Apps burst into our lives back in the summer of 2008 and more than 10 years on, the mobile app ecosystem has evolved into one of the biggest industries on the planet.

With millions of developers and billions of smartphone or tablet users, you can understand how it’s become the behemoth it is today and why we need to seize this opportunity.

An app we use on a regular basis, and recommend you to make the most of, is the mobile accounting app developed by Xero.

One of the reasons we use Xero is down to it being able to connect with more than 500 add-ons, all of which can help you run your business.

Five apps for business owners

With more people using smartphones than ever before, it makes sense to harness that technology to save time in your business – but where do you start?

We’ve already covered the benefits of working with Xero, but that’s just one example of an app you can use to make running your business easier.

Other products can help you improve your cashflow, automate your accounting process, and manage other areas like expenses or scheduling.

Plus, all of the apps we’ve listed can be synced with Xero, so you can manage everything in one place.

Making and receiving payments

“Get paid on time, every time” is the slogan adopted by GoCardless, which offers you a platform to collect direct debit payments promptly.

It helps with invoice payments, subscriptions and fees, all which can provide a welcome boost to your business’s cashflow.

Paperless bookkeeping

There’s a reason ReceiptBank is the No.1 pre-accounting tool for accountants and bookkeepers.

All you need to do is take a quick photo of your receipt, and the app will convert it automatically into data, which feeds directly into Xero.

Mileage claims

If you’re spending a lot of time on trains, planes or automobiles, Tripcatcher offers an easy way to manage your mileage expenses.

Recording the miles you’ve racked up can be a hassle, but this app gives you an easy way to process how much you can claim back on business expenses.

Workforce management

Human resources and employee management is the name of the game with Deputy, which helps you manage your business.

Its connection with Xero gives you the facility to calculate overtime, penalty rates, and salary costing, while also integrating with payroll.

The ultimate expenses app

Being Silver Partners with Xero puts us in the perfect position to recommend the ultimate expenses app: Xero Expenses.

It works seamlessly with Xero accounting, while also offering the tools and insights that can efficiently track and manage your expense claims.

Contact us

These add-ons to the Xero app can make a real difference when it comes to running your business and getting on top of that mountain of paperwork.

We can advise on suitable software to save you time and make your business more efficient.

Get in touch to see how we can help you.