Having trouble staying organized? Try these business apps

This isn't an easy time to run a small business. Competition remains fierce. The economy is still sluggish. And consumers are hesitant to spend their cash. To stay alive today, owners of small businesses have to be organized. They must ensure that their businesses are operating as efficiently as possible. Thankfully, there are plenty of apps for iPhone owners that can help business owners organize their days. The Web site Business News Daily recently had a review of some of the most powerful of these apps.

Fantastical 2

All iPhones come with a default calendar app. But this app is limited. You can't say that about Fantastical 2, a $1.99 calendar app to help make business owners more efficient. The app boasts several features, according to Business News Daily. But the most fascinating feature? You can tell Fantastical 2 what you need to do -- such as saying, "I want to meet Sue for dinner on February fifth" -- and the app will instantly schedule your appointment in your calendar. How's that for a time-saving feature?

A more powerful scheduler

It can be a challenge for business owners to keep track of their busy schedules. That's where the free Schedule Planner app comes in. This app is intuitive and easy to use. It also provides some nifty features. For instance, business owners can assign specific colors to tasks. They can color meetings red, free time blue and generating new business green. Schedule Planner then crafts charts that show you instantly how you are spending your day and what activities you are concentrating on.

A higher-tech to-do list

Sure, we all rely on to-do lists to get through the day. But the old-fashioned paper-and-pen lists are limiting. The free app Any.do, though, supplies a much-needed update to the humble paper to-do list. This app, for instance, allows you to assign tasks to specific categories: today, tomorrow, this week or the far-off someday.

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