Best iPhone and iPad apps for small business: Square, Buffer, Dropbox, and more!

The best iPhone and iPad apps to help your small business succeed!

Looking for the best iPhone apps or best iPad apps to help you run your small business? The right app can not only help you start up but keep costs down. From processing transactions to having customers sign documents to sharing files online, there are tons of great small business apps for iPhone and iPad to choose from. But which ones are the very best?

Square Register

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Best iPhone and iPad apps for small business: Square Register

Square Register is available for both iPhone and iPad and lets you seamlessly process credit card transactions from pretty much anywhere. Square accepts any kind of card a customer may have as well as Square Wallet customers. There's no monthly fees and no hidden costs. Just 2.75% per swipe or the higher tiered business plans, if you choose those. You can even create and mange an inventory in Square Register these days.

If your point-of-sale needs aren't terribly complex, Square is one of the best credit card processing services available for iOS.


Best iPhone and iPad apps for small business: Buffer

Buffer helps you keep a handle on all your social media needs by letting you queue up posts for later, view statistics on links you've posted, and lots more. Buffer supports Facebook, Twitter,, and more. Take a few minutes to plan out your posts each day inside of Buffer and it handles the rest including the publishing part. Up to 5 social media accounts inside Buffer costs you nothing.

If you heavily depend on social media to market your business, you need Buffer.


Best iPhone and iPad apps for small business: Dropbox

Dropbox is one of the most widely accepted cloud storage services in the known universe. It links in with almost any app you may use now or ever use in the future. Upload files, share links to specific documents, and much more. If you have employees that need to access some of the same files, it doesn't get any easier than using Dropbox together.

For file storage for your small business that needs to be accessed by multiple people across many platforms and devices, look no further than Dropbox.

Google Drive

Best iPhone and iPad apps for small business: Google Drive

While Dropbox serves raw storage needs just fine, it isn't a productivity suit. For that, there's Google Drive. Create spreadsheets, documents, and more that you can collaborate with others on, share easily, and more. I've even seen smaller businesses keep running inventories inside a spreadsheet created in Google Drive. Obviously you'll need to back up things like that regularly but you just can't beat the convenience Google Drive offers.

If you regularly share spreadsheets and documents that many employees need to edit and have access to, Google Drive is a great solution.


Best iPhone and iPad apps for small business: Screens VNC

Screens is a screen sharing app for both Mac and iOS that lets you access desktop Macs remotely. All of us have encountered an instance where we needed a file off our Mac that we forgot at the office or at home. With Screens you don't need to worry about that anymore. Fire up the Screens app for iPhone and iPad and access your Mac desktop. As long as it's connected to a network, you're good to go.

If you need remote login on iOS and OS X, Screens is one of the most elegant solutions available.

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DocuSign Mobile

Best iPhone and iPad apps for small business: DocuSign

Many small businesses require customers to sign contracts or other types of forms on a regular basis. DocuSign Mobile lets you do it right from any iPhone or iPad. You can import templates and link in your existing storage services. And if you've been listening to my other suggested apps, this is where your data in Google Drive and Dropbox will play nicely will DocuSign Mobilefor a complete workflow.

If you require customers to sign documents and forms rather regularly, DocuSign Mobile is easy to use and more efficient than paper and pen.

Your favorite iPhone and iPad apps for small business?

Those are some of my favorite apps for small business. If you pick one of them up, let me know how it works for you. If I missed out on one of your iPhone or iPad favorites, tell me which and why you like it!

Allyson Kazmucha

iMore senior editor from 2011 to 2015.

  • Xpenser saves me hours each month when submitting my expenses - check it out - it's amazing.
  • Scanner Pro has always been huge for me! I use it to keep up with receipts and throw them in Dropbox. I would probably lose them otherwise. I am on the hunt for a decent low end accounting and expense tracking solution. I have a small business with two people minimal expenses and light invoicing. I just like to be able to do billing better as we expand and produce reports more effectively at the end of the month and at tax time. Cross compatibility between iOS and OSX would be a must. Quickbooks is too much stuff and not cost effective for us. Anyone have a suggestion?
  • For your accounting request, you may want to look into Kashoo and FreshBooks. Good luck. Sent from the iMore App
  • I'll give them a try! Thank you! Sent from the iMore App
  • Box
  • I also use scanner pro. You can send to dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, or WebDAV. I send to Evernote. I also have been using Trip Miles Plus. What I like about it, I can keep my personal, and business miles separate. I can have several vehicles, and drivers. When looking at year end status, it helps to see business separate from work, or any other trip types. If you have a small business, and vehicles, it is a good app. Even if you are running a business by yourself, and just one vehicle, it is great also. It will even track a trip via GPS, of course have the iPhone plugged in, and charging. I prefer to enter the trip manually. Another app I like is Gas Cubby. Yes I can enter the same info into Trip Miles Plus, but I like a separate app to keep track of fuel use, and service records. There are other apps out there, but I like Gas Cubby.
  • Good choices Ally.
    I use Documents and Scanner Pro by Readdle, Pocket Informant, Trip Cubby, Gas Cubby, WeatherBug, iWorks, Intuit GoPayment, TimeClpck ST, Mapping mostly with Google maps, and Box. (I love Box)
    There are others too, but these are my most commonly and frequently used biz apps for both of my iOS devices. Sent from the iMore App
  • Hi Ally Next time I'd love to see you include "FAQ Email Composer" ( We often get the same questions from our customers, and the app stores all the answers we need (several paragraphs at a time) along with a number of opening and closing phrases. To build the perfect reply email, we just select a few sections with checkmarks, then tap a button. It's been a massive timesaver for us, so we released it for others to use too. Let me know if you'd like a promo code.
  • Great article, thank you for sharing. Organizing my day by using different apps, really helps me get my work done. Some of my favorite apps are Evernote, Meetings and Wunderlist.
  • Thanks for the advice. I didn't know Buffer, looks great I wonder if it is as complete as Hootsuite.
    Nonetheless I would have added Beesy. It's an all-in-one app for productivity that suits perfectly for small business needs. Its real time collaboration features are very powerful and perfect for telecommuting. You will find more info here: