If you’re a small business owner these days, chances are you’re always on the go. There’s no use waiting until you get back the office to manage your finances. Why not take your business with you?

Even a few years ago, this would have been impossible, but thanks to the hundreds of mobile apps currently available, balancing the books has never been easier. With dozens of apps to choose from, it’s difficult to know which accounting apps are right for your business. That’s why I’ve complied this list of the best of the best.

With these key accounting apps, you can take your business wherever you go, send invoices on the fly, and run your business from the palm of your hand.

Zoho Books

This app is loved by users and it’s easy to see why. The app is beautifully designed, simple to use, and chock full of features. You can send estimates and invoices, record bills, track time, create projects, and accept payments directly online. To top it off, Zoho Books is competitively priced and provides excellent customer support.

FreshBooks Classic

This app is “classic” for a reason. Manage contacts, bills, invoices, and projects all from your phone with this easy-to-use tool. You can even use the software offline; FreshBooks Classic will automatically sync your data when you have internet again, which saves you time and worry.

QuickBooks Accounting

Brought to you by QuickBooks Online, this app handles everything from invoicing to expense tracking to contact management and more. It automatically connects to your bank so you can see your business’s finances anytime, anywhere. It also allows you to track expenses and manage customers on the go.

QuickBooks Self-Employed

Designed with the self-employed in mind, QuickBooks Self-Employed is a life-saver for freelancers on the move. Easily track mileage, send invoices, take photos of receipts, and tackle estimated quarterly taxes with confidence. There is even a Turbo Tax integration so you can automatically pay your self-employment taxes come April.

FreeAgent

UK users are set with this expense tracking and invoicing app. FreeAgent receives positive reviews and the design is simple, yet appealing. You can track expenses, snap photos of receipts, send invoices, and add new customers using the app. You can even submit VAT and self-assessment forms directly from your phone.

Xpenditure

Although Xpenditure is not a full accounting solution, this app is a huge time saver when it comes to expenses. You can scan receipts with your phone to create expenses and recording mileage is a breeze. Xpenditure also integrates with accounting programs like QuickBooks Online, Xero, FreshBooks, and more.

If you’re always out and about, it’s time to cut the office umbilical cord and free yourself up with a mobile accounting solution. These time-saving apps can help maintain control and stay in the know where your finances are concerned. You can manage invoices, expenses, contacts, projects, time, and more, straight from your pocket—and best of all, you don’t have to put your mobile lifestyle on hold to do so.

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Chelsea Krause
Chelsea Krause is the Head Accounting and Invoicing writer for Merchant Maverick, a small business software review site. Powered by a desire to see small businesses succeed, Chelsea specializes in transforming accounting expertise and research into helpful small business advice. Follow Chelsea on Twitter @AccountingMage.

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