Why You Should Use A Mileage Tracking App


Own a business or drive your car for business? This is the one app you need to be using: Why You Should Use A Mileage Tracking App

This post is sponsored by Mile IQ, but all opinions are my own.

Own a business or drive your car for business? This is the one app you need to be using: Why You Should Use A Mileage Tracking App

 

It’s timely that I am talking to you guys today about mileage, using an automatic mileage tracking app, and the importance of tracking your miles with tax season just getting started.

I’m self-employed, and I’m beginning to take deep breaths around this time of the year.

Why?

Because I have to wade through a ton of receipts and papers to document for my tax return.

Every year, I promise myself, “Next year Tat, we’re going to get this together!”

And every year (going into my third year self-employed), I am facing this dilemma. When I first started blogging (I also own a frugal/deal blog), I was running to several stores looking for deals and blogging about those deals. I can’t even tell you HOW many miles I racked up on my Sorento. Thank goodness for good gas mileage. AND thank goodness my stores were all within a few miles of each other.

However, when I sat down to do my taxes, it took forever. I had to go back through each month putting numbers together and trying to remember all of my trips. It’s always a nightmare, and I feel I could be putting my time to better use.

And trust me, I’ve tried to write them down in a little notebook, and even kept track of my gas and mileage with other apps, but I would forget to log the numbers in each time. 

{dramatic pause}

Then I discovered the MileIQ app. Initially, I read about this app several months ago through another blogger, Thrift Diving. I made a mental note to check it out.

Best App To Use To Track Mileage

Fast forward to today.

With the thoughts of working on tax returns soon, I decided this year was going to be the year of really being on-point with everything! Including my business, so I downloaded the app. {be sure to allow the app access to your location}

Why You Should Use A Mileage Tracking App

Come to find out, this app is exactly what I need! As a Mom and business woman, I am constantly on the go. During the school/football seasons, I live in my car. Between school, practices, doctor’s appointments, errands and business errands, I can quickly rack up a ton of miles. That being said, it’s challenging trying to decipher which miles are personal, and which miles are for business. With the MileIQ app, I can easily track these miles.

Why You Should Use A Mileage Tracking App

You swipe to the left when you want to categorize your miles for personal reasons. And then swipe to the right when you want to put the miles in the business category (to the left, to the left).

So, I get in the car and start driving to the store to get the necessary supplies for an upcoming blog post. I have to run to Meijer. They didn’t have what I needed, so I had to make a trip to Target, then JoAnn’s and Kroger. With each trip, it automatically detected when the car was moving, so I didn’t have to worry about logging my miles. -Talk about making my trips smarter! #MakeTripsSmarter

After each mile related to business, it tells me how much money I have logged. This is the potential tax deduction I will receive on my tax return for accurately documenting my mileage.

The husband creates delicious recipes and beautiful cocktails on the blog, which requires several trips to the store. I’m not sure if you guys know this, but men don’t always plan well. When this happens, we are flying back and forth to the store to get the missing ingredients. With all of those trips, who would remember to document every single mile? But those miles add up, and its money I’m leaving on the table if I am not recording them correctly.

Own a business or drive your car for business? This is the one app you need to be using: Why You Should Use A Mileage Tracking App

Thank goodness, I can now call MileIQ a necessity to my business! 

Here are the main reasons why I like MileIQ, and how it can benefit YOU.

  1. It works without you remembering to use it. With the automatic drive detection, it captures every mile you drive. The app will run in the background. They sold me with THIS option! Remember, I mentioned with other apps I had to log every single mile, which I forgot to do? This reason alone is enough to say yes, sign me up for a MileIQ account!
  2. You can easily take the guess-work out of which miles are personal or for business (especially if you’re using your vehicle).
  3. Tax Deduction. On our taxes, we can claim the Home office deduction and the Mileage deduction. This helps offset any taxes I may owe. Every cent counts and should be tracked! MileIQ adheres to the IRS rules and regulations each tax year (present rate: 2016 mileage rate).
  4. Cost. The first 40 drives are free. You pay $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year. And I am listing a coupon code to help you save 20%. And this cost is usually tax-deductible as a business expense as well and quickly pays for itself! Double bonus!
  5. Easy to use. You can quickly send the mileage logs to your email or your accountant’s email. Now, how easy and convenient is that??

Why You Should Use A Mileage Tracking App

Even if you are not self-employed, you still need to try out this app. Do you run an Etsy, eBay or other type of Internet business where you’re running to the post office to drop off orders or grab supplies? Do you bake cakes out of your home and sell them? Do you freelance? If you are using your vehicle for work, you need to keep track of your mileage. Unless you enjoy spending time remembering to write it all down with the old-fashioned pen and paper , you have nothing to lose by trying out MileIQ! In fact, you can get 40 drives for FREE. If you want to upgrade and get the unlimited version, it’s just $5.99 per month (or $59.99 per year). However, use coupon code –SMARTTRIPS20 to save 20% OFF! 

Best App To Use To Track Mileage

You can head over to their website to find more information about MileIQ.

You can also download the app in Itunes or Google Play. If you opt to upgrade, be sure to follow these instructions to use code –SMARTTRIPS20 to save 20% OFF! 

I am a big fan of apps and using technology to make my life easier. When I initially heard of this app, I didn’t put much thought into the value and how it would save me time and money. However, after taking the time to use the MileIQ app, I am keeping it and will upgrade to an unlimited plan. I will quickly blow through 40 drives with all of the running around we do for the blogs and the boys.

What are your thoughts on this app? Have you heard of it before? Do run your own business? Get more information about MileIQ, and come back and leave me your feedback! What are some ways you organize your mileage? Leave me a comment below, I would love to hear from you!

If you're a blogger or business owner, this is one app you need for your business!

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38 Comments

  1. January 28, 2016
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    I love this app! Several months ago I found myself with my spreadsheet open and receipts scattered all over my desk, and wouldn’t you know I wasted a good hour or more trying to figure out where I had driven to! I decided I wouldn’t do that anymore. I like that MileIQ helps me do it automatically and I can email reports to myself!!

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    February 2, 2016
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    We use an app to track our steps when we go to Disney. It’s cool to see how many miles we walk in a day there.

  3. February 2, 2016
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    We really need to get this app for my hubby.
    We are self employed and this would be a more accurate way to track our mileage and get the best bang for our buck!

  4. February 2, 2016
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    Mileage tracker seems like a great app to keep track of your yearly mileage. This would be a lifesaver at tax time (right now)!

  5. February 2, 2016
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    That is a great idea! My hubby drives for work a lot and I would love to get some of that money back!

  6. February 2, 2016
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    Ah, you’re so right. I probably waste a lot of gas going from store to store without a plan. This sounds like an awesome app.

  7. February 2, 2016
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    Interesting app and idea. It sounds very helpful for tax time for those running a small business.

  8. February 2, 2016
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    Great tip! I never realized how much I drove for work until I tracked my mileage. It is so important to track it for the potential tax deduction.

    • February 9, 2016
      Reply

      It’s definitely a good idea to start going for those deductions. They can make a big difference!

  9. February 2, 2016
    Reply

    The MileIQ app looks like a very useful application. I also want to know my car’s mileage and fuel efficiency.

  10. February 3, 2016
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    This is interesting. It’s good to know that there is now an app for this. I will check this out.

  11. victoria
    February 3, 2016
    Reply

    That is a great app. My hubby was always driving out. I can track him now

  12. February 3, 2016
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    I’ve been looking for a good mile tracking app rather than pen and paper. I’ll check this out!

  13. This is definitely a great tool to have if you are self employed! It’s amazing what technology has come with! A far cry from writing down the odometer at the beginning and end of each trip!

  14. February 3, 2016
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    Love that app! Perfect for people that do a lot of business travel and want to keep track of their mileage for their taxes. We do very little travel for our business right now, but I would definitely use that if and when we start doing more.

  15. February 3, 2016
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    I would recommend this to my husband who drives everyday going to work. This app would sure save time during tax season.

  16. February 3, 2016
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    I have to keep up with everything for my small business as well and it can definitely be a pain if I don’t log as I go. This app is going to make tracking mileage a breeze for me!

  17. February 3, 2016
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    Great app to have! Tax season is approaching fast and we are all just about to go crazy with filing our forms. I this a mileage tracking app would be great to have this year, so we can go through tax season easily next year! Thanks for sharing this.

  18. February 3, 2016
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    This looks so helpful! I really need to use this app to help me keep better track of things.

  19. I don’t drive so I am not familiar with most of the driving apps but I can certainly how this would come in handy for my fellow entrepreneurs who do drive,

  20. February 9, 2016
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    I’m downloading this now–I always forget to write it down!

  21. Luckily I only have to travel once a month for work so the mileage is pretty easy to track, but a couple years ago I def. could’ve used this app! I will certainly share this with my traveling friends.

  22. February 9, 2016
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    We need to track our mileage. We drive so much for work. It would definitely be a great tax deduction.

  23. Elizabeth O.
    February 10, 2016
    Reply

    What an awesome productivity app. It would sure help with all the things you need to keep track of. Thanks for sharing!

  24. February 10, 2016
    Reply

    I am going to download this app now! How amazing – I need this!

  25. Carmela Mempin
    February 10, 2016
    Reply

    I’m going to download this awesome app. 🙂 These is very useful to many. Thank you for sharing

  26. February 10, 2016
    Reply

    Good thing you discovered this app! Now it makes a lot easier for you 🙂

  27. Ron Leyba
    February 10, 2016
    Reply

    What a great app to have. Will download and install this one soon.

  28. February 10, 2016
    Reply

    This sounds like a great app to have! Thank you for the post!

  29. February 10, 2016
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    Sounds like a great app to have especially traveling for business. Great at helping me track milage sounds like a plan.

  30. This sounds awesome! I total my miles based on my receipts, but this sounds like such a much better way to do it.

  31. February 11, 2016
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    That sounds like a great app! I hadn’t thought about using a mileage tracking app. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Rosey
    February 11, 2016
    Reply

    I can see myself forgetting to log miles too. This sounds great!

  33. February 11, 2016
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    I think it is great to have one such tracking app, so you know the mileage you use on your trips & for a month or so. I would love to try it out as we travel a lot all through the year.

  34. February 11, 2016
    Reply

    I just downloaded it and can’t wait to start using it. This will help me so much.Thanks!

    • February 12, 2016
      Reply

      Awesome! Let me know how you like it!

  35. Melissa Bernardo
    February 11, 2016
    Reply

    I have never thought to use a mileage tracker app. For someone who does mystery shopping, this would come in handy.

  36. MileIQ seems like a great app to track mileage because it makes it easier! Will recommend this to friends.

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