Why You Don’t Need An Accounting App When Responsive Web Design Exists

You may think accounting apps are the end-all be-all when it comes to doing your accounting on the go. Think again. There are other mobile accounting options—like software with a responsive design—that can help you streamline responsibilities when you’re out and about. But what is this “responsive design” I speak of, and what’re its benefits? 

4 Benefits Of Accounting Web Software With A Responsive Design

So, what is responsive design, anyway? A responsive design’s layout and content adapts based on the size of the screen the software is running on. With responsive design, you can easily access information and handle tasks on your mobile device. Regardless of if it’s a smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer, etc., a responsive design adapts to your device’s screen size.

My online accounting software and payroll company, Patriot Software, is all about designing mobile first and ensuring that it’s easy for customers to access their software on any device. All of our accounting and payroll software options use responsive design. That way, customers can access their accounting software anytime, anywhere, and enjoy an app-free experience.

Web applications with responsive design are chock-full of benefits for users, which is why we decided to go the responsive design route at Patriot Software. Check out some benefits of software with a responsive design below.

1. It Provides Quality User Experience

Picture this: You go to use your accounting software to get some of your tasks marked off your to-do list while you’re out shopping. Everything seems to be going fine … until it’s not. The navigation is clunky, and you can’t find where any of your reports are. 

Sound familiar? If so, you’ve fallen victim to poor user experience (UX). 

User experience is oh-so important when it comes to accounting software and responsive design. And without a good user experience, you’ll surely suffer the consequences (which probably includes a boatload of additional stress). 

When trying to do accounting on the go, some things you absolutely don’t want to have to deal with are confusing navigation, slow speed, and poor design. 

One perk of responsive design is quality user experience. Because responsive design is designed to be, well, responsive, it generally makes for a great experience for users. You typically don’t have to struggle with navigation problems or errors if you access your software with a responsive design on a mobile device. Instead, you can enjoy the same functionality as when you access your software “normally” (e.g., on a computer). 

Unlike with apps, responsive design software’s user experience is consistent throughout. Certain apps on varying devices can yield different—and sometimes poor—experiences. 

2. It Doesn’t Hog Storage On Mobile Devices

Show of hands: How many of you have gone to download another app to your device but couldn’t because your device’s storage was all used up? Or, maybe a similar scenario occurred when you were just trying to take a family photo … sigh. Even though I can’t physically see your hands, I know for a fact that something like this has happened to most of us.

There’s nothing worse than when apps and downloads take up much-needed storage on your device(s). But one thing responsive software design does not do is hog your precious storage space. Instead, it lets you save your space for more important things (like your priceless family photos). 

So if you like the sound of not having to stress over your accounting software taking up your device’s storage space, you’d be a huge fan of responsive design. 

3. It Has Automatic Updates

Depending on your device’s settings, you may need to make manual updates in order to get the latest updates on your apps. Manual updates can be time-consuming and just a straight pain in the rear. Not to mention, with manual app updates, there may be a delay in getting the latest updates for your software because the app store needs to approve the changes first. 

With a responsive design, you can say goodbye to manual updates for good. You don’t have to worry about not having the latest version of your software or taking the time out of your hectic schedule to do the updates yourself. And as you know, a little extra time (even if it’s just five minutes) goes a long way when you’re a busy business owner. 

Software with responsive design has automatic updates that are all handled on the back end. This means you don’t have to worry about doing the updates yourself—or wasting your device’s battery life to manually update the software. Fixes and features automatically show up in the software for you, and you can rest assured knowing that your software is all up-to-date. 

4. It Easily Adapts To Each Device

OK—so this last benefit is no secret. Heck, we talked about it a little bit already. But, it’s a huge perk of why responsive software design is so great … and, why it deserves to be talked about more.

As you know, responsive design adapts to each device. With responsive software, you see a similar style and layout on your device that you’re used to seeing when you normally access the software. 

Yes, adaptability is nice. But, here’s some even more good news: This adaptability becomes even more important when technology evolves in the future. A responsive design adapts to future devices, like new types of smartphones and other mobile devices. 

If you have software with a responsive design, you don’t have to worry about not being able to access it on a new device. Instead, the software automatically adjusts itself to suit each screen. 

The Bottom Line Of Responsive Design

Accounting software with a responsive design is a stellar alternative to the common accounting app. Let’s briefly recap a few advantages of responsive software design, shall we? Accounting software with responsive design:

  • Gives you access to your accounting software whenever you want
  • Lets you avoid taking up storage on your device
  • Automatically updates for you
  • Is mobile-friendly 
  • Adapts to fit the size of your screen on multiple devices

Consider checking out software that has a responsive design so you can take advantage of all of its perks. If you’re looking to get away from a problem-filled app, get a software that doesn’t require you to use one when you’re on the go.