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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

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


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 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


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


An Android app aimed at tradesmen and those in the constuction sector 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 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


LastPass remembers your passwords and other information and stores it securely in a 'vault', which syncs with any device automatically, so you have access to your passwords wherever you are.

Platforms: iOS, Windows Phone, Android and Blackberry

Tap Forms

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

Platforms: iPhone

Apps for your files


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


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


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


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


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


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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