North Van biz app creating bookkeeping buzz
For any small business owner or entrepreneur, bookkeeping tends to be the most joyless part of the job. But thanks to a North Shore accounting firm, now there’s an app for that.
LedgerDocs is the first mobile phone application from North Vancouver’s LedgersOnline and its purpose is to make sharing invoices, receipts and tax forms between accountants and their clients as easy as taking a cellphone photo and pressing Send.
And once submitted, those invoices are catalogued and stored on secure servers, ready to be conjured up from the cloud in real time, any time.
It’s a more fleshed out version of something the North Van bookkeeping business had been using in-house for a couple years — and referring to as “the portal” — before deciding to go public with it, said Wayne Zielke, LedgersOnline founder and CEO.
“We thought, you know, we could turn this into our own web app, so we branded it,” he told The Outlook in a phone interview Monday.
So far that branding has targeted other large bookkeeping and accounting firms, with nearly 1,000 subscribers to the service in less than a year. But now the company hopes to branch out to the little guy as an easy way to simplify their accounting practice in a secure, collaborative and handheld way.
A home builder, for instance, can use the app to easily scan receipts and track material deliveries to several ongoing project sites at once, all while instantly re-billing clients for work and materials with the click of a button. Then, at the end of a project or the end of the fiscal year, all the paperwork can by organized at your fingertips in any number of ways and shared with any number of people.
“It’s just a more collaborative approach to bookkeeping,” Zielke said.