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32 iPhone Apps to Run Your Small Business

By Peter Somerville
Director of Investor Relations at

The pace of small business has never been more relentless. The good news is that you have a whole toolbox in your pocket: your iPhone. Here are 32 apps I use every week in my work at StreetShares.


Mail and Calendar

Gmail – If you’re a power Gmail user, this is the way to go.
Outlook – Surprisingly useful, this app may be the best thing to come out of Redmond in 20 years.
Google Calendar – Use the “schedule” view to see your day at a glance.
Week Cal – Full of features, sometimes at the expense of an elegant layout.


Record and Remember

Camera – See something you want to remember? Snap a quick picture.
Evernote – Take a note, copy text, set a reminder, record a voice memo.
Scanner Pro – Get rid of your clunky scanner. Toss your fax machine.
Reporter – Where does the time go? Use this app, and you’ll know.


Team Communications

Slack – Keep your team communicating, without filling up the email box.
Trello – An easy way to visualize the projects that your team is focused on.
Scrumwise – If your team uses Scrum, this is an easy way to stay focused on your sprint.
Dropbox – Easily share documents between devices and users.



Sworkit – Build short, high-intensity workouts. Even if you don’t have access to a gym.
Headspace – Practice mindfulness with guided meditation sessions.
Voice Dream – This app turns any document into an audio recording. Great for catching up on reading while in the car, or anyone with a reading disability.
Wakie – Get a wakeup call from a real person.


Navigating the Physical World

AirBnB – Rather than stale hotel rooms, live like the locals.
Uber – From Point A to Point B.
Fiverr – Have a quick task to get done? Get cheap help fast.
OpenTable – Grab a table for your next business meeting.


Spread the Word

Buffer – Schedule, synchronize, and post to all social media.
Nuzzel – Find out which stories are trending within your social network.
VSCO Cam – Professional-quality photo editing right on your phone.
IFTTT – “If this, then that” — build automated connections between apps and social media.



Primer – From Google, daily tips to improve your website and online marketing.
Podcasts – Beyond Serial, podcasts entertain, educate, and inform.
Duolingo – Got customers who speak a different language? Practice and learn in minutes a day.
Audible – Those business books aren’t going to read themselves… unless you have Audible to read them to you.



Khan Academy – Learn something new every day. Available free to anyone in the world.
VerseWise – With several translations available, read the Bible with search and note-taking tools.
Constitution – If you’ve served in uniform, you took an oath to support and defend this document.
Phone – Looking for inspiration? Call your mother.


Peter Somerville is Director of Investor Relations at StreetShares. Peter is a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran and graduate of Yale University. He previously held leadership positions in the nonprofit and political sectors.

StreetShares is America’s small business funding community. Business owners get fast, affordable small business loans and meet investors and backers who support their business. Investors earn solid returns and back businesses they believe in. Membership is free and open to qualified small businesses and investors. StreetShares is veteran-run and located outside of Washington, D.C. Learn more at

This article first appeared on the StreetShares blog and is republished with permission.

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