By Lita Epstein

Small business owners don’t like to be tied to a desk. With today’s new mobile applications for accounting, they no longer have to worry about finding time to sit down and do the books.

Today, with the right accounting and bookkeeping software, a business owner can check his or her accounts online using mobile apps. Two companies currently provide excellent mobile applications and online account management: Quickbooks and Xero. These two also happen to offer international editions for business owners not based in the U.S.

The mobile app from Quickbooks offers users online access anytime from anywhere. It provides automatic backup, so you don’t need to worry about securing your critical accounting data. You can track your expenses and sales while you are on the go, so you don’t need to worry about getting home from a business trip and spending hours on travel reports. And you can even create and send invoices while you’re on the road and pay your bills while traveling.

Xero, which was named by Forbes as the most innovative growth company in the world, is also a worthy option for your accounting needs. You can get up-to-date financials at any time using a Mac, Windows machine, tablet, or phone. Just as with Quickbooks online, you can access your accounting software from anywhere and invoice customers, records sales, track expenses, and pay your bills while on the road.

If you do choose to use online accounting software, always be certain you are on a secure connection. Other mobile applications are available to secure your communications. You can check out some of the top rated mobile security applications at PC Magazine.