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Best Mileage and Expense Trackers for Freelancers 2023

Freelancers can deduct work-related miles on their taxes, but tracking them can be a headache. These apps help with mileage tracking and more. But will they save you enough to pay for themselves?




Best Mileage and Expense Trackers for Freelancers 2023

With the rise of rideshare and delivery apps, more and more people have freelance gigs that involve driving. Even freelancers whose primary job isn't as drivers often have work-related miles to deduct from their taxes. But tracking miles can be complicated. We tested 10 popular apps that track miles and offer additional accounting support for freelancers. 

Our favorite was Hurdlr, a low-cost and richly featured mileage and expense tracker for freelancers. Gridwise offered the best support for rideshare drivers. For a simple option, we liked MileIQ and found that Self-Employed had the most features. 

Table of Contents

  1. 1. Apps We Selected
  2. Our Pick Hurdlr: Mileage, Expense & Tax Hurdlr: Mileage, Expense & Tax Runner Up Gridwise: Gig-Driver Assistant Gridwise: Gig-Driver Assistant Also Groovy QuickBooks Self-Employed QuickBooks Self-Employed Also Groovy Mileage Tracker by MileIQ Mileage Tracker by MileIQ
  3. 2. Everything We Recommend
  4. 3. The 411 from our Appventurer
  5. 4. Other Apps Considered
Our Pick

Best Overall Tracker for Freelancers

  • Automatically tracks miles, business expenses, receipts and logs tax deductions.
    4.7 Ratings 27K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads
    Free Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


The best combo of full-featured and low-cost, Hurdlr is a mileage and expense tracker that helps freelancers effortlessly stay prepared for tax time.

Why we chose Hurdlr:

  • Free app with a premium upgrade for $60/year or $7.99/month
  • Premium features include auto-tracking, real-time tax calculations, the ability to set rules to categorize drives, and more. The upgrade is probably worth it for most users
  • Tracks expenses and income automatically or manually
  • Shows estimates for annual and quarterly taxes, so you always have a sense of where you stand
  • Well-designed app allows quick and easy access to all your information

While the free version lacks features, the Premium upgrade is a great value and will likely pay for itself.

Read Hurdlr's Full Review
Runner Up

Best for Rideshare Drivers

  • Track mileage & boost earnings for Lyft, Doordash, Uber Eats, & delivery drivers
    4.8 Ratings 23K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads
    Free Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


Rideshare and delivery drivers have different needs than other freelancers. Gridwise helps drivers earn more.

Why we chose Gridwise:

  • Free app for rideshare drivers with a premium upgrade for $9.99/month or $95.99/year
  • Keeps you updated on events that might people need rides from, so you can go to the area and earn more
  • Tells you how many flights are arriving at your nearest airports so you can decide whether or not it's worth going to the area
  • Compares earnings between platforms so you can see where you're earning the most
  • Generates reports for tax time so you know what you owe
  • While the upgrade has some useful features, the free version is probably robust enough for most drivers
Whether you're new to rideshare/delivery driving or a longtime driver looking for tools to boost your income, Gridwise can help you make the most of your driving time. 
Read Gridwise's Full Review
Also Groovy

Best All-in-one App for Freelancers

  • Track mileage & expenses. Syncs with TurboTax Self-Employed.
    4.4 Ratings 114K+ Reviews 5M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


This feature-rich app offers multiple tracking, accounting, and tax tools all in one place.

Why we chose QuickBooks:

  • $14.99 per month, or $24.99 per month with TurboTax bundle. (Check out our coupon for 50% off first three months)
  • While Self-Employed has a higher price tag than some other apps, but the app offers many of the accounting tools freelancers need in one place, so the convenience may be worth it for many users
  • A full-featured accounting app for self-employed people. Has invoicing, expense and income tracking, and tax support as well as mileage tracking
  • Auto-tracking worked smoothly and accurately during the testing period

For freelancers with smaller businesses, this app may be the only accounting app you need.

Read QuickBooks's Full Review
Also Groovy

Best Simple Mileage Tracker

  • Automatic Mileage Tracking. Never Forget Another Drive!
    4.5 Ratings 118K+ Reviews 1M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


If you want to track your miles and don't need expense tracking or other services, MileIQ is the tracker for you.

Why we chose MileIQ:

  • 40 free drives a month, upgrade to premium for unlimited drives for $59.99 annually or $5.99 monthly
  • The premium price is comparable to apps that include more features (expense tracking etc.), but if you are tracking 40 or fewer drives per month, this is a great free option
  • Easy to classify drives, just swipe to categorize as business or personal
  • Monthly and yearly reports make tax time easy
You'll probably want to stay on the free side of freemium on this one, but if the free version meets your needs, MileIQ is a great value.

Read MileIQ's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick
    Are you self-employed, an independent contractor or agent? Do you freelance, have a gig, or drive for Uber or Lyft? Save thousands of dollars on your 2019 taxes with Hurdlr’s business expenses and mileage tracker. Plus, easily capture receipts and create expense reports.

    Hurdlr connects with thousands of leading banks as well as Uber, FreshBooks, Square, Stripe, and Paypal to import your income and expenses automatically for easy income tax calculations.

    You’re one step away from throwing away your shoebox of receipts and mileage logs.

    Hurdlr's free version offers more than mileage-only alternative apps by including expense, income tax, and semi-automatic mileage tracking. Our premium version has more robust automation features and is half the price of alternative self-employed accounting apps.

    Hurdlr also has a detailed business tax tracker for 2020 quarterly tax accounting.

    ⇢ Independent Contractors
    ⇢ Uber & Lyft Drivers
    ⇢ Freelancers
    ⇢ Small Business Owners
    ⇢ Self-Employed Entrepreneurs
    ⇢ Postmates Couriers
    ⇢ Airbnb Hosts
    ⇢ Real Estate Agents

    Hurdlr’s IRS mileage tracking helps 1099’s claim maximum tax deductions. Let Hurdlr track mileage for work, and deduct 58 cents for every mile you drive. Perfect for Uber drivers, Lyft drivers, and other mobile independent contractors.

    Connect with over 9,500 banks to auto-track business expenses and identify valuable 1099 tax deductions for independent contractors and small business owners.

    Export detailed expense reports with receipts and send them to any email address or to your tax preparer.

    See your complete state, federal, and self employed business tax calculator breakdown. Hurdlr provides real-time year end and quarterly tax estimates for independent contractors at the tap of a button. Watch as your business expenses and IRS mileage tax deductions lower your 1099 taxes saving you thousands of dollars.

    Hurdlr connects with Uber, Square, FreshBooks, Stripe, Paypal and thousands of banks to notify you when you get paid as an Uber driver, Lyft driver, freelancer, Realtor, Postmates courier, Airbnb host, or any other independent contractor so you know how much money you’re making. Hurdlr is a receipt tracker, business tax calculator and small business mileage tracker in one simple app.

    Because you’re on the road a lot, we’ve designed Hurdlr to work without draining your battery, even with heavy usage.

    Our team of experienced entrepreneurs worked closely with users like you to build the ideal business expense, income tax and IRS mileage log, so you can focus on doing the work you love.

    We strive to provide the best customer support, answering all of your questions 1-on-1. Talk to us live, directly from within Hurdlr.

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    • $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year (Save 16%).
    • Premium Features:
    • Auto-Mileage Tracking
    • Auto-Expense Tracking
    • Auto-Income Tracking
    • Real-Time Tax Calculations
    • Speed Tagging
    • Work Hours
    • BONUS: Hurdlr Premium can be deducted as a business expense when you file taxes.

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    In-App Purchases
    $5.99 - $99.99 per item
    $9.99 - $99.99 per item
  • Runner Up
    Designed for drivers, shoppers, and dashers, the Gridwise app will help you boost your driver earnings across all rideshare and delivery services (Uber, Lyft, Via, Uber Eats, Postmates, DoorDash, Instacart, Grubhub, Gopuff, Getir, Gorillas, JOKR, Amazon Flex, Alto, Spark Driver, HopSkipDrive, Curb, ARRO, and more). Gridwise is the leading business app for helping rideshare and delivery drivers maximize and track earnings, expenses, profitability, and mileage.

    Are you hitting your driving goals? See how your performance is trending over time and compare against other drivers in your area or nationwide.

    Learn insights about your driving activity across multiple services to give you more insight into how you are performing.

    Discover what times and places drivers in your city are making the most money so you can adjust your strategy to maximize your earnings.

    Save $1,000s on your taxes with mileage and expense tracking. Maximize your tax deductions and stay on top of your rideshare and delivery business by tracking your mileage, earnings, and expenses. Other trackers on the market like MileIQ, Hurdlr, Everlance, Stoovo, Mystro, Rydar, Sherpashare, and Stride don’t track performance metrics such as earnings per hour, trips per hour, and earnings per trip across all gig services.

    Save $50/month on gas when you upgrade to Gridwise Plus!

    Automatically track all your trips across all gig platforms in one place.

    Link your rideshare and delivery accounts to automatically track your earnings and understand which services are making you the most money.

    Drive strategically using our event calendar and airport demand graph to plan your upcoming hours and days.

    Record and track all of your rideshare and delivery expenses directly in the Gridwise app to understand your net income.

    Get insider driving tips and strategy guides to help you drive smarter and earn more.

    Mileage and Expense Tracker: Log your rideshare and delivery activities with Gridwise to keep your earnings, expenses, and mileage in one place. Get an estimate of your tax deduction, and export detailed mileage reports.

    Driver Insights: See the hotspot areas near you and know the best times to drive to make the most out of your shift.

    Compare Rideshare & Delivery Earnings: Find out which services are making you the most money and see how you stack up against other drivers in your city.

    Airport Demand: See how many passengers are arriving or departing throughout the day.

    Events: See everything that's happening in your city for the next seven days. Save and filter the ones that are important to you and receive alerts when money-making events are letting out.

    Discover Earnings Opportunities: Take advantage of exclusive earnings opportunities that the Gridwise team has curated to help drivers earn more.

    Gridwise Plus
    Get even more out of Gridwise with Gridwise Plus. Gridwise Plus is available for $9.99/month or $95.99/year. Your payment will be charged to your Google Play account at the time of purchase, or at the end of your free trial. Your subscription will automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours prior to the end of the current subscription period. You can manage your subscriptions and turn off auto-renewal at any time through the Play Store. Please see our terms of service and privacy policy for more information.

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    Gridwise is not a financial advisor. All information provided by the app is for informational purposes only. Please seek advice from qualified tax professionals.
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $95.99 per item
    $9.99 - $95.99 per item
  • Also Groovy
    Are you self-employed, a freelancer or an independent contractor? Organize your finances with QuickBooks Self-Employed and let us help you find your tax deductions & maximize tax returns in time for tax season!.Put more money in your pocket with this convenient mile tracker, expense tracker and tax deductions estimator.

    QuickBooks Self-Employed users have found billions in potential tax deductions by using the automatic mileage tracker,  organizing business expenses by category and attaching receipts to the correct transactions. 

    Track Mileage Automatically!
    • Mileage tracking automatically works using your phone’s GPS, without draining your phone’s battery.
    • Trip mileage is saved and categorized to maximize mileage tax deductions.

    Scan Receipts
    • The receipt scanner extracts important transaction information and automatically matches to a business expense so you're always ready for tax time. 
    • Store a digital copy of your receipt in the cloud

    Expense Tracker to Organize Business Expenses
    • Self -employed, freelancer or small business owner – manage business finances easily and keep up to date so you do not miss out on any tax deductions.
    • Import business expenses directly from your bank account.

    Stay Prepared For Tax Time
    • We take care of your bookkeeping so you can avoid year-end surprises
    • Easily organize income and business expenses for instant tax filing
    • Directly export Schedule C income and expenses.
    • Instantly export your financial data to TurboTax Self-Employed by upgrading to the Tax bundle*.

    *Users will receive one state and one federal tax return filing.

    Purchased TurboTax Self-Employed? Activate QuickBooks Self-Employed today at no extra cost

    Already have QuickBooks Self-Employed on the web? The mobile app is FREE with your subscription, and data syncs automatically across devices. Just download, sign in, and go!

    Price, availability and features may vary by location. Subscriptions will be charged to your credit card through your account. Your subscription will automatically renew unless canceled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. Manage your subscriptions in Account Settings after purchase. QuickBooks Self-Employed is from Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, QuickBooks, and Mint.

    To learn how Intuit protects your privacy, please visit
    *Based on QuickBooks Self-Employed users who have identified less than $100k in deductions
    *Based on TY15 subscribers that have identified >$0 in business expenses and of those users that have >$0 in tax savings

    *Getting paid 2X faster based on U.S. customers using QuickBooks Online invoice tracking & payment features from August 2016 to July 2017
    In-App Purchases
    $2.49 - $159.99 per item
    $4.99 - $24.99 per item
    Do you drive a personal car for work or need to track the miles you drive? MileIQ automatically tracks your drives and has logged more than 80B+ miles - that’s more than $10B reimbursed from the #1 trusted mileage tracking app.

    Features At-a-Glance:

    📋 Generate a mileage report for the IRS, your accountant, or for work.
    🚗 Record your drives automatically - no more starting and stopping.
    👉 Classify your drives with a swipe! Right for business and left for personal drives.
    🎯 Smart drive detection groups round-trip drives and auto-classifies frequent trips.

    Track Business Miles & Drives:

    MileIQ automatically tracks your drives in the background. MileIQ means you won’t have to manually log your miles or even manually start and stop recording. MileIQ creates a compliant mileage log for you.

    Replace Your Paper Mileage Log:

    Say goodbye to the messy paperwork! The MileIQ business mileage tracker frees you from the pain of manually tracking your miles for taxes or reimbursement. MileIQ is a mileage tracking app that will automatically log and track miles, and calculate the value of your drives for taxes or reimbursements.

    Prepare for Taxes:

    Our mileage tracker helps you easily organize your drives for your business expenses and tax refunds. MileIQ sorts your drives, keeping business miles separate from personal ones, which makes it simple to have a mileage log that will be accepted by the IRS or your business.

    Track miles and quickly get the reports you need to maximize your tax deductions and reimbursements without the administrative struggles. MileIQ is trusted by millions of users for billions of drives!

    Start Driving Now:

    Track your drives and log miles easily with MileIQ. Test it out for free and download your IRS friendly mileage log as a premium member.
    In-App Purchases
    $5.99 - $59.99 per item
    $5.99 - $59.99 per item
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The 411 from our Appventurer

Caroline Rothnie
Written by:

Caroline Rothnie

Hard as I try to keep a minimalist phone, I can't stop downloading more apps. In addition to my can't-live-without apps for organization, music and podcasts, fitness, and meditation, I'm constantly trying out new ones. So I love apps, but it's a complicated relationship -- some of my favorites are for keeping me off my phone/internet.

In second grade, I attempted to do a book report on a story I had written myself, so you could say I've always thought of myself as a writer. These days, I write a wide variety of web content with a focus on mental health and productivity. I also write personal essays. I live in Kansas with my husband and two dogs. 

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