Infographic: Why small businesses love mobile apps

Companies say the tools save time and increase productivity. Plus, here are some of the best apps for your business.

When you hear the term “smartphone app,” which thought comes to mind: boosting business productivity or Angry Birds?

If you associate apps with wasting time, take a look at this infographic from Column Five and Intuit. More and more companies are using apps not only to save time, but also to enhance productivity and stay connected.

Small businesses in particular are jumping on the mobile app trend. With 72 percent of small businesses using apps regularly, small-business owners report saving about 5.5 hours per week and employees a little more than double that. As to whether using apps cuts costs or increases revenue, however, business owners are split.

The most commonly used apps among small businesses are apps for navigation, contact management and document access. Which apps are the best? Here are five that Entrepreneur.com recommends:

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