5 top business apps for accountants

By Gurminder Marwaha, Sage Business Experts (4 min read)

Gurminder runs through his top 5 apps he find most useful.

Being able to complete important business tasks on your phone or tablet can be a huge time saver for a small business owner. Business apps allow you to do things during your dead time, or updating that to do list whilst things are fresh in your mind.

As someone who runs a marketing and communications business, the explosion of mobile and tablet devices means that I can do a lot of work on the go through applications (apps). We’ve been accustomed to sending and receiving emails through phones and more recently tablets, but there’s a huge range of apps out there intended to make it easier to manage and run your business from a handheld device. For many people, tablets have become their primary and favourite computer, and I’m no different.

Personally, I love the freedom that some apps give me. I can make and edit movies, take photos, design websites and create music – all on the go. And that’s not counting preparing invoices, checking the accounts and keeping track of how much time I’m spending on projects. There’s not much I can’t do through apps. You’d be surprised how much you can do to keep your business running smoothly. In fact, for many entrepreneurs, you can find everything you need to run your business on your mobile device.

I’ve listed my top business app for accountants below:

1. Evernote (iOS) (Android)

One of a handful of apps I wish I’d come up with the idea for. I use Evernote all the time for notes, lists, web clips and capturing ideas. Ok, so I still carry a notebook and pen around with me pretty much all the time – but there are times when it’s easier to add something in Evernote, which I have across my phone, tablet and computer. And it syncs brilliantly across all platforms. A note in Evernote can contain text, photos, PDFs, spreadsheets, Word/Excel/Powerpoint/PDF documents, sound files and more – all at the same time. If I’m on my computer I can just drag and drop content into a note. A must have for anyone running their own business.

2. Storehouse (iOS)

A gorgeous and immersive app (designed by a former Apple user experience evangelist) making it easy for non-designers to tell multimedia-rich stories on the iPad. It combines wonderful interactions with intuitive navigation (scroll down to browse through a story, swipe across to browse different stories). Stories are key to any successful content, and I defy anyone not to be inspired by the stories, and the way they are told, on Storehouse. If you produce visual content, then you need to check this app out.

3. Hootsuite (iOS) (Android)

Not a new app by any stretch, but still the best one out there for managing multiple social media accounts. A recent update has, in my opinion, ruined what used to be a very good user experience – but if you have multiple accounts across Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Foursquare and others then you can’t go wrong with Hootsuite. Write a post, let the app know which channels you want to post to and hit send!

4. 2Do (iOS) (Android)

There are hundreds of to do lists on all the app stores. I’ve tried a few (some free – which tend to have very limited functionality) and some paid ones (which tend to over-complicate making a to do list and often aren’t actually better than free apps). I’ve finally settled on 2Do. The user interface may look dated (well, it is), but according to the developers there’s an overhaul in the pipeline and from their screenshots it looks awesome. 2Do lets you set up alerts, tag items, set due dates and a whole lot more. If, however, you want a very simple and uncluttered list-making app then check out Clear.

5. Percentage Calculator (iOS) (Android)

Brilliantly allows you calculate the percentage of “something” in a range of situations. Plug in the figures and use the pre-sets to determine the answer. For example, ‘increased by %’, ‘% changed’, ‘after X% is deducted’, and more…

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