3 handy small business tools for iPad

by Derek Walter

June 18 2013

Kashoo is an accounting program for small businesses that can be accessed via the iPad or iPhone.
Kashoo is an accounting program for small businesses that can be accessed via the iPad or iPhone.

Managing a small business from an iPad goes beyond just editing documents or answering e-mail. True tablet productivity is possible with this selection of apps, which give you the ability to manage a database, perform accounting, and manage workflow.

The following tools let you work with different file types and combine features often found in separate programs so you spend less time hopping from one app to another.


Kashoo's “simple cloud accounting" brings iPad users the multiple measures for business health - managing spreadsheets, expense accounts, tracking sales and working with QuickBooks files. It also connects with iCloud to sync app information across an iPhone and iPad.

The ubiquitous 30 day free trial option is available for anyone who wants to give it a go. There are then various plans for monthly or yearly subscriptions.


LiveHive is a collaboration tool that lets you connect with Office files, Google docs, web pages, videos, audio files and others.

Users can create a customized desktop for rapid access to important emails, documents, or other kinds of productivity files. You can also share files through social networks in lieu of via email. LiveHive also recently introduced tags to better keep track of what can be a large collection of documents. 

A free plan contains most of the features; for $8.95 per month users get SSL security, 400 workspaces and no limit on the number of items they store.

Bento 4 for iPad
Bento 4 is the personal-sized database from FileMaker, designed for managing projects, events, or databases on a smaller scale. It is more geared for individuals or much smaller groups that don’t need the larger feature set found in FileMaker.

One of the strongest features is the built-in template inventory, which makes it easy to get up and running quickly. Most users will find Bento easy to catch on to, as it uses a similar interface to FileMaker, with an Apple-like focus on usability and solid performance.

Bento 4 for iPad is $9.99.

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