Today is the perfect time to get work done remotely. There’s nothing better than actually putting that 4-hour workweek philosophy to some good use and living your life on your terms. That’s what technology has to offer and every single person in the business and administration field should be taking advantage of it.
The only thing that people tend to be tethered to in terms of the office desk, is accounting reports. Maybe it’s the nature of the job itself. Maybe it’s because having the chain of command in mediating proximity is always better when hitting bumps in the reports. Regardless, accounting and account reviews shouldn’t be tethered to the cubicle. Wherever you may be, there are programs and apps that can get you the information that you need at record quality and in real-time.
How To Access Reports Abroad
The first thing you need to take into account while looking for an access point for your accounting reports is usability. When you’re going around the world, you may not have the room or access to have a home setup with you.
Even with a laptop, you’re not given the assurance that there will be an adequate spot where you can sit and review your business using whatever program your company uses. Depending on where in the world you are, your files could be just out of reach.
You need a solid means to do your accounting while traveling abroad and/or working from home. VPNs are great and were designed and used specifically for this purpose. Countries around the world have found ways to block VPNs and their use. The perfect way to circumvent that is through a dedicated app and website that you can access anywhere at any time.
Why Mobile Matters
Mobility in the business sphere requires mobile apps. That’s the future!
The format of mobile accounting apps are so much easier and less of a hassle to work with. When people design apps, what they do is study the intuitive user experience for every task. With that in mind, most apps—even accounting apps, are extremely easy to use.
You can access your accounting reports, review and even save them, and from the same device call whoever you need to call on the other end of your employee chain. This one-stop-shop approach to money matters is what allows for managers and business owners to travel around the world and stay on top of their tasks.
As a business person, when you use a mobile app to access your account and even generate reports, you quickly realize how much you can save by just relying on that. The job that the app does, by making everything easy and understandable, is an entire department in and of itself.
By being in another country and maybe even living there, you can significantly lessen your cost of living while simultaneously lowering your overhead while at the same time. Think of the costs that you accrue by using big and clunky software that’s supposed to be system wide. Sure, some of the big players use those, but this is the 21st century. It’s a matter of adaptation and implementation. In those terms, the old programs are just outdated.
Criteria For Selection
With all the great things surrounding accounting apps, you should really judge it based on some solid criteria. Does the app integrate with your old software? Can it read an array of files from different formats? Is there communication across platforms in terms of being able to send and receive invoices?
These are the major questions that you have to judge an app by, not just by its convenience. There’s nothing worse than being across the world on a trip and having someone send you an important document, only to find out that the program that you’re using does not have the capability to open it.
We’ve all been there. Then you have to find a computer cafe, you forgot your charging cable in the hotel, you need to find an internet resource to unzip the file, etc. It’s a nightmare for everyone involved, especially when there’s a time crunch.
The freedom to be around the world is a luxury that is afforded to us because of technology. While we have the energy to do so, we should travel the world. Sure we’ve got those two weeks we can spend trying to rush a trip and spend the rest of the year pining for those next two weeks. Or, we can take your operation out of the office and hit two birds with one stone. It’s a win-win.