Staying up to date is currently the name of the game in all industries, and accounting is no exception. With that being said, most people are not always sitting at a computer when work comes calling which has made the demand for applications on mobile devices more prevalent. These are some of the apps, or types of apps that have been found the most useful to accountants. All apps are available on both iOS and Android.
Apps such as Xero, Zoho Books, and Quickbooks have turned traditional accounting software on its head by introducing cloud-based accounting. These apps are accessible anywhere, and are able to manage finances in real-time, and generate the reports and statistics necessary to make or advise financial decisions.
Cloud storage holds many appeals for those who are not always able to use their usual desktop. Some of these benefits include the ability to access saved files from any device capable of connecting to the internet, as well as providing security by backing up files to a location outside the original device. Apps such as Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and Google Drive offer free storage in limited amounts (from 2GB to 15GB or more) as well as paid plans for those looking to store larger amounts of data.
Maintaining the security of your passwords while also managing to remember them can be difficult. Luckily there are apps specifically designed to alert you of password weakness and duplicates, help you create stronger passwords, and help you keep track of your passwords once they are all strengthened. Some of the highest rated free password management apps include LastPass 4.0 and LogMeOnce, which both have the option of a paid upgrade for increased security and additional features.
While it is not always practical to carry around a notebook and pen, the majority of people do carry their phone with them at all times. Note taking apps are great for anything from jotting down reminders or a person's contact information to taking down notes in a meeting. Three of the most popular note taking apps include Microsoft OneNote, Google Keep, and Evernote. Each has a free version which is easy to use and compatible on multiple devices, with numerous organizational features to make your notes easy to navigate for one person or a team.
Being left without access to an internet connection is never fun, especially when work is calling. WiFi Finder and other similar apps are the solution to this issue by providing you with the nearest locations for free wi-fi, as well as the passwords to available connections.
If you find yourself traveling for work on a regular basis, it might be worth your time to look into a travel management app. Apps such as TripIt organize your travel information into an easy to read itinerary, while also including check-in times, names, and contact information relevant to your trip.
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