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.
Xero is an online accounting application that’s designed to offer a more efficient and enjoyable way for a small business to manage its accounts on a Mac.
The user-friendly dashboard of Xero transforms the resource draining and time-consuming tasks of transaction monitoring, bill paying, invoice issuing, purchase order creation and expenses management – to name a few – into enjoyable activities that support accountants in their daily tasks and free-up business owners to get more out of their limited time.
Xero offers a free Chrome extension that allows you to access your account at any time from your Chrome browser. Commenting on the official Chrome Web Store, user Jack Crane said Xero is “By far the
Price: From $29.99 per month (free trial available)
Zoho Books is another super simple accounting app. Zoho Books also benefits from integrating with Zoho’s other business apps, which are perhaps the most notable alternatives to Google Apps for Business. Zoho Books, together with the other apps in Zoho’s growing Web app ecosystem, can help you keep it simple at every stage of small business accounting.
There’s a Zoho Books Chrome extension, which puts all of the application’s features at your fingertips. Tools include the ability to send invoices, track bills, record bank account transactions, and generate profit and loss reports so you can accurately monitor your business’ performance.
Price: From $9 per month (free trial available)
KashFlow is a seriously powerful accounting app that is specifically aimed at UK small businesses. Some of KashFlow’s core features include quotes, invoicing, automatic bank feeds, online payments and automatic payment chasing, and dedicated UK-based support.
There’s a handy Google Chrome extension available, KashFlow Open in New Tab, which allows users to open KashFlow links in a new tab. Specifically, the functionality applies to: purchases, invoices, customers, and suppliers. Note that the extension is not affiliated with the vendor, KashFlow Software Ltd.
Price: From $5 per month (free trial available)
FreshBooks is a dream to use and is simple to understand, even if you haven’t used any accounting software before. FreshBooks’ colorful, no nonsense user interface allows you to create slick looking invoices, set up recurring invoices, and accept credit card payments on your site. FreshBooks also lets you store and manage expenses, track time, and access reports that make your billing history much easier to follow.
The FreshBooks Payment Notifications Chrome extension shows you which of your clients owes money and exactly how much. The free extension will even show you an alert the second you get paid.
Price: From $9.95 per month (free trial available)
Nutcache is a feature-rich project management and accounting application that many small business owners swear by. Nutcache supports multiple languages, and adds invoicing and time tracking functions to the expected array of accounting features.
Nutcache is free and simple, and its features compete admirably against the paid options on this list. The stylish user interface makes accounting tasks very simple to perform.
There’s an official Chrome extension for Nutcache which gives you quick and easy access to the invoicing and time tracking tools within the application.
Price: From $14 per month (free trial available)
Sage One is an accounting app that operates on a curious principle. Acknowledging that small business accounting is mostly a snore, a laborious residual of doing business, Sage One aims to put the dull aspects of being in business, accounting tasks, largely on autopilot.
The Sage One Chrome extension gives you quick access to the powerful online accounting features of the app, allowing you to create professional, personalized invoices, as well as submitting VAT returns and receiving payments.
Price: From $9 per month (30-day free trial available)
FreeAgent makes it easy to invoice customers, track expenses, manage projects, and even chase payments, all from one intuitive interface. FreeAgent offers excellent user support on demand, and the app backs up your data regularly so that you never have to worry about losing it.
The official FreeAgent extension for Google Chrome gives you fast access to the application’s features, including invoice creation, bank statement importing, expenses management, VAT filing, and the ability to send estimates and proposals.
Price: From $24 per month (free trial available)
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