- Desktop pc with Quickbooks installed
- Laptop pc with Quickbooks installed
- Dropbox account with Quickbooks data files for easy syncing between pcs
- Toggl installed on Smartphone to track billable time
- Astrid installed on Smartphone for project management
- Online Asana account for complicated project management
- Online Hootsuite account for social media management
- Hootsuite installed on Smartphone for social media management on the go
- Square installed on smartphone and iPad for mobile payments
That’s pretty much it, there are a few other little tools I use but these are the biggies. Basically what I do is use Toggl to track billable time and then manually import that into Quickbooks on one of my PC’s. I then use Quickbooks to generate and track invoices and estimates. I stuff all of this in my Dropbox account so I can access it anywhere.
I then use Asana and Astrid to manage my projects and to do lists. Hootsuite is invaluable in managing my Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Mobile Only Setup
So how would I convert to a mobile only setup? I’m actually not that far away. I already use Square for payments and Hootsuite let’s me manage my social networks on the go. Asana is written in HTML5 and looks great on a smartphone or tablet so that is dealt with.
So as I look at this, Quickbooks is the big weight around my neck. How can I get the same functionality on my mobile device that I get with Quickbooks (without paying a monthly fee)? That’s the rub. Now there are mobile apps out there that say they can do this but I have yet to try one. I recently ran across one named MobileBiz Pro which looks like it would let me get rid of Quickbooks and for the reasonable price of $22.00.
So it all comes down to finding an application which can do what Quickbooks does for me. I may try MobileBiz Pro in the next few weeks and see if I can ween myself off of Quickbooks. I will post a review once I have tried it out.
Any thoughts on how I could achieve this in a different way?