Technology vastly simplifies keeping track of your finances, especially if you’re a small business owner. But sometimes you need those figures at your fingertips when you’re not in front of your computer. Now Intuit has made available a new web-based QuickBooks Online iPhone interface via its Intuit Labs site, so your financial information can go everywhere that your iPhone does.
QuickBooks Online for the iPhone gives you the ability to view all of your financial information from QuickBooks Online in the iPhone’s Safari web browser. QuickBooks Online is Intuit’s web-based service for tracking expenses, paying bills, and creating invoices. It lets you store information about your bank accounts, employee information, customers, vendors, and more.
With QuickBooks Online for iPhone, you can easily access and view all of your information, such as bank account balances, who owes you money, and whom you owe. A Profit & Loss section lets you view all your income and expenses for multiple time periods, such as the last month, quarter, year, or month-, quarter-, and year-to-date.
The web interface also integrates with several of the iPhone’s other applications, so you can, for example, tap on an address to have it open in the Maps application, or an email addresses to send a message, or a phone numbers to place a call.
As of the moment, you can’t edit any of your information via the iPhone interface and while Intuit says that such functionality is not currently planned, that could change based on user feedback.
One potential hiccup for Mac users is that QuickBooks Online requires a Windows-based machine running Internet Explorer, but an Intuit spokesperson assured me that the company is working on making the service Mac-friendly. In the meantime, the service is limited to those Mac users who also have PCs, or use Windows on solutions such as Boot Camp and virtualization products like Parallels Desktop and VMWare Fusion.
QuickBooks Online costs $9.95 per month, but the company also offers a free 30-day trial.