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5 apps that do business anywhere

While logging miles every time you get in the car can be annoying, lots of apps can help -- and also can come in handy when you’re on the go. Here’s a look at five.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 12, 2013 10:51AM

This post comes from Donna Fuscaldo at partner site


Fox Business on MSN MoneyWhether it’s driving down town to meet a customer or flying across the country for an importune meeting, travel is a fact of life for many small business owners. And work doesn’t stop when you leave the office.


Businessman in car with smartphone (© Image Source, Image Source, Getty Images)On top of having to juggle from virtually anywhere, it also can sometimes feel like a part-time job just to keep track of expenses. While logging miles every time you get in the car can be annoying, there are a lot of mobile apps that take the pain out of the tracking process and also can come in handy when you’re on the go. Here’s a look at five.



Keeping track of expenses, mileage and time spent with clients is made all the more easier thanks to this app from Silverware Software.


For $5.99, small business owners will be able to record all of the expenses, get a running total for each business trip, search and sort expenses, track mileage live based on the car’s movements and from the odometer reading and create finished expense reports.  Users can also email and export all of the expenses files and photo receipts directly to the user’s desktop or DropBox.


Piikki Receipt Scanner & Expense Reports

Nothing can be more annoying than holding on to all those little receipts while you travel and then having to go through them all come expense reporting time. This app, which costs $2.99, alleviates some of the pain by enabling you to scan your receipts with the mobile phone camera and instantaneously create a digital copy of your receipt. 


With the app you can save the receipts to the cloud, email them, search and find receipts based on where they were photographed and categorize and tag the receipts. You can also view graphs based on your spending habits.


Mileage Expense Log Pro -- Mobile Drive Tracker App

Some business owners just want an easy way to track mileage without all the other bells and whistles, and that’s where this app comes in. Billed as simple to use and only costing $1.99, this app lets you keep track of all the miles you travel for business and sort the information based on date, purpose and/or vehicle. The app gives easy to read summaries, enables you to export the data and add additional expenses like tolls and ferry fees.


OfficeTime -- Time & Expense Tracking

For small business owners juggling multiple clients, figuring out who to bill and how much can become a full-time job, unless you have a handy mobile app. This free app enables you to easily keep track of hours spent on each client. You can track by project or category, run multiple timers at once and quickly switch between tasks. Small business owners that need more can upgrade to the pro version which lets you export to Excel or Numbers, track unlimited projects and categories and get cross team reports on your Mac or PC. 


Nothing can be worse than being stuck on a business trip with pages of documents that have to be scanned. Short of hitting Kinkos or spending the time in your hotel business office, you are simply out of luck.


Unless, of course, you’ve downloaded TurboScan to your mobile phone. This app, which costs $1.99, lets you quickly scan documents, store them and email them as a PDF or JPEG.  According to the developer TurboScan uses “advanced fast algorithms” to automatically detect document edges, straighten the document, eliminate shadows and set a perfect contrast.  This app also boasts speed, claiming to scan and process each page in under four seconds. It also comes equipped with an “Email to Myself” feature that lets you send documents to a predefined email address.


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Apr 12, 2013 10:43PM
How about checking out at stores faster?
Swift Shopper is Free and works at stores that have hand held scanners.
With Swift Shopper scan all your items into your phone as you put them into your cart. Checkout with your smartphone and scan the barcodes right off the screen! No need to take any items out of your cart, just hand the cashier your cell phone and a few swipes of the screen later you're checked out!  You can find it on the iStore and google play coming soon.
Apr 15, 2013 3:02AM
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1) Milo
2) Smoopa
3)  Google Shoppers
4) Price Grabber And
5) Shop Advisor

Above mentioned apps are really cool and can save a lot if u find the best match.
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