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Mobile apps for business - a working directory

13th Jan 2010
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Bolstered by its triumph as AccountingWEB’s Gadget of the Year for 2009, the iPhone continues to beef up its credibility as a business tool with a growing collection of business focused apps.

Unless, however, you are using your iPhone or are connected to one of the phone manufacturers' online app stores, it’s a bit of a slog to research available apps. Our thanks then to James Charles at TimesOnline, who got us thinking about this topic with a listing of the 25 best financial iPhone apps.

Starting with his suggestions, we’ve popped in a few other apps we’re aware of for iPhone and other smartphones. It’s by no means an exhaustive list - but with your help we can get there…

If you’re a software developer who has something to offer mobile users, please alert us to your product using the comment button below. And if you use a particular app, please tell us what it does, what you think of it, how much it costs and where to find it.

As we gather more information, we’ll update this article into a more comprehensive listing.

Bank and mortgage apps

  • MoBank (free)
  • iBank (£2.99)
  • NatWest Money Manager (free)
  • Mini Mortgage Manager (59p)

Personal finances and budgeting

  • Cha Ching (£1.79)
  • Spend (59p)
  • Pennies (£1.79)
  • PayPal (Free)

Accounting apps

Tax apps

  • Contractor, Freelancer, Small Business Tax Calculator (free - by SJD Accountancy)
  • nxTax UK income tax and Self Assessment
  • UK Tax Calculator (59p)
  • UK 2009 PAYE Tax Calculator (59p)
  • VAT Mate UK Tax Calculator (59p)

Business intelligence apps

  • SAP Business Objects Explorer for iPhone (Free)

CRM apps

Mobile databases

  • Bento (£2.99)
  • Timewerks (£5.99) - time tracking & invoicing

Project management & time-keeping

  • Proj Timer (59p)

Bills and expenses tracking

Price information

  • Petrol Prices (£2.99)
  • 0870 (free) - alternative numbers
  • RedLaser (£1.19)
  • Twenga  (tech goods)

Financial news and share information

  • Bloomberg (free)
  • Shareprice (free)
  • Charts Live (£1.19)
  • Currency (free)

Also see
Planet of the Apps: Introductory tools from BlackBerry App World
Accounting software moves onto iPhones and BlackBerrys

Replies (3)

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By Zeeshan
14th Jan 2010 13:55

Stating the obvious

A life long friend of accountants.  Most valued application on my mobile phone for me is the calculator.

Eighteenth century man,
Zeeshan Bawany,   Smartfield Accountants


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John Stokdyk, AccountingWEB head of insight
By John Stokdyk
20th Jan 2010 11:44

SJD's tax calculator

A colleague pointed me to SJD's Contractor, Freelancer, Small Business Tax Calculator which is available for free from the iTunes apps store. It helps users track their montly contract rate, invoiced amounts, monthly take home amounts and percentages of tax due.

We'll be following up with SJD to find out more about it, but if you're aware of any other useful apps for the iPhone or any other model, to let us know here and we'll add them to the directory.

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By Derek_McCann
12th Oct 2010 23:09

iPhone App for Flat Rate VAT Scheme

Hi John,

I've just published an iPhone App which is a comprehensive calculator for the HMRC Flat Rate VAT Scheme. It supports all the features of the scheme and provides a 3 year illustration of the VAT due under in the Flat Rate Scheme compared to normal VAT accounting for an individual business.

More detail is available on my website: or on the UK App Store:

I would appreciate any comments or feedback you have.




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