One of the benefits of using an iPhone is that it’s supported by a huge ecosystem of apps and developers. There are a range of different options in almost every category imaginable, and some of these have the ability to completely change the way you live and work. One of the most exciting categories for us is finance. Okay, it may not seem exciting at first glance; but think about it like this. For the first time in history, you have the ability to run a high-powered financial computer out of your pocket – with the top of the range software to match!
We’ve been picking out the best of the best iPhone finance apps, both for managing your personal finances and keeping track of your business accounts and cash-flow. Here’s what we’ve come up with:
This is probably the best iPhone finance app on the market. It’s a simple app that lets you manage your money, budgets and expenses – but the beauty of it is, it syncs right up to your bank account, no matter which Australian bank you choose! That way, you can automatically track your expenses and keep your books neatly synced with your actual funds. It’s the best way to make money management automated. Setting up the app takes a little time when you first get started; but once your accounts are in-sync, it's almost a set and forget system!
The ATO’s app for iPhone gives you instant access to some important data. You can track your tax return’s progress, manage your deductions and use the ATO’s detailed calculators to manage your small business or personal tax affairs. Once you get started with the app, you’ll be tuned into your tax like never before. The benefit? No more tax panic. There's also a library of knowledge accessible through the app that should answer most of your questions about basic tax matters without having to load up the website.
If you’re more interested in taking a hands-on approach to your accounts and don’t want the automation of Pocketbook, we understand. Wally can keep you informed and mindful about your incomings and out-goings by helping you keep detailed manual records of your transactions. It’s not as easy to use as Pocketbook, but it’s perfect for anyone wanting to master their finances themselves! The app works similarly to a spreadsheet, but you don't need to be an Excel overlord to keep it working smoothly.
Xero for iPhone is the single best mobile accounting app available. With a clean, easy user interface and all the power of its cloud based counterpart, the Xero app can make managing your business accounts as easy as a few taps on your screen. For business owners who run their accounts through Xero, it’s an indispensable way to keep your accounts at your fingertips. You can manage invoicing, billing, as well as any necessary bookkeeping, all on the go!
There are a number of apps launching or available in the USA that will be coming soon to Australia, and we’ll be updating this list when that happens. Mint, Jetty and Acorn for iOS are examples of some of the innovative mobile finance apps that we’ll be able to download soon, making everything from personal superannuation management to investing and saving accessible via the App store. Keep checking back on the Charltons blog for future in-depth app reviews.