If you’ve got an iPad, you probably already have some apps on it.
You know – apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail. The apps that pretty much everybody uses.
But did you know that there are tons of apps available that can help you improve your business, work more productively, and manage your workday more effectively?
It’s true. And if you aren’t using them, you aren’t using your iPad to its full potential.
But which business apps are actually worth the money? Which ones are the best fit for you and your business specifically? And which ones are easiest to use on your iPad?
If you want to know, keep reading, and you’ll learn all about the best business iPad apps for 2016.
This app converts your spoken words into text on your iPad screen.
It really comes in handy when you’re on the go or just get tired of typing out your marketing emails. And it’s up to 5 times faster than using the keyboard to type, making it a great productivity tool.
You’ve probably heard of Dropbox before. It’s a cloud application that allows you to safely store your files and documents in the cloud.
You’ll find this app handy because of how easy it makes it for you to sync files between all of your devices. Pretty much the only thing you can’t do within the app is move files around. But that’s okay – that’s what your computer is for.
Microsoft Word for iPad is tablet-based word processing at its finest. It’s robust enough to do everything you need it to do without overwhelming you with unnecessary options that slow you down.
Not only does the app allow you to write with ease – it makes collaborative editing a smooth process, allowing users to track changes and add comments to documents.
Wondering where all your money is going every month? If so, it may be time for you to start tracking your finances using the Mint app.
See those charts in the screenshot above? They show you exactly what you’re spending the most money on so you can make better financial decisions.
And while it is a personal finance app, it can definitely come in handy when you need to budget your money so you can launch a new business. So, don’t count it out just because it’s not made specifically for tracking business accounts – anyone can benefit from learning how to better manage their personal finances!
Ever wanted to showcase a PowerPoint presentation or PDF on your iPad? The SlideShark app can make that happen. It lets you edit and annotate your presentations within the app too.
And if you’ve got a larger monitor nearby you’d like to display your presentation on, all you’ve got to do is use AirPlay to send it from your iPad to the monitor. It’s that simple.
Chances are, you’ll end up traveling for business at some point. And when that happens, the last thing you want to do is miss out on something because your travel plans weren’t organized properly.
The TripIt app can help prevent that.
That’s because it keeps all your plans in one place, allowing you to see a summary of your trip at a glance. All you need to do is forward all of your travel confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org when you’re ready, and the app will create your custom itinerary.
Spreadsheets aren’t always the best way to display and analyze your information. And it’s worse when you have multiple spreadsheets you’re trying to gather insights from.
Roambi Analytics helps by allowing you to take the information from your spreadsheets and other sources and display it as an attractive, easy-to-understand visualization.
These visualizations are tailored for mobile devices, and you can even access them offline.
If you’re an eCommerce business owner, a blogger, or a creative solopreneur, you probably take lots of pictures to use on your website and social media.
Since your photo quality can determine a potential customer’s first impression of your brand, it’s important that each one you share is high-quality.
But don’t worry – you don’t need the desktop version of Photoshop to make that happen. Just download the Enlight app to touch up your images like a pro.
Here are some of the things you can do with Enlight:
- Doodle or write on your image.
- Overlay two of your photos to create a double exposure effect.
- Convert images to street art.
- Create your own unique presets and save them within the app.
- Add vignettes and light leaks to images.
- Remove defects from photos.
- Reshape objects within your photos.
- Create shareable memes and photo collages.
These aren’t all the features the app offers – not even close. So, if you want a robust photo editing app for your business, give Enlight a try.
The last thing you want on your iPad is a disorganized screen packed with random files – especially if you use it for business. With the File Manager app, you can easily manage and organize your files in a way that makes you more productive.
The app also has an integrated PDF reader, a music player, and a built-in search feature that allows you to quickly find the files you need.
Sometimes, you may want to access your computer while you’re away from your desk. When that happens, use the Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop app.
Your iPad doesn’t have to be near your computer for the app to work, making it a great option for traveling businesspeople who need convenient access to their computer while away.
And yes – it really allows you to access everything (your files, plugins, programs, and bookmarks) you’d normally use on your PC.
This app helps you brainstorm by creating mind maps, which are visual representations of your ideas. The mind maps look like this:
With your ideas organized intuitively this way, you can be more creative and productive. So, if you’re a visual person and don’t find traditional note-taking apps helpful, try MindNode next time you need to flesh out an idea.
When you’re storing sensitive business information and credit card numbers on your phone, you want to make sure everything is secure by creating strong passwords. But let’s face it – when you have lots of different passwords, it’s easy to forget them.
The 1Password app helps with that by keeping your login information safe and in one place on your phone, eliminating the need for you to reset passwords you’ve forgotten.
And you can use the app to create new, stronger passwords that will keep your important information more secure than ever.
If you often find yourself wondering where your day went, you can download the OfficeTime app to track your time.
The app doesn’t just track your time – you can also use it to capture your expenses, categorize the minutes and hours you spend working, and more. These features make it perfect for solopreneurs and small teams looking to complete projects on time and on budget.
If you’re interested in listening to your favorite music on the go without purchasing entire albums or paying to stream, you’ll want to download the Spotify app.
While you’ll need a paid Spotify subscription to pick specific songs to listen to, you can shuffle albums, artists, and custom playlists with a free subscription. And the free app allows you to skip up to five songs every hour, making it easy for you to listen to the songs you enjoy most.
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Tired of reading countless blog posts and online guides to learn more about your industry? If so, try downloading the YouTube app (because you can use it for so much more than watching cat videos!).
Once you’ve got the app on your iPad, use the search tool to find a video about the subjects you want to learn about. Then, all you’ve got to do is sit back and listen, which makes the app perfect for businesspeople who like to multitask.
If you’re a filmmaker, journalist, or creative entrepreneur looking for a powerful video editing app, Pinnacle Studio Pro could be what you need.
It’s more robust than Apple’s iMovie app, so it’s ideal for video creators who want the most control and power possible. Here are a few things you can do with the app:
- Create soundtracks using your audio or the sound effects included with the app.
- Share your movies on YouTube and Facebook.
- Trim clips with precision so your movies turn out exactly the way you want them to.
- Narrate your videos in documentary style using the Voiceover feature.
- Choose from 16 high-quality transitions to make your videos flow seamlessly.
And the best part is that it’s incredibly intuitive, allowing you to make stunning videos faster than ever, even if you’re not a movie-making pro.
If you create in-depth content for the web, you probably use screenshots to illustrate your points sometimes. But what if you could illustrate your points more effectively by adding your own markup to each screenshot you take?
With the Skitch app, you can.
But the app isn’t just helpful for content creation. You can also use it to markup maps, edit PDFs to make the collaborative process easier than ever, and share funny photos on social media.
If you travel often for business or pleasure, you probably know that there are tons of websites that promise the best rates for flights. But Hopper takes that functionality a step further by allowing you to “watch” the trips you want to go on ahead of time.
When you “watch” your trip, Hopper will send you a notification to let you know when you should buy tickets based on when they’re the cheapest. It’ll also tell you when you should wait for a cheaper rate. So if you’re interested in finding the best rates for flights, download this free app and start planning your next business trip or vacation.
It’s not unusual to become overwhelmed when you feel bogged down by work all the time. When that happens, you can use the Stop, Breathe & Think app to meditate, which can help you reduce stress and manage your negative thoughts and emotions.
This app can teach you how to meditate if you’ve never done it before. And it also recommends a meditation for you based on how you describe your emotional state, providing you with a tailored experience so you can get the most out of meditating.
Some people like to listen to music while they work. But what about people who find music distracting and want a different way to fill the silence?
The Coffitivity app does that by recreating the ambient sounds of a coffee shop.
You can choose from a few different cafe sounds within the app based on your preference. And if you do decide you want to listen to music at some point, you can access your music apps by simply opening up a menu in the Coffitivity app. Try adding it to your day next time you’re looking to work more productively and get the creative juices flowing!
If you’ve an avid reader, you’ll love the Kindle app. It’s a great way to carry a library of reading materials on the go.
With Kindle, you don’t have to carry around physical copies of business-related books and magazines anymore – you can access everything you need on your iPad. You can also use the app to read samples of books before you buy, get tailored book recommendations, search within a book, and more.
The more you can automate your business processes, the more productive you can be at work. The Workflow app allows you to do that by creating time-saving workflows on your iPad.
Here are some of the things you can do with Workflow:
- Add an icon to your home screen that allows you to call a specific person
- Get driving directions to the closest coffee shop with one touch.
- Let your Twitter followers know what song you’re listening to.
With over 200 possible actions available in the app, these three barely scratch the surface of the app’s capabilities. So, if you’re looking to boost your efficiency, give Workflow a try.
Ever logged your miles driven during business trips so you could deduct them from your taxes? Or tracked your miles driven so you could be reimbursed?
If so, you probably know how much of a hassle it can be to keep up with multiple mileage logs – especially if you’re trying to organize them to prepare for tax season. The Mile IQ app can help with that by automatically logging your drives and calculating their value.
That means you won’t have to spend any more time shuffling through stacks of papers to find your mileage logs or double-checking your math to make sure you get paid the right amount. The app handles it all for you.
This app allows you to add your signature and information to Word docs, PDF files, and form fields.
And it has a ton of features, including photo ID capture, reusable template creation, team creation (so you can share documents quickly), and more.
When you’re traveling for business, you need to know what the weather is like at your destination so you can pack the right clothing. The Clear Day app allows you to see videos that depict the weather anywhere, allowing you to plan accordingly.
And you get a ton of detail about the weather, including 7-day forecasts, heat index, wind chill, sunrise/sunset times, precipitation, and visibility. The app even offers a push notification feature that will immediately alert you when there’s a threat of severe weather.
This app serves as your personal virtual shopping assistant. If you need help finding a specific item, all you need to do is open the app and send a text message describing the item to one of the app’s expert “operators.” Then, they’ll start working to find it for you, and if you decide to make a purchase, you can do so within the app.
An operator can help you book flights, find event tickets, and choose Christmas presents for your loved ones! And the app’s clean design is simple and straightforward, even for those who may normally find technology challenging. Not only is it an awesome way to get what you need fast – it’s completely free to use.
Now, you’ve got several options for new apps to download on your iPad.
So, why not pick a few from the list to download based on what you need the most? Who knows – you might just find yourself able to manage your business-related tasks more effectively than ever before.
Which of these business iPad apps are you most excited to download? Share in the comments section!