It’s no secret that more and more jobs and businesses are operating on-the-go and off site. The ease, flexibility, and convenience of technology has allowed us to be able to do this.

Since most who work off site can access work-related information, data, and email from a Smartphone or tablet, having the right apps are in high demand. Here are some of the best project management and business planning apps to help keep productivity up and stress low.

Office Tools. It is highly recommended that any business or project manager use office tools. These consist of a word processing app, a data organization app, and even an app for designing presentations. There are Microsoft and Apple versions of these tools available for Smartphones and tablets. Some of the most common are Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for both Microsoft and Apple users. They are available for Android, the iPhone, and the iPad.

These basic tools will allow for businesses and project managers to manage documents of all types and sizes. They will allow you to design, edit, and organize everything needed for your business. For the Apple users who use Pages, Numbers, or Keynote, you do have the option to save documents you have created in Word format so Microsoft users can open them as well.

File Sharing. A few great file-sharing apps that are a must-have for any business or project manager is Dropbox or Google Drive. These are both free to set up and free apps to download. This will allow business owners and project managers to share files, upload and download files with ease, and even organize files so you don’t have to use any memory on your phone or tablet.

Both Google Drive and Dropbox are very intuitive and user-friendly. They also have a “preview” option that allows you to open and view documents and even PDFs. These apps will not allow you to actually edit documents—unless you open the document in a word processing or data organization program (such as Word, Excel, Pages, or Numbers).

Expense Tracker. This is a great iPad app that helps track expenses (both personal and business) and allows for businesses and project managers to budget, plan, organize, and track all things financial. All expenses, transactions, and purchases can be entered and tracked immediately. Expenses can even be managed and organized by date, category, and amount. Gone are the days when receipts get piled up on your desk in your office, or having to make copies or even scan.

Task Planner. E-Task is a great tool available for both the iPad and iPhone that helps organize, assign, manage, and track tasks, leads, clients, projects, and even time spent per project. Businesses and project managers can set reminders for each project or client, set follow up dates, and even create a calendar of events or deadlines that should be tracked for each project or task.

This app can even manage timesheets for each employee. Timesheets are broken down for project, task, and can record how much time was spent on a particular task or project for a certain client. This way, at the end of each week or at the end of every two weeks (whatever the business’s or organization’s pay cycle is), timesheets can be collected and organized by employee and project.

These are just a few of the best project management and business apps that are available. Ultimately the best apps will depend on what your business or project management needs entail, but these are a few of the basic ones that no business or project should be without.

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