Whether you're traveling for business, charity work, or pleasure, it can be helpful to track your mileage, especially once tax season rolls around. If you are like us, your iPhone is always with you and can be a great tool for keeping mileage records. This guide will help you decide which mileage app will occupy your home screen.
For mileage loggers who don't want to spend a dime
MileIQ is the gold standard when it comes to tracking mileage. This app comes equipped with all of the bells and whistles, such as smart-drive technology which automatically logs your drive and calculates that drive's value. Classify all of your trips easily and then save your drive data in the cloud to access it on a different device if needed. You can even export your data for filing purposes. MileIQ allows you to track 40 drives free of charge each month, but if you need to track more, subscription services are available.
Why we love it
We can't argue with free, and that's exactly what MileIQ is if you stay under 40 trips a month. That's enough for casual use like weekly volunteering and most of your commutes. We also love that it works in the background and provides both distance and value for each trip based on current IRS rates. It's not that we aren't good at math, but that doesn't mean we always want to do it.
For people who want a hassle-free option for tedious paperwork
Everlance knows that meticulously tracking your mileage for work, volunteering, or just fun (if that's a thing) can be a drag. You could spend more time looking at your odometer than your speedometer, and that's kind of dangerous. But the calculator works in the background -- without killing our battery -- to log your trips automatically and without bringing spreadsheets or mileage logs into the proceedings. And if you're a power user, it also has features to help you find further business deductions and hopefully make tax time as painless as possible.
Why we love it
We used to keep a physical mileage log in our glove box to track our business travel. It was a huge pain, and we spent all the time we were filling it out (and making guesses for trips that we'd forgotten to jot down) wishing for technology to improve on this stupid process. Everlance not only makes it easier; it makes it automatic. And we can't argue with that.
Intuit's QuickBooks is the go-to suite of apps and programs for independent contractors, freelancers, and other self-employed workers who might also be stuck doing all of their own accounting. This app provides powerful calculators, expense trackers, and, yes, mileage logs to take the pain out of your paperwork throughout the year. It's there so you can concentrate on working and less on administration.
Why we love it
When you're a freelancer, you get paid to work. You don't have any money waiting in filling out spreadsheets and collecting and logging receipts -- unless you're a freelance accountant, which we assume is actually a thing. And we really appreciate the extra assistance when we're filling out our tax returns, which are like the Super Bowl of paperwork, only less exciting in almost every way.