Best iPhone Apps for Freelancers
If you're a freelancer or work remotely, an iPhone can be a valuable tool for helping you stay in touch with colleagues and up to date on news related to your work. Here are eight iPhone apps that can help you earn money.
Skype for iPhone: If your job involves spending a lot of time on the phone, Skype's app can help you save money and cell phone minutes by routing your calls over the Internet. You can chat with other Skype users for free or make cheap calls to landlines and cell phones around the world. The app works best with a Wi-Fi connection, but can also function with a 3G connection. However, be sure you have an unlimited iPhone data plan if you intend to make Internet calls using this app over 3G. Price: Free
Analytics Pro: Keep track of your web site traffic even when you're away from your computer. This app allows you to view Google Analytic stats about your site on your iPhone. You can view hourly visitor statistics for today and yesterday, or select a custom range of dates for viewing. You can even see what the top content on your site is and the top search keywords that are bringing people to your site. Price: $5.99
Time Scroller: Time Scroller is a simple app that lets you track multiple time zones at once. Sure, you could glean what time it is in different cities using the World Clock function in the iPhone's Clock app, but Time Scroller allows you to go one step further. As its name implies, this app allows you to scroll ahead in time and see what time it will be in your city of interest. With this tool, you can be sure you're calling your overseas client during office hours and not waking them up in the middle of the night. Price: $1.99
Reeder: Stay on top of news from different web sites with Reeder, an RSS reader app that syncs with your Google Reader account. You can't create new feeds in Reeder, but if you make changes to your feeds list in Google Reader, the changes will be reflected in the iPhone app. Price: $2.99
Notesy: The Notes app that Apple includes in the iPhones software bundle is okay if you just want to jot down the occasional message to yourself, but to view that message on your computer, you either have to email it to yourself or sync your iPhone with iTunes.
Notesy – and many other apps like it, such as Simplenote and Elements – allows you to create a note on the iPhone and have it sync instantly and wirelessly with your computer via the cloud storage service Dropbox. Alternatively, you can create or change a note on your computer with desktop apps such as Notational Velocity and have it appear on your iPhone. Notes are saved as plain text files and you can work on your notes even when you're offline. Price: $4.99
Dropbox: If you like the idea of being able to access your files from anywhere and on any device or just having your precious data backed up in the cloud, then check out Dropbox. The iPhone app lets you add and retrieve files to your Dropbox account, and to save files to your iPhone for offline access. Price: Free
Minibooks: Minibooks is a mobile app version of the invoicing and time tracking service FreshBooks. This app lets you connect to your FreshBooks account, track time, and even create and send invoices and estimates on your iPhone. Price: $14.99
BeejiveIM: BeeJiveIM allows you to simultaneously chat with all of your instant messaging buddies on your iPhone. The app supports AIM, Google Talk, MSN, Facebook Chat, Yahoo!, and more. Price: $9.99
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