You’re an accountant? Don’t worry – there’s an app for that. Here are four apps and programs that will help you with your career in accounting.
Jobs in accounting aren’t what they used to be. The advance of digital technology offers those with jobs in accounting endless new ways to streamline and simplify their work. It’s always been a myth that accountants are just bookkeepers – but especially today, when the “books” being kept are increasingly digital in nature.
A prime example of the way new technologies are transforming the accounting profession can be found in the abundance of apps geared to accountants. More prolific than ever, accounting and budgeting apps can make your job in accounting a whole lot easier – so long as you use the right ones. Here are four sweet accounting apps that should be mainstays on your computer or mobile devices.
To begin with an obvious, or at least the best-known, example: FreshBooks offers users the twin advantages of simplicity and accessibility. For the luddites among you, FreshBooks has clear, step-by-step instructions that pop up whenever you try a new task. (These tips can also be turned off once you master the app’s features, at which point the constant reminders may start to wear on your nerves.)
Because FreshBooks is a hosted accounting service, the data you enter into the app is available to you anywhere – whether from your mobile device or from your desktop computer. Your data, further, is automatically backed up, offering you a real sense of security. Finally, FreshBooks is ideal for tracking multiple projects: it enables automatic expense tracking and allows you to manage varying rates and profit/loss reports.
More prolific than ever, accounting and budgeting apps can make your job in accounting a whole lot easier – so long as you use the right ones.
Another clear choice for those with jobs in accounting, QuickBooks is a versatile but powerful application, offering a number of different versions to meet your various accounting needs. Regardless of how big or small your operation, there’s a QuickBooks that will suit your profile.
For example, QuickBooks Online Simple Start is popular among those dealing with small business accounting needs. QuickBooks Essentials and Plus, on the other hand, provide features that will be attractive to larger companies. All in all, the program lets you pick and choose from a host of features and tailor the program to your company’s specific needs.
Ideal for jobs in accounting at smaller businesses, Kashoo allows users to sync their online bank accounts, credit cards, and invoices. The program also lets you cluster income and expense data for tax reporting purposes. As an accountant, your clients can use this app to share their businesses’ data with you online.
This isn’t your grandmother’s accounting job: today’s accounting and finance professionals need to be on top of technology.
With the option of a free or, for a price, upgraded “Plus” version, Outright is fairly accessible and user-friendly. It allows for simple tracking of sales and finances, profit and loss statements and a view of where money is going at a given time. The app can be linked up with your bank account and credit cards, as well as Paypal, eBay and even your FreshBooks account.
This isn’t your grandmother’s accounting job: today’s accounting and finance professionals need to be on top of technology. Thankfully, there’s a limitless supply of accounting apps, programs, and software to help make your job in accounting a little less demanding. Make sure you choose the right ones!
What apps do you depend on to make your job in accounting easier to manage? Which would you recommend for other accounting professionals? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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