BlackBerry Apps: RIM's top five free apps for business owners

Running a small business is always challenging. Business owners have to take on multiple roles (deal clincher, receptionist, sales manager, service delivery). But there are a number of applications out there for BlackBerry smartphone users that can help you conduct your business more easily.

No matter what hat you are wearing, whether you're on the move, keeping track of expenses, organising business travel, or collaborating with geo-dispersed staff, these BlackBerry applications are designed to have your back. And they're free.

1. SalesNOW

SalesNOW is a CRM tool designed for mobile sales professionals. Small business users can manage contacts, companies, deals, activities, emails and view graphical dashboards such as sales funnels, sales histories and forecasts all from their BlackBerry smartphone. The solution also automatically syncs with the SalesNOW website, allowing sales teams to share information, view reports, collaborate, and engage prospects all from one platform.

SalesNOW is available to download for FREE from BlackBerry App World

2. BlackBerry Travel

On a business trip? BlackBerry Travel turns a BlackBerry smartphone into a personal travel assistant. It gives users instant access to all trip details, including: itineraries, weather updates, currency converters and more. BlackBerry Travel identifies your flight, hotel, and car rental confirmation emails on your BlackBerry and creates a single itinerary with all the details synched to your device. If your flight's delayed or your connection changes, BlackBerry Travel will automatically push notification alerts to your device to keep you informed. Tools include a currency converter, weather forecast for your destination, local search to find what you need while on the road and the BlackBerry Travel Web Portal, meaning that you'll be well-prepared, even for multi-leg journeys.

BlackBerry Travel is available to download for FREE from BlackBerry App World

3. Navita Translator

As every businessman or holidaymaker knows, when things get lost in translation, trips can go sour. Make sure this never happens with the handy Navita Translator application. Featuring over 50 different languages, it allows users to translate-and-speak, translate e-mails, texts, or even websites at the push of a button.

What's more, there is no tricky installation process - the application will seamlessly integrate with your BlackBerry smartphone and will be available to use on your home screen or downloads folder as and when you need it!

Navita Translator is available to download for FREE from BlackBerry App World

4. Nice Office LITE

Nice Office LITE turns your BlackBerry into a virtual mobile office. Manage your email, calendar, contacts and tasks on the go, to keep on top of your business. The application allows users to store forms and documents online and send them directly to your customers, track sales and lead activity by workflows and status levels, or create custom sales fields and record sales activity.

Nice Office LITE also automatically logs device activity and gives you detailed reporting on mobile interactions with your contacts, tracking messages, calls, appointments and more, automatically. Updates are synced wirelessly between your BlackBerry and the Nice Office LITE website, so there's no need to enter anything twice or update information when you get back to the office.

Nice Office LITE is available to download for FREE from BlackBerry App World

5. Poynt

Poynt is a free, all-in-one local search application for your BlackBerry smartphone. Move beyond discovering your local area and begin connecting with local businesses, retailers and events that are important to you. View your search results on an interactive map, get driving directions, see show times, watch movie trailers and buy tickets - all in one application.

Poynt is available to download for FREE from BlackBerry App World

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