When I went self-employed I was a little scared if I’m being truthful. It was an unopened door and one I didn’t know if when opened would work. There was a lot on the line, particularly as I was a single mum to a 4 month old baby girl. However, if I wanted to live a life where I didn’t miss my daughter growing up then this is what I had to do. I am NOT saying it was or even is easy now, but no matter how hard, tiring or stressful it is at points (and believe me it is all those and more) there is not a minute of regret for me because it has meant that I have never missed a day, a bedtime, a sick day or a special moment with my daughter and to me that is priceless. Of course I have also only had about 9 days off in the past 2 and a half years but hey, who’s counting?! Anyway, over the time I have been self-employed I have learnt a lot of things, including ways to save time and money because let’s face it, whether you’re self-employed or not you want to do that. However, when you’re solely responsible for what you bring home, it makes you count every bean and an unexpected help as been the MileIQ app which provides an easy way to track my travel….
There are lots of tools I knew I’d need when I became a professional blogger and freelancer, however tracking mileage never even entered my brain! In my first year of blogging I went to one big blogger event and several review days and do you know what? I didn’t once take note of the miles I was doing and petrol I was spending – how dumb is that?!
After the light bulb moment when completing my first tax return, I then used simple google maps to give me the route and miles done and then created a spread sheet and logged the miles there. To be honest it was a bit of a faff and I can honestly say I didn’t do it every time and that didn’t take into account any diversions due to problems on the road etc.
So, when MileIQ got in touch and suggested I try out their app I was keen for anything that was going to save me both time and money. They’re just launching in the UK after a successful and popular launch in the US. Take a look at this video to see what the app is all about…
Obviously this is the US version but you get the idea. To simply be able to put my phone in the holder I use when using maps and allow it to track my journeys is perfect. I think the swiping feature for personal and professional is genius as well so that I can make sure I’m not over or under doing my expenses.
So, what do you need to know? Well, it is available on both iPhone and android so everyone is able to get hold of it. It’s quick and easy to set up and I had no issues.
To get Unlimited Drives you do have to pay to use the app – so you can go for £4.99 a month or £44.99 for the year which obviously is also a business expense. However, as I do not drive that often for work I am able to use the free one which gives me up to 40 “drives” a month which is more than enough at the moment even on a busy month. However, when away on press trips for a week or more I’d potentially need the unlimited. However, I do think that it is good value for money.
What is also great is that MileIQ runs in the background and will automatically begin and end – no need to press start or stop. You simply have to state whether it’s business or pleasure. Drives will automatically appear a few minutes after arrival and are grouped into months. You can get a monthly and an annual report on all the drives you’ve done.
Having tested and used the app, I honestly can’t see any downsides at all and think it’s a valuable app for anyone who works on the move!
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