Five excellent Small Business Accounting Apps You Should Be Using!

The time has not only come but we are way past it!

I’m speaking of going paperless, of course. As an accountant, you have to have all your financial records in order and easily retrievable.

Additionally, you need access to forms, sometimes at a moment’s notice. Last. and certainly not least, productivity. The old days of crammed filing cabinets and overflowing in-trays are becoming a dusty memory. Most of your client’s financial records should be online now and accessible from any device.apps_jfw_accounting

So, if you are migrating your data to the cloud, here are Five excellent Small Business Accounting Apps you should load to your devices:

  1. Quickbooks Online: I admit that I have a bias to Quickbooks (we offer it as service in my firm)  However, it is a popular and respected accounting program. And if you use it, you should download this app. This newest version is as good as it gets. You can create and send invoices, get estimates immediately, mark invoices as paid and see customer balances. It’s new, upgraded intuitive Dashboard is incredible.
  2. Tsheets: The time card machine is so 20th Century. Using this incredibly thorough app you can track employee hours. Whether it’s your iPhone or Android, you can use text and dial-in options and clock in. Then, get to work with just the click of a button. You can also switch jobs, locations and tasks. For employees, this time tracking app helps you keep an eye on all your employees time (and effort). But there’s more: you can approve timesheets and see detailed and real-time reports of labor expenses including regular time, overtime, vacation and PTO.
  3. Is a key bill payment application. It streamlines your payments and also eliminates manual and paper-based business bill payment and invoicing processes. It also provides ACH payment to help grow your business. You can also share an estimate, a purchase order or any supporting document. Of course, you can pay bills on the go and even see why payment is being held up and who is doing it. It can also be integrated with Quickbooks Online and your desktop!
  4. Adobe EchoSign: Virtual signatures are not “James Bond” anymore. Now, you can send a document to be e-signed, keep track of the document’s progress, store it in the cloud, collect multiple signatures and send email alerts to signatories. It even works with many leading business systems such as Sales Force and Ariba.
  5. Google Docs: This free app is still one of the best and it’s certainly taken for granted being part of the whole Google structure. Yet, its features and ease of use cannot be denied. Perhaps, its most used and popular feature is the document sharing. You can create a document (Word, spreadsheet, charts, etc) then share it with whomever you designate. No more need to print (some) documents. You can also access it from any device and anywhere as long as you remember your Google access codes. It’s so easy to use and it can be adapted to most any accountant’s workflow.

These are only five and there are more accountants’ apps being developed or upgraded every month. Use any of these apps and be amazed at how your client service improves, production increases and maybe, get a few more hours with the spouse and kids at home (but I’m not promising that one.)