Something completely different: 30 online invoicing apps for small businesses

March 3, 2010  |  Electronic Invoicing, Publications

30apps 230x200 Something completely different: 30 online invoicing apps for small businessesThe development of e-invoicing is progressing much faster that must of us think. Maventa and the recent launch of  Tradeshift show us the power combination of social networks and Internet. And what to expect from Iphone apps that allows an SME’s to invest in an e-invoicing app for as little as € 0,79.  Let’s take a look at a list of  30 online invoicing apps for small businesses. This item one was originally created by Small Biz Trends so all the credits goes to them.

Important: the apps have a slight foucs on North American SME’s. But still: very interesting.

“AcceptPay is a new electronic invoicing service from American Express. It offers a free option for one user called AcceptPay Lite that allows you to email 10 invoices per month and maintain an unlimited number of customers in your account. The full version AcceptPay is $20/month and integrates with QuickBooks, accepts online payments, ACH, and eChecks.  I was impressed to see American Express entering this marketplace and putting some of their muscle into an online invoicing and billing solution. (Note: American Express is a sponsor of this site.)

Ballpark is an online invoicing service that believes the key component of any customer relationship revolves around communication. So, their dashboard tracks the back and forth dialogue between you, your customer, and your team. They offer a free personal plan and the small biz plans start at $6/month.

BambooInvoice is a free open source invoicing software for small business and independent contractor types. You load it on your own servers; it is not hosted like most of the others listed here. It offers a good online support forum as well.  This is the only open source application I’ve seen in this space and it is one to watch for that reason.

BillingBoss is a completely free online invoicing tool aimed at both freelancers and small business. It is owned and sponsored by Sage Software (owner of SageCRM, Peachtree and many other apps) and is both an outreach by them to serve the small biz owner and a very soft plug for their other products (which doesn’t diminish its functionality and value, in my book).  A really cool thing is you can use your existing merchant account with their Payment Plus option for $5/month. Again, the main invoicing tool is free.

Billbooks.com is said to be the most economical online billing software to ease out painful tasks. Their invoicing software is perfectly suited for Small businesses and Freelancers who send very few invoices a month. You will love your role as an invoice creator because Billbooks makes it incredibly simple for you to add your customers, send them estimates/invoices and get paid instantly.

BillingOrchard offers a highly recommended Auto-Invoicing feature that customers often talk about, so their solution is ideal for those with recurring billing needs. They offer a 15-day free trial and then a lite version at $9.95/month and $14.95 for standard. When you use the auto-invoice features, there is an additional cost per month, by number of transactions.

Blinksale targets small businesses and creative professionals who want to send well-formatted invoices easily. Their lowest price plan starts at $6 for 6 invoices a month, but you can have as many customers in the system as you want. It offers a free 30 day trial and integrates with Basecamp (the well known project management service).

CannyBill is a web-based billing and invoicing solution aimed at web designers or professionals, although it certainly has the features that most small business owners will want. It offers a fully functional free account with up to 10 invoices per month. Pricing ranges up to $48/month at the enterprise level.

Cashboard is a free financial time tracking service that lets you invoice, send estimates and accept payments online. They were quick to create desktop widgets for Mac and Windows as well as the iPhone so that you are not tied to a browser to manage your information. I found their pricing options just a bit confusing because most of the others listed here offer unlimited usage when you buy the paid version. With their “Dynamic” $10/month plan, you pay a bit extra for usage by employee and invoices. They offer a free for life plan, too.

CurdBee is online billing software for small business and freelancers. It offers a robust free level with unlimited invoicing and customers.  It allows you to accept Paypal and Google Checkout, too.  However, the free level invoices include a Curdbee logo, which seems fairly low key.  Curdbee Premium level is only $5 a month and lets you remove the Curdbee logo from emails and invoices.  The development team clearly thought about the customer with a demo that lets you take an in-depth look at the online invoicing service without even a trial. I give them a thumbs up for making it painless to learn more and for keeping it fast to make a decision.

Endeve positions itself as an invoice management service. It offers a forever free plan with an unlimited number of invoices and customers. The Professional Plan is $20/month and allows you to create Pay Now buttons with Paypal, customize your invoice layouts, and manage your expenses.

Enliven Software is for the larger small businesses out there. It is integrated with Microsoft Dynamics GP, Peachtree, and QuickBooks and automates accounts receivable and accounts payable processes for vendors and for customers. There was no pricing information available.

Freelance Total is online invoicing meets project management. Their web-based software allows you to take a client-centric approach to invoices as you manage the project. Plans start at $4.95 a month. It doesn’t say how long a free trial is, but it doesn’t collect billing information at signup.

Freshbooks is considered by many to be the market leader in Web-based online invoicing. It offers the standard features you’d expect, plus time tracking and the ability to manage subcontractors who are also working on your project. They integrate with other accounting and project management systems such as QuickBooks and Basecamp. They offer a fully free plan (some limitations) up to $149/month.  I have personally used Freshbooks and have found their service was elegant and easy to use. They have thought (for a long time) about their customers’ needs.

Invoice Journal is completely free. It doesn’t offer any pricing info and suggests it will be free forever.

The Invoice Machine is an elegant application. You can do all the standard online invoicing functions, but in the tour, I was impressed with the flexibility. You can add line items in your invoice manually or from the project time tracking tool with a few clicks. You can create an HTML email invoice or attach one as a PDF. They offer an always free plan up to $48/month.

InvoiceMore is an online billing and invoicing solution for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and businesses. It offers multiple features so that you can create, download, store, backup, print, and email PDF invoices to clients. You can track overdue balances. They offer a free plan all the way up to $99/month.

InvoicePlace is an easy online invoicing service. One of the things that caught my eye was the simple offer of showing a completed sample invoice, in what looks like a Microsoft Word document.  The tour explains the many features well. Free plan up to $20/month.

Invoicera offers invoices, estimates, and client reporting that you can use to track by specific product or service. You can add team members to a client and track their invoicing as well. Free plans, up to $149/month.

Invoices Made Easy offers an online invoicing service exclusively for small service-oriented trades.  From landscapers to consultants, they offer the standard online invoicing options, but they also have an “EasyMail” service which will send your invoice via postal mail. Free 30 day trial, then $9.95/month.

Invotrak is both an online invoicing and timesheet tracker. They offer good reporting tools as well as iPhone and iPod Touch apps. They have a limited Free plan up to an Unlimited plan at $45/month. It integrates with Basecamp.

LiteAccounting offers four simple plans from free up to $18/month. The dashboard shows three boxes front and center to keep you focused: Products/Services, Customers, and Invoices. They have a nice demo which answers most questions so you can decide without all the signup hassles.

Nett30 provides an online service for small businesses and contractors who need to make invoicing quick and user friendly. You can view real-time account summaries at any time. Send invoices as PDF, e-mail or have clients access them online. They have four plans: All unlimited. Free includes 5 clients up to Business Pro for $ 39 per month.

PaySimple is another market leader and focused on recurring online payments, including invoicing. They come at online payments with a Merchant Account background, so their service is oriented at credit card payments, ACH, eChecks, and online payment forms. They have a free setup (usually $129) and $34.95/month, then transaction fees. If you need the combination of merchant account and all the other pieces that you’ve read about here, they are worth a look.

Ronin is simple online invoicing product for freelancers all the way up to larger small businesses. Clients can log in to get their invoices or you can email them. You can try it out free without any worries of a time limit, but the free version is branded as powered by Ronin. After Free, plans range from $15/month up to $48/month.

SantexQ is a project management and time tracking tool that also lets you bill clients directly from the service. It offers web-based reporting, but also lets you export to Excel for customizing reports as you like. For a single user it is free, but limited, then only $9.95 per month for unlimited users.

Sbzone.com is a comprehensive online application suite combining sales, customer management, and accounting functions in one place. It offers a 30 day free trial and two plans: Limited Free plan and a $39.99/month.

Simplybill offers a clean interface and design to make the online invoicing process easy. The dashboard offers three tabs: Invoices, Quotes, and Clients. They offer the ability to keep in contact with your customers via reminders and thank you notes. There is the standard 30-day free trial, then $5/month up to $25/month. They have received excellent reviews and are worth a look.

Simplifythis is more than an online invoicing application. It starts with helping you book your appointments online and ties that data into the billing tool. It offers two services that start at $9/month: EasyBill and EasyBook. No credit card required for free 30 day trial. What I liked most about this service was that they have captured the attention of busy small biz owners who know something about technology or were not at all computer-savvy and still love the service. They have done of good job of making it useful for a range of skillsets and that’s not easy to do.

Simply Invoices follows their own name in concept for explaining what they do; they keep it simple. You can wrap your head around how they do things with a five step screenshot tour they offer, on one page. They offer a completely free plan up to $25/month.

Winkbill offers a robust online invoicing app at the free level all the way up to their platinum plan for $39.95/month. You can put your own logo on invoices with the free plan, but you can’t send them as a PDF. Loads of eye-catching templates you can use, too.”

From:  http://smallbiztrends.com/2010/01/30-online-invoicing-apps-for-small-businesses.html


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19 Comments


  1. Add Time59 (http://www.time59.com) to the list. It runs in Mobile Safari and the Android Browser. It has Trust Accounting for lawyers too.

  2. It’s also worth considering complete packages such as Moobiz http://www.moobiz.com that provide a project management, cost proposal, invoicing, accounting workflow.

    You just get more done for a similar monthly fee!

  3. Big thumbs up for CurdBee!

    Those guys really rock, when it comes to invoicing.

  4. I am a CurdBee fan too :) No-nonsense invoicing at no cost!

  5. Thanks for listing Invoiceplace !

  6. Thanks Admin for listing Invoicera in this article.

  7. Also take a look at Intervals. It is a web-based project management app that has invoicing functionality built into its time and task tracking features. It’s a great app for those who want to manage projects, track time, and invoice clients with one app.

  8. I have been using Invoicera for sometime now and their new version release is simply awesome. Great new features and amazing UI.

    Cheers!

  9. Thanks for sharing…….Its really good useful info….

  10. Here is a new one that can be added to the list.
    http://www.ofuz.com/

    “The open source small business platform, simple to use, open and collaborative”

  11. Thanks for sharing.

    Do you mean that tradeship is a launch from maventa?

    regards
    joorgen

  12. Busy Bee Invoicing

    If you want something that runs on your computer, Mac, P.C. & Linux

    It’s only $25.00! Receive all future software updates free! No monthly fees!

    http://bee-software.net/invoice-software/

  13. Great list!

    Here is another one can be added to the list.

    Start Online Invoicing

    It is very minimalistic but offers three important services in one place:
    Online invoicing, Cash flow and Recurring Billing.

    Thank you for your consideration.
    Peter

  14. Thanks for the share of these apps. Sometimes small business owners forget that they can or don’t realise that they can use in built templates within excel, word or free openoffice from http://www.openoffice.org and then email pdf version to customer

  15. Invoicing is such a basic function and it shouldn’t cost much. I would like to let readers know that there are more affordable and easy to use options available. Readers should also try several products before selecting the one that suits their requirements. Not all products have same features and navigation flow. Also, Time based billing software and pure invoicing software (in which you can’t track time and expenses ) are two different types of products. If you are an attorney, accountant, or other professional that use time based billing, you should use a product that offers time/expense tracking and invoicing based on the time tracking data.

    Readers may review CaseFox.com. CaseFox is a Web-based Time and Invoicing Software for tracking of your billable/non-billable hours and expenses, Trust Accountinbg, create client invoices, record payments, tracking case notes, managing case documents, monitoring unbilled hours, unbilled invoices and many other tasks. Multi-user role based access to cases. Special contract attorney access to your account.

  16. one more provider i think, it should be in this list: http://www.seasoo.net .

  17. Thanks for such an extensive list of small business accounting tools.

    To add to your list, there is a new provider of simple accounting for small business owners. Billy’s Billing (http://billysbilling.com) is all about easy numbers. The creator of the software is a serial entrepreneur himself, so he knows which numbers are really important.

    Billy’s Billing gives those numbers and nothing extra or complex. No stress. No long nights. No headaches.

    Interested parties can sign up now for a free 30-day trial of BB. Those who sign up will be given VIP access to the software when it launches – before it is released to the public. I hope this helps a startup team, freelancer and/or small biz owner out there! :)

  18. Hi!

    Thanks for that great post!

    I’m Pol, a FacturaDirecta team member. FacturaDirecta is a tool for invoice and manage expenses. Please take a look to our site:

    http://www.facturadirecta.com/

    Myabe it can be de number 31! ;D

    Thanks!

  19. Hello, thanks for sharing this list! But I miss my new favorite system http://1clickbusiness.com.

    It is new online business management software with lots of advantages. They can handle your invoices easily and you can create professional proposals with their creator. Great stuff! Anyway, you can check your company performance with their useful tools. You can try it for free, especially great for small or medium companies. Check it now, if You have free time!

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