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Best apps: for organising and planning

A man selecting lists on smartphoneThanks to online tools and mobile apps, it has never been easier to organise all aspects of your business life. Here are some of the business apps that can help.

Apps for your to do lists

ReQall

An easy-to-use organiser with to-do lists, voice input, reminder alerts and automatic filing of notes, using keywords. It also converts voice into text and stores it.

Platforms: Blackberry, iPhone, Android (beta)

Remember the Milk

A very popular app for organising your to do lists. You can prioritise, set reminders and plan the best way to get things done.

Platforms: iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Gmail, Outlook

Evernote

Take notes, grab a screenshot, record some audio or copy a link — Evernote captures all this information and then organises it, indexes it and makes it searchable.

Platforms: iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows

Omnifocus

Omnifocus records and organises all your to-dos and syncs them so you can get an up to date state of play wherever you are.

Platforms: Mac, iPhone, iPad

Apps to track income, expenses and tax

Forbes Receipt Keeper

Developed in line with HMRC requirements to make record-keeping of income and expenses easier. Features include tax deadline reminders, records of income and spending and photos of receipts.

Platforms: Android 2.1 onwards

Earnest

A free record keeping app to help small firms, start-ups and the self-employed track income and expenses, giving you a better idea of the tax you owe.

Platforms: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

ZipZipBooks

An Android app aimed at tradesmen and those in the constuction business allowing users to record their income and expenses. It also offers the chance to record CIS (Construction Industry Scheme) entries to allow you to work out what you owe the taxman.

Platforms: Android 2.3 onward

MyBizTracker

MyBizTracker is a free iPhone app that makes it easy to record income and expenses and keep track of receipts, developed in line with HMRC requirements.

Platforms: iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch)

Sage Record Keeper

Sage Record Keeper is a free iPhone app aimed at self-employed people and SMEs for keeping quick and convenient control of cash records and CIS deductions — helping you to estimate and complete your tax return.

Platforms: iPhone, iPad iOS 4.3 and above

Apps for your passwords

Tap Forms

This iPhone database app holds all your personal information and passwords securely.

Platforms: iPhone

1Password

1Password creates and saves as many passwords as you like, securely.

Platforms: iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Mac

Apps for your files

Dropbox

Dropbox allows you to sync your files online and across your computers. Access your files from wherever you are and share your files and photos with others.

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, Blackberry, iPhone, iPad

SugarSync

Automatically syncs files and folders across multiple computers allowing you to access documents, photos and music wherever you are. SugarSync also offers automatic, continuous backup for all of your files.

Platforms: PC, Mac, Android, Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Windows Mobile

Google Docs

Google Docs allows you to view, share and edit documents, spreadsheets and PDFs from other computers or from your mobile phone.

Platforms: iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows

Pocket

Instead of bookmarking anything and everything, you can make a list of things you want to come back to with Pocket (formerly known as Read It Later). It lets you save webpages to read later, even without an internet connection.

Platforms: iPhone, Android, Blackberry

Apps for tracking your parcels

FedEx

The FedEx app allows you to track packages while they are in transit as well as locating the nearest FedEx office wherever you are.

Platform: iPhone, iPad, Blackberry

Delivery Status Touch

Delivery Status Touch allows you to track packages from UPS, FedEx, USPS, DHL, TNT, and more. You can also track orders from Amazon and Apple, even before they even ship. See your package’s location in Google Maps.

Platforms: iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac

Apps for organising your thoughts

iMindmap

Mind-mapping software that can help improve the way you think, plan, study, create, present, organise.

Platforms: PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone

Apps for keeping in touch

WhatsApp

A cross-platform mobile messaging app that allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS.

Platforms: iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Nokia

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