How to use your ipad for business

So here I was, off to NYC on business with only my ipad…..and no real sense of how to maximize it's fabulousness!   I have to admit I was slightly panicked as I am very attached to my macbook, yet was thrilled to be toting this new lightweight toy. 

What's a girl to do? 

I immediately reached out to my fabulous list of experts who have come through, like the rock stars they are, with so many uber-cool ideas on how to use your ipad……I am so all over these tips and have been downloading apps like mad. I have patted my macbook and put her to rest for the week in order to snuggle up with my latest lover de jour.

If you have something awesome to share…….leave some love and show me the next best thing!!


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    Written by Sarah Shaw

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  • I love my iPad because I can upload my latest catalogs as PDFS and show them to customers. This is great for exhibiting, walking, and reviewing them as virtual booklets!

    It also provides a jukebox (I use Pandora) in my workshop when I need music while making art!

  • THANK YOU for this informative article!

    I just purchased an iPad2 for my fine art jewelry business (although my son immediately downloaded Angry Birds and a paper airplane making App). I was waiting for my Apple store to schedule an iPad2 business, tutorial meeting but they have nothing planned.

    Although I’ve downloaded quite a few business applications (some mentioned above), I’m still searching for more/better. After reading all of your input I’ve discovered applications new to me, in quite a few areas, that suit my business.

    I’ll be reviewing your thoughts with the App Store open and my finger hovering over the SEARCH box!

    Thank you,

    Andrea Rosenfeld

  • Sarah says:

    Wonderful post, I will definitely be adding a few of these apps to my iPad. I use my iPad at tradeshows to place orders. I simply go to my website and submit the order. Since my product is personalized it saves all of the personalization details in one place with the payment and I never have to worry about loosing a paper order.

  • Sarah Shaw says:

    I know these are such awesome ideas right?
    I am downloading like mad right now!!

  • Great post. So many good ideas. I’m loving my iPad for note-taking at meetings and events. I use Evernote for that, and can easily turn my notes into blog posts or client docs later.

    Also, a most-awesome app for staying organized is Wunderlist. Like Evernote, it syncs between my iPhone, Ipad and desktop so I can add To-Do’s from anywhere and still have one central list. No more sticky notes and paper scraps to get lost!

    Joey Sargent (@brandsprout)

  • Wow…such great tips..thank you for including my photo gallery tip!


  • mandi says:

    Well you’ve all sold me on an ipad … now to get one!!

  • Kristin says:

    My ipad just arrived today! Can’t wait to check out some of these great recommendations. Thanks Sarah!

  • Lori Brown says:

    I use an Android Tablet instead of an ipad but have also found a ton of great uses for it for my business – including several mentioned here that are also available for android. Some of my favorites are mindmapper called Thinking Space that lets me brainstorm anywhere, and Dropbox & Evernote to sync files and notes across it, my laptop and my smartphone. It’s become a vital tool.

  • Shannon says:

    What great ideas and tips. I had not heard of the square app. I need to get that to some of my clients as soon as possible.

  • Fantastic article Sarah. I’ve been considering getting an iPad for a few months now and you’re making it more tempting…

  • Terry says:

    This basically sold me on the idea of getting an iPad, very cool and I had no idea there were this many creative uses for it in business….

  • Richard says:

    The iPad is truly a great device for business…I just too bad there aren’t many clear instructions for how to fully utilize it. I would highly recommend this video series for people who want to use their iPad to its full potential.

    iPad Video Lessons

  • Jacob says:

    RIP Steve Jobs, the reason this post was even written. What a great invention he gave the world!

  • Tom Kimball says:

    Thanks, Sarah,

    I’ve been compiling business apps for a course I’m teaching and your rock stars hit many that I missed.

    Some other ideas:

    ‘Free Wi-Fi’ to locate hotspots on the road
    Use the iPad to view training videos on the road
    Download audiobooks, Podcasts from iTunes U or the public library for any topic (sales?) or industry to listen while driving
    Mobile contact and opportunity tracking (CRM) software for iPad like Bento
    Apps for tracking billable hours like Paymo

    Also, Apple has a business apps section in the App Store called @Work that is organized by business function

    Tom Kimball

  • Tom Kimball says:

    One more.

    Inspired by Thomas Ogden (Reason #30 Smart Bookmarks)…

    I love using the Share button to the left of the URL window in Safari. Try ‘Save To Home Screen’ and watch what it does. Nice, shiny bookmark on your desktop!


  • This is the right blog for anyone who wants to find out about this topic. You realize so much it’s almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want Ha-ha

  • Bosun Ojomo says:

    Thanks a lot. Now I know I can use my Ipad for more things than reading my emails.

  • Samia Lee says:


    I agree with you iPad can be an efficient tool at work if we know how to use it well!
    I recommend a business application “Beesy” for note taking/ToDo/Project management.
    I often use my iPad at work especially for meetings. I used as note taking EverNote and then Awesome Note for a long time and their ability to sync but both had a disadvantage ; the lack of features to accommodate tasks, to-do and make monitoring.

    So I was seeking an alternative application to save time for my meeting. I have almost tested all the apps on Notes/ ToDo on the APPstore and I must admit I am still surprised they do not fit with a pro use. A month ago, I discovered Beesy, an note taking and management app ToDo which include taking notes with a business way. Until now I’m really satisfied by Beesy. It’s really efficient and maybe the only disadavantage is you need a bit time to use it efficiently.
    Also, the advantage is to submit easily by email minutes about my different meeting.
    If you are interested you can google “Beesy”

    All the best,

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  • Regina says:

    In order to learn how use your i-pad I would try this site.
    I-Pad Video Lessons
    It offers videos and lessons that helped me get familiar with how it works. I was new to Mac so I was glad i found this site, this site is also good if your transitioning from windows.

  • Lots of good uses. For me, it’s simply the internet! I don’t use any crazy apps. I just love having the ability to crank out an email, do some research or get something done, without having to boot up my laptop.

  • Absolutely loved this article. So many cool uses for business and personal use…it’s so hard for people to not want to purchase one. Although purchasing an iPad is not always viable (cost?), renting one is…especially for short-term needs like vendors at outdoor festivals, caterers, professionals doing presentations, party planners putting on events, or people who just want to try it out before they purchase. The possibilities are endless!

    Travel Entertainment iPads

  • I love using my iPad to review my outline and notes as I prepare for talks and of course read books that are related to my line of work. With the bigger screen, it’s much nicer to read business email on it than a smartphone.

    Aside from my own use, I believe iPads are the perfect tool for mobile meetings. In fact, our company has developed an app called Anywhere Pad that allows you upload Word docs, Powerpoint files, images, and PDFs, then share those files with invited participants. As a presenter, your page flips and annotations are synchronised with everyone in the meeting.

  • janed says:

    I love using my iPad to review my outline and notes as I prepare for talks and of course read books that are related to my line of work. With the bigger screen, it’s much nicer to read business email on it than a smartphone.

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