Bookkeeping For Dummies
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With so many accounting apps on the market, it can be hard to figure out which one can best meet your business needs. Read on for some tips on choosing the best mobile apps for bookkeeping on the go.

  • Your existing accounting program: If you want to do bookkeeping on the go, the most important thing to consider when selecting a program for managing your business' accounts is whether or not mobile bookkeeping is available. Not every accounting software program has a mobile app as an option (so far). Two top ones that do and that also give you access to all records online are Quickbooks Online and Xero.

  • TripLog/1040: This app is only available for Apple products, but it's a great way to keep track of your miles with a mileage log. It's also a great tool for keeping track of all your deductible and reimbursable mileage for business, charity, and medical expenses.

  • Mileage Tracker: This is another excellent app for tracking mileage, but it's for Android devices. It even includes real-time GPS for accurate time and distance information.

  • Expensify: Keeping track of all your businesses expenses can be a pain when you're on the go. This app helps you to keep those expenses and receipts organized, so you don't miss anything.

  • Time Recording: Do you have to keep careful track of how you and your staff spend their day? This app makes it much easier to track your time and how you use it.

  • Square Register: Would you like to turn your tablet into a cash register? This app helps you do just that. You can track payments, tipping, digital receipts, and inventory.

  • Award Wallet: If you and your staff are members of frequent flyer programs, hotel programs, and credit card points, Award Wallet is a great app to help you track these rewards and make sure you take full advantage of their benefits.

  • Remember the Milk: Keeping track of all the things you need to do as a bookkeeper can sometimes be mind boggling. Remember the Milk as a great app for managing all your tasks each day.

  • Cisco Webex: If you need to have meetings on the road, Cisco Webex makes that possible. You can even use PowerPoint slides or share financial documents as part of the meeting.

  • Google Now: Although not specifically a bookkeeping app, Goodle Now is a great tool for getting needed information based on what's on your schedule. It will provide weather reports, traffic situations to avoid (based on where you're planning to be that day), and any other info you let it know you need. Information is generated automatically based on the schedule you input.

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Lita Epstein, MBA, designs and teaches online courses in investing, finance, and taxes. She is the author of Trading For Dummies and Bookkeeping Workbook For Dummies.

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