Top Apps to Manage Your Startup Finances

by Mindy Crump

3 min read

Time is a virtue, especially for those starting a business. When starting up, having to learn how to run every aspect of the business is unfeasible, yet one or two people are often at the helm handling everything at the start. Luckily there are a range of different programs and apps out there which can help save time and money until you’re in a place to hire. Here are 10 apps on the market today which can help you and your business stay on top of your finances.

  1. StratPad: Whether you’re starting out for the first time, or pivoting mid-way through your latest venture, Stratpad is a business plan program that’s useful at any point in your startup career. It provides a means to create a professional business plan and a chance to track a business’ finances and compare them to your original goals.
  2. QuickBooks:QuickBooks is an online accounting and bookkeeping program with many useful features for small businesses. You can track expenses, send invoices, set up and complete payroll for employees, manage and pay bills, and produce key financial reports (ie. balance sheet, profit & loss, etc.).
  3. Expensify: For those looking for an easier way to compile expense reports, Expensify is the way to go. Top features include the ability to enter expenses manually or through transactions from your bank account, and options to track billed hours to customers, take a quick picture of your receipts and enter the information through SmartScan technology, and it can even track mileage using the GPS on your cell phone. Integrate Expensify with QuickBooks, and you’ve got all your information in one convenient place.
  4. BodeTree: If you need more insight into your business’ finances, BodeTree can help. Find out how much you’re worth, create financial forecasts, have important reports such as your income statement on hand, and create strategies to keep the business alive and running. You can even track your company’s overall Business Health Score.
  5. Mavenlink: Mavenlink is a work management program for businesses and their team members. It provides a way for employees to work together on projects, keep track of the tasks at hand, and share files with each other. Financially, businesses can track hours employees have worked while tracking expenses with detailed entries. Mavenlink can also integrate with QuickBooks to keep your financial tracking all in one spot.
  6. Method CRM: One of the most important lessons an entrepreneur will ever learn, is how to keep a customer coming back. Method CRM is a customer relationship management program that helps you organize and track your interactions with clients. Through its online dashboard, you can maintain regular contact with customers to respond to any issues that arise or capitalize on key sales opportunities. How does this relate to finances? It too can be integrated with QuickBooks, enabling you to monitor how and when customer interactions translate into financial transactions.
  7. SOS Inventory: If your business is in need of inventory management, SOS Inventory is a QuickBooks must-have add-on. It’s a handy tool for businesses needing to juggle things like managing inventory, creating sales orders, tracking back orders, creating barcoding systems, and running inventory reports. SOS Inventory is functional on multiple digital devices and browsers.
  8. BigTime: BigTime is a quick and easy program for tracking time and expenses. In addition to allowing you to review and approve each expense being put through, it lets you provide additional details per expense and create customizable invoices. BigTime is accessible on most digital devices.
  9. Flint Mobile: Having more options for customers to pay for your products and/or services is now easier thanks to companies like Flint Mobile. Flint allows businesses to take credit cards without a card reader – by scanning instead of swiping. Its iOS and Android apps also provide options for online invoice payments. The all-in-one platform also offers a merchant portal to track transactions, payments, invoice management and more. Flint Mobile can be integrated with QuickBooks and there is an option for a business to set up QR code coupons for customers.
  10. ReferralCandy: Even in today’s tech-oriented environment, traditional word of mouth is one of the top marketing tactics still used in the marketplace. ReferralCandy takes the idea of word of mouth and turns it into sweet rewards for your customers. Using ReferralCandy, you can share a customer offer and give clients a special link to send to others. With each purchase made through that special link, rewards are returned to both the current customer and the new customer. That’ll get people talking about your business!

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