! :)

  • Mary Christenson

    Love it!  Have a couple of these already, will add the rest!  Easy to get hooked on the Ipad! Great listing tool and buyer search tool for showing properties, too!

  • Naomi Trower

    Hi Mary, Yes it is very easy to get hooked on the iPad! Be sure to check out my other iPad apps for Real Estate post