This post was guest-written for Visage and originated on the Visage Mobile blog. It has been re-posted with permission from Visage for use on the Concur blog.
Today’s CFO does not — cannot — live by spreadsheets and Windows alone. Like the rest of the business universe, CFOs are joining the mobile revolution, though some perhaps a little grudgingly. With the help of the cloud and a fast-growing array of mobile apps, company finances can literally be managed at one’s fingertips.
Indeed, finance chiefs have mobile apps available that can wipe out paperwork and streamline expense processes. The mobile workforce can now be anyone, anywhere — yes, even a financial manager. Here are four impressive business-finance apps aimed at decision makers and managers in the small and mid-size enterprise:
Freshbooks is a solution for small-to-medium sized business owners who aren’t centralized at one location. The app uses cloud accounting software and instant invoice creation and delivery services to allow users to conduct business anytime, anywhere. Freshbooks also provides time tracking and expense management systems using an infrastructure that supports up to 50 employees. Its ability to integrate with other financial apps is an important perk.
Cost: Packages start at $19.95 and include a web-based application as well as the mobile application (currently only available for iOS).
With SurePayroll’s mobile app, finance departments can pay salaried, hourly and 1099 employees from their mobile devices. SurePayroll allows users to preview their payroll, payment methods, and payroll summary reports all on their smartphones. Taxes are also paid and filed as soon as the payroll app has run. Employees can also benefit from a company’s use of Surepayroll. With its Mobile Paycheck feature, employees can securely view their current and past paychecks anytime on their phone, saving them a trip to the office or the bank.
Cost: Based on payroll frequency and number of employees. SurePayroll is iOS and Android compatible.
Another great tool for small business finances, Ledger enables users to record complex transactions (including transfers and splits), take photos, select contracts, search transaction summaries, and archive information with iTunes File Sharing. Ledger can also generate financial reports, including balance sheets and email reports from the app itself while securing the user’s financial information with password protection.
Cost: $3.99 in the Apple Store.
Your finance department manages a number of corporate credit cards — so many, if fact, they may be easy to lose track of. Lemon Wallet is the mobile solution that allows users to store a digital copy of all of their cards in the cloud. Using Lemon there’s always a back-up copy of the card in case it is lost or stolen and with the simple press of a button within the app, users can report card loss. A secure pin is required to access the cards and users are able to check balances and transactions from within the app.
Cost: Free or $4.99/month for premium options. Lemon Wallet is compatible with Windows phones, Android, and iPhone.