5 Must-Have Finance Apps & Software For SMEs
Building a brand from scratch isn’t easy. As a business owner, you’ll face all kinds of different issues that test your time management and patience. But luckily, modern marvels are well-placed to help your SME succeed. Nabarro Poole is familiar with many of them – and we’ve done our research to bring the best apps and software to your attention.
Finance control is the crux of a viable business plan. So get smart and switched on with these must-have tech additions for today’s entrepreneur…
1. Receipt Bank
Like many bookkeeping apps, Receipt Bank lets you store its titular expense evidence digitally, saving and transferring it on-the-move. But it goes further – for example, divvying up expenses for everyone on the payroll (including yourself), for a crystalline view of what they’ve accrued. The multi-user plan is just twice the price of a sole trader investment; when you scale up, therefore, Receipt Bank can still match your growing team for the same low cost.
It’s one of the best-known names in finance applications, so Xero has a lot to keep living up to. The brand has links to thousands of accounting/bookkeeping firms around the world. Such relationships yield great, impeccably up-to-date info, patches and user advice from over 1,700 support employees. In terms of functionality, Xero lets you see what each business contact has paid you, alongside daily, automated bank feeds.
We’d say that SageOne has got the most typically professional app design – similar, in a way, to those used in online banking. The interface lays out trends in your cashflow, so you can spot where dips or rises crop up. They meld smoothly with your bank data: ply it with multiple accounts, if you like, and the influx will still be easy to read. The killer hook might be for ecommerce and retail businesses, as you can simulate the profit margin (in advance) on anything you’re selling. Balance sheets sum it all up, week by week.
Jargon is a real sticking point for many SMEs. That’s understandable; after all, if you can’t read between the lines of a financial platform, its usefulness will slip away pretty quickly. Hence, Freshbooks is the perfect starting software for those new to the game. Foreign currencies, for example, are simplified, and converted automatically on your invoice statements. There are the typical late payment reminders too, of course, as well as photo-capture receipt tracking. But mainly, you’ll enjoy Freshbooks for the ‘intro level’ language and presentation.
Ok, so this isn’t a finance app, but process management is key in all areas of business and Trello is a great starting point for managing your jobs, your staff and your processes. It’s simple to use – just moving all of your post-it notes (yours and your staffs) on to the cloud and all in one place. Set up a ‘job’ – eg. month end – assign the tasks to either your staff or your external bookkeeper/accountant and you can stay in the loop from anywhere with internet access. I genuinely love this app and would love to tell you all about it.
Haven’t tried cloud computing yet, or worried about the governments ‘Making Tax Digital’? We highly recommend these apps – they’re a good fit next to an accountancy team, like Nabarro Poole. Call us today to learn more!
14th August 2017
14th of January 2018
Building A Business Strategy For 2018
For many business owners, the New Year often feels like a welcome breath of fresh air. You’re back at work rejuvenated after an extended break, and there’s a strong whiff of optimism and expectancy in the office atmosphere. Anything could happen over these next 12 months – and ...
5th of January 2018
The Big Pension Changes For 2018
We’ll all be paying more into the pension pot next year. From April 2018, employers’ contributions will rise from 1% to 2%, whilst employee contributions will increase from 1% to 3%.
In the long term, the rise will have a positive effect on pensioners, but it comes with increased costs in the medium ...
15th of December 2017
Is Your Business Financially Ready For 2018?
The New Year is invariably an exciting time for business owners.
For those who’ve enjoyed a prosperous previous twelve months, January is the perfect point to launch fresh plans and kick on even harder. For others who’ve endured a more difficult time, the new year promises renewed ...