As a result of the current downturned economy, business professionals everywhere are looking for ways to cut down on expenses without losing profit or the usability of certain technologies. Many app creators are now allowing their apps to be downloaded for free, without a single catch. Below are 10 iPhone and iPad apps that used to cost anywhere from $1 to nearly $26 for a single download but are now completely free.
1. Used to be $6
My Eyes Only – Before it was a free app, My Eyes Only was nearly $6. This download stores your personal information by encrypting the data and password protecting it. You can store your credit card information, passwords, contact information, and even your bank account numbers and logins securely with this app.
2. Used to be $1.99
Time Tracker Pro –This free download that once cost $1.99 is basically a simple stopwatch, which makes it easy to track the time you spend on specific projects and tasks. If you work on many different projects during the day for different clients, this could be the perfect app for you.
3. Used to be $20
ExcelTripLt – Starting out at just about $20, this free app download can track, record, and report customer name, mileage, date and time, and the reason for the visit. And it even records everything in a simple Excel spreadsheet.
4. Used to be $17
360 eMeetings –The 360 eMeetings app is now free but used to cost about $17 for a single download. This is the perfect app for you if you have regular business meetings, because this app allows all those who attend the meetings access to meeting minutes, agendas, and documents, making for more productive and on-task meetings.
5. Used to be $0.99
E-PunchClock – Starting out at $0.99, it is now a free app download. E-PunchClock allows you to punch in and out of work all on your iPhone or iPad. Your punches sync with the E-PunchClock Server, so the information is stored online appropriately and conveniently.
6. Used to be $10
Business Learning – This free app once cost about $10 and includes 1500 flashcards. The flashcards cover many topics important to a business professional, so if you ever need a quick refresher course, this is the free download you need.
7. Used to be $23.99
secureCC – SecureCC protects your credit card information and any other stored credit card information. It password protects everything and even keeps images of the credit cards for easy reference. This app used to cost $23.99 before it was free.
8. Used to be $0.99
Annual Leave Pro – While this app was already affordable at just under $1, there isn’t a reason not to try it now that it’s free. Its main feature is exactly as the name suggests—it tracks your leave, vacation, and sick time for work. It even tracks your overtime hours.
9. Used to be $0.99
ezNote – While it was just $0.99, it is now free. The ezNote app allows you to create shorthand notes and it even has a text editor. This is a simple app and it’s easy to use. And because it’s free, why not give it a try?
Utilizing these free apps — and many more just like them — can increase your professional productivity while maintaining and revitalizing your budget. This way, you can use your budget elsewhere, perhaps for marketing purposes or giving your employees a few morale boosts or small bonuses. Using free apps just makes good business sense.