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Accounting is a tricky, and often tedious, process. If you’re still spending your time wrangling with spreadsheets, using Word documents to knock up invoices, or scribbling your expenses down on scraps of paper then it’s high time you switched to an online accounting software.

There are dozens of subscription-based, cloud-based accounting applications out there that can improve the way you do your accounts. Sure, you have to pay to use these, but it’s usually worth it given the lightening of the load on your time and resources such an app leads to.

Many of the top online accounting software solutions even come with their own Google Chrome extensions, making it even easier to manage your accounts through your browser. Here we round up some of the best cloud accounting solutions, all of which have a free trial and a Google Chrome extension.


The cloud is now at the forefront of business computing, and the rise of the SaaS model is driving down the cost of business software. Gone are the days when companies used bulky proprietary software to handle their business. Online business apps are generally easier to set up and they store your data remotely, so can be accessed from anywhere. There are now online business apps for all areas of company management, including CRM, accounting, project management, and help desk.

The great thing about cloud apps is that they are tailor-made to cater businesses of any size, and can be scaled very easily. Some of the applications listed below feature freemium subscription model, so you only pay for the features you end up using.

We have curated some of the best online business apps out there and grouped them under relevant sub categories. Find out how these cloud applications can help boost your business!


Xero is powerful and good looking cloud-based accounting system that allows you to manage your business finances wherever you are. It can help you out with everything from invoicing clients to reconciling accounts, creating expense claims, and filing receipts digitally.

Apart from the web version, Xero has a very good app for iOS and Android that allows you to do all of this when you’re away from the office. 

Xero is really well designed with a stylish, clear interface that’s easy to use. It allows you to easily see 
all of your bank accounts, credit card and PayPal balances, outstanding invoices, expense claims, contacts and other essential info at a glance.


In business it is essential that we are constantly creating targets, goals and milestones in order to show progression and growth. However, tracking these goals can often be a struggle when everyday demands keep you on your feet. A solution to this is using dedicated applications to help set, track and ultimately achieve those business goals.

Here I pick out a selection of 15 of these fantastic applications, including cloud-based apps for CRM, productivity, and accounting. Read on to find out more about how they can benefit your business.

[Update] This post was originally published on February 4th 2011. It was updated on September 21st 2015 to include details of the very latest business apps.


Every service-related business – or freelancer – needs an invoicing tool to send invoices to their client. It should be simple to use yet produce professional enough invoices that will give a positive impression to your clients and hopefully make getting paid simpler.

If you search the internet, you will come across many invoicing tools with different pricing and features. Depending on your business size, you need to choose a service that suits your needs and can be easy on your pocket as well. It’s not so simple to find the perfect tool, so we have gathered a list of some of the best invoicing tools for your daily use.

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Managing money can be as difficult as earning it. Proverbs like “A dollar save is a dollar earned” are awfully nice to read and quote but can be tough to put into practice. Starting to track the money you spend is one of the simplest first steps one can take. Once you see how much is going where, you will automatically scramble to cut down wasteful expenses.

Since our generation is known for its acute ADD, noting down every expense on a notebook or an iPhone app won’t last more than a couple of days. In the aftermath of the personal finance revolution spearheaded by Mint, there are a ton of online apps to help you pinch personal & business pennies and after the jump we’ve a compiled a few for your financial well being.


Subscriptions and recurring payments are a low-cost way for you to accept credit card and bank account payments for website subscriptions, newsletter fees, club dues or recurring donations, and thanks to studious payment gateway providers and web 2.0 companies, it’s never been so easy to get such a system fully integrated with your website in just a few easy steps.

Recurring billing apps come in two flavors; simple, ready to go web apps and complex self-hosted apps. We’ve gathered 15 fantastic web apps to tackle your subscription billing needs.


It’s tax season again, at least in the States, and if you haven’t filed your taxes already then you probably will soon. Every year, more and more people file their taxes online. Not only are online tax applications making taxes easier than ever to file, they’re also making it easier than ever to ensure there are no mistakes—not to mention you’ll get your return much faster when filing online.

We’ve rounded up the top five web apps for filing taxes online and ensuring they’re being done right for an easier and more accurate return.


When you run your own business, there comes the moment where you have to decide who’s going to do the bookkeeping. There’s no choice about whether or not it needs to be done, only who is going to get it done.

For small shops and many freelancers, the choice they make is often to do it themselves. When keeping costs at a minimum is a necessity, hiring out even an inexpensive bookkeeper or accountant is simply often not an option. The good news is that with the rise in online banking, there are plenty of web-based options for business owners to choose from.