So what are Xero apps? ‘Download the app’ is something we hear day in and day out these days. And for those in the know, apps have really transformed their lives.
With apps for everything from relaxation, to planning your sporting performance and keeping your accounts in order, if you’re not in the know, you can feel really left out. In this article, we want to demystify the notion of apps and introduce you to a handful of accounting apps that could make your life a whole lot easier.
Even though today the word app is associated with software that runs on smartphones and tablets, applications have in fact been in use as long as computers have been in existence. Apps in the format we use today are particularly easy to use because they are typically accessed by clicking or tapping on the home screen of your phone or tablet. What this means is that they really are at your fingertips. What’s more, they’re easy and quick to recognise, thanks to their icon styling. With apps, there’s no more searching through your computer to find the software you want to access – it’s literally there at your fingertips.
If you’re not yet into apps, a great way to get into the habit of using them is to search for a simple app that would make your life easier or more enjoyable. Once you’ve downloaded it, simply get into the habit of checking it out on a daily basis. Maybe a weather app or a step counting app would be the perfect first toe in the water for you?
When it comes to accounting, as soon as you can get your head around the notion of Xero apps you’ll find yourself suddenly feeling free of the chains that previously held you to your desk. Your accounting responsibilities will take on a whole new look. A combination of working on the cloud and using mobile apps truly will transform how you feel about your accounting and will free up a whole lot of your valuable time. So, you’ll see that investing in a short period of acclimatisation into the use of Xero apps could be really beneficial in the longer term.
Here are just some of the apps that we at The Smart Accountants love and recommend:
Used in combination with bookkeeping through Xero the Receipt Bank App will completely transform how you deal with receipts and invoices. When you start to use this app, you’ll see why anyone in your company who claims expenses should have it on their phone. It completely removes the need for manual data entry, lets you control your expenses on the go and is a safe and secure, yet seamless way to get your data into Xero.
The Futrli app gives you amazing power to your business elbow. Perfect for accounting and franchise businesses Futrli, as its name suggests helps you look into the future. Working with Xero it automatically syncs your Dashboards and Forecasts which means you have your finger truly on the pulse. Budgeting, business planning and cash flow forecasting become simpler, more accurate and up to date when you choose Futrli.
If you’re in the retail sector, then point of sale and inventory is likely to be high on your list of priorities when it comes to running a tight ship. Vend is an app that seamlessly connects with your online accounting software and gives you an up to date and accurate picture of your business performance at any time of the day or night. An app that you can use on any device, Vend gives you control that’s way beyond what you can probably imagine right now.
WorkflowMax is an app that was developed by Xero and offers “all-in-one workflow” that encapsulates quotes, time sheets, job and project management as well as invoices. Trusted by more than 8500 businesses, WorkflowMax integrates with Xero in such a way that it makes even the most complex workflows simple, saving you time and giving you a whole lot more control.
These are just a few of the apps on the market that integrate with Xero in a combined effort to make your life easier and smarter.
If you’re sitting on the fence when it comes to Xero apps, we’d really encourage you to face your app fears and give a simple one a go. Start today, you really won’t regret it.
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