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Are you living the freelance lifestyle? Or the my-company-reimburses-me-for-mileage lifestyle? Whatever the case, you know what a hassle it can be to track your trips, expenses and the like.
It's also essential. Because when it comes time to pay taxes and/or get reimbursed, you need detailed, IRS- and accounting-friendly reports.
In the old days, that meant keeping paper logs of odometer readings and shoeboxes of receipts, then manually transcribing all that stuff. Blech. There has to be a better way.
There is: Use an app like Everlance. It automatically detects when you're driving, automatically classifies trips, connects with your bank (!) for effortless expense-tracking and generates ready-to-reconcile reports. In short, it makes expense- and mileage-tracking ridiculously simple. I'm a user and a fan.
A subscription normally runs $60 annually, but for a limited time, BBH readers can score a one-year Everlance Premium subscription for $36 when you apply promo code 40 at checkout. That's a tax-deductible expense, by the way.
Let me pause to note that there's a pretty feature-rich free version, one that might prove sufficient if you don't drive a ton for work. It will automatically track up to 30 trips per month and let you manually record expenses.
But Premium affords unlimited tracking, advanced PDF reporting, and higher-tier tech support. Better still, it offers the aforementioned bank and credit-card integration, so classifying business-related stuff is as simple as swiping each auto-populated transaction left or right. Everlance is also directly compatible with H&R Block, should that be your tax-filing service of choice.
Coming soon: a web-based dashboard that will, among other things, let you manually edit GPS maps of your trips.
My $.02: This is so worth $36 -- and still worth it at $60 for each subsequent year. Whether you're a business owner, an independent contractor, a real-estate agent, a photographer, or some other kind of entrepreneur, Everlance solves two of your biggest hassles: mileage tracking and expense tracking.
I find it indispensable. Your mileage may vary. (See what I did there?)
The code is good only through Feb. 1, 2018, so grab this deal while you can!