Accountants and bookkeepers must adapt to a mobile-first world
July 21, 2016

Today, all professionals operate in a world that is largely dependent on mobile. For instance, doctors now use mobile devices to facilitate appointments and retailers use tablets to improve the in-store experience. As more industries integrate mobile into their operations, accountants and bookkeepers must also adopt strategies and practices that rely on these devices.

The rise of mobile in the U.S.
In 2016, the importance of mobile is no longer in question. The reality is that mobile devices are integral to the everyday lives of their users as well as the businesses that leverage this technology. In fact, comScore shared data that revealed 198.5 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months leading up to January 2016. Moreover, eMarketer predicts there will be 210.5 million U.S. mobile Internet users in 2016, up 8.6 percent from 2015.

Mobile devices have certainly transformed the lives of individuals. Additionally, this technology has had a major impact on businesses. According to data from Manta, 80.5 percent of U.S. small-business owners used their mobile devices for business purposes once per day or more. For businesses, mobile technology plays an important role in banking, scheduling, managing expenses and participating in social media.

An opportunity for accountants and bookkeepers
On the one hand, accountants and bookkeepers need to adapt to the mobile-first world in order to accommodate their mobile-first clients. In this light, going mobile isn't really optional. On the other, accountants and bookkeepers can experience major benefits by leveraging these devices to make their jobs easier and more efficient.

As Accounting Web pointed out, accountants and bookkeepers who use mobile as part of their business strategy achieve two key outcomes: constant connection to their office and information no matter where they happen to be, and better, real-time service for clients. By having access to client data on-the-go and empowering those clients through cloud-based mobile technology and solutions, accountants and bookkeepers can also avoid time-consuming office visits and other tedious tasks that take time away from providing longer-term business strategy.

In a mobile-first world, businesses are going to partner with accountants and bookkeepers who have achieved a high level of tech-savviness. Integrating mobile enhances efficiency, service and competitiveness.

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