As a business leader, most likely you have discovered both the freedom and the chains a smartphone has to offer. Constant, 24-7 access through e-mails, calls, and text messages is both a blessing and a curse. But, if you’re one of the more than 50 million iPhone users in the world, here are seven free apps you can add to your phone to help make your life a little simpler.
Social media is all the rage, and there’s not an end in sight. So keep your professional network at your fingertips with this free app. You never know when it could come in handy!
Also available for Blackberry and Palm Pre.
2. World Customs & Cultures
Ever wondered the proper greeting when in China? Or whether or not to make eye contact in Argentina? This app provides facts, cultural information, and customs for over 85% of all the recognized countries in the world for your next business trip.
Wish there was a better way to fill out expense reports? This app can coordinate with 95% of U.S. banks, photograph your receipts, and build your monthly expense report.
Also available on Android, Blackberry and Palm Pre
4. 100 Ways to Motivate Others
This free digital book by Steve Chandler makes it easier to grow your leadership skills. And, its “card reading” format provides a quick, simple way to learn on the go.
5. Shiftboard Online Scheduling
Throw that paper shift schedule in the trash. This brilliant app allows supervisors and employees access to an online schedule, complete with time tracking, overtime checking, and contact information.
6. Interview Prep Questions
The free version of this app is designed to help you ace an interview for a new job. But, it can also prepare you to conduct an interview with thoughtful, insightful questions.
Also available from this developer on Android, where it’s called Job Interview Prep.
7. AudioNote Lite
Forget your handheld voice recorder and your notepad, this app combines the two to make your life easier. You can even link specific notes or drawings back to a portion of the conversation so you remember the context.
Evernote is a similar app on Blackberry, Palm Pre, and Android.
Also check out Springpad on Android and iPhone.
With technology comes great power and responsibility, so make sure you use it to make your life simpler and your work life more productive!