I stumbled upon a great little iPhone App that makes tracking your mileage easy. If you need to track your miles for tax purposes or even to bill a client, MileBug will probably do the job. There is a paid and free version available. The free version works great. You can only track up to ten logged items at once. However, all you need to do is email the 10 items to yourself, delete them off your device and start over to keep the free version useful!
Several cool features I really like about MileBug:
- The ability to have several Businesses and Breakdowns. In other words, you can name your company and the purpose of the visits such as “Estimates,” “Project Management” “Warranty Work.”
- Multiple Vehicles: If your car is in the shop and you have to use a personal vehicle or rental, you can add that to the program.
- Types and Rates: You can receive tax deductions for charitable work and medical needs. So, if you are running to the hospital, click on “medical” within the program to track your miles!
- Emailed Reports: The reports function is the real winner. They are easy to read and VERY well organized. All you do is select the “range” of dates and click “email.” It is that simple. This way, if you have an estimator using his own vehicle, he can use MileBug to track his estimate calls, follow ups, etc. and email you a report right from his device, assuming he has an iPhone! If only RIM would be more proactive on making useful business applications for the Blackberry!
Finally, one of the drawbacks is using the Odometer feature only. You have to discipline yourself to remember to track your mileage in the proper order. Therefore, if you logged in a trip on Wednesday and forgot about your Monday trip login, it will mess up the Odometer. It would be really nice if it had a feature for just typing in the mileage manual. In the past, I just typed in the Directions in Google Map, the Route I would take and write in the total 2-way mileage. So that is the only major drawback.
Try out the free version. If it is as cool as I described, by the unlimited version for $3.99.