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7 Hot Web-Based Billing and Invoicing Apps

Once you’ve done the deal, it’s important to follow through properly with an invoice. However, this is easier said than done when you have multiple invoices and clients to issue and deal with each month. Efficient invoicing is often neglected by business owners and missed invoices or invoices that aren’t accurate can lead to delays and headaches further down the line.

Fortunately there’s now lots of web-based invoicing software out there that takes the pain out of billing clients without the need for a big finance department. We’ve picked 7 of the best apps for the web many of which offer a “freemium” model which mean free invoicing apps with some restrictions. Remember that if you need to invoice multiple clients frequently, you’ll almost certainly need a subscription to one of these services.


NutCache: Simple Free Invoicing That’s Almost Too Simple

It’s amazing to me that something as simple as invoicing is so time-consuming. What should take just a couple clicks here and there invariably takes four, five, sometimes six or more just to add a payee or edit working hours. I’ve resorted to creating every invoice of mine in Apple’s Pages app, which allows me to create invoices based off my standard template.

But there’s far more sophisticated software out there for invoicing and expenses that could help me keep track of my work much more easily, and I’m aware of that fact. Recently, I took Nutcache — a free web app for invoices and expenses — out for a spin to see if it would suit my needs. Read on for my detailed thoughts about the services.


Until I review CronSync over a year ago, I wasn’t sold on using an application to track work hours and manage invoicing. I was perfectly content with my pre-formatted invoice document which I’d print to PDF. Since then automating the process has taken off among freelancers, home businesses and even larger studios and companies. A quick search on the Freelance Switch forums will reveal lengthy discussions on the topic.

Ballpark, a similar app with more of a focus on billing, has recently given their service a facelift promising to make things much better. The last time Ballpark was discussed on Web AppStorm was 2009. Apart from the blue colour scheme, the app looks almost unrecognizable as the same app, with its fully redesigned interface that sets it apart from the crowd of competitors.

Their new version that just went live this week offers the user increased functionality, easier navigation and an updated feel for the app. My question is whether or not it’s a viable option for a freelancing business. Let’s take a look.

Our contest is now closed, and the winners are Carlo Laitano, Justin Roselt, and Nûmenor. Congrats! Thanks for commenting, and stay tuned for more giveaways in the future!

Whether you’re a freelance designer or a developer running a new startup, there’s one thing that’s always frustrating: billing. Sending out invoices and making sure their paid on time can be one of the more irritating tasks, especially when you’d rather be designing or coding an awesome new web app.

Blinksale is one of the most popular invoicing web apps. Unlike most invoicing apps, they only have one flat fee for unlimited invoices to unlimited clients. Then, with their new Blinkpay service, you can accept credit card payments directly without having to use PayPal or other payment systems. Just create your invoices, and Blinksale can take care of the rest.

We’ve reviewed Blinksale in the past, and had a chance to interview their team earlier this year. Now, we’ve got a special treat for our readers: 3 free Blinksale Unlimited subscriptions from the Blinksale team!

If you’d like to win one of the subscriptions, just follow @WebAppStorm and @Blinksale on Twitter, then tweet:

Enter to win a free @Blinksale Unlimited account from @WebAppStorm!

Or, simply click the button below to do it in two clicks:

Then, come back here, and leave a comment with a link to your Tweet. The contest will be open until midnight Friday CST, August 5th, 2011. Be sure to hurry and get your entry in, and you just might get to do your invoicing for free this year!

Please Note: Envato staff or people who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm are ineligible to enter.

Quick Look posts are paid submissions offering only a brief overview of an app. Vote in the polls below if you think this app is worth an in-depth AppStorm review!

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting WORKetc CRM + Projects + Billing. The developer describes WORKetc as more than just another boring old CRM. By combining CRM with projects, billing, documents, timesheets, product catalog and more, WORKetc can give a full 360 degree of your customers. What’s more, when your team has full access to a customer’s activity history they are infinitely more efficient. It’s perfect for technology firms, design studios and any business with 1 to 100 employees.

Read on for more information and screenshots!


Quick Look: cronsync
Quick Look posts are paid submissions offering only a brief overview of an app. Vote in the polls below if you think this app is worth an in-depth AppStorm review!

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting cronsync. The developer describes cronsync as a web based, transparent, inexpensive and easy to use time tracking solution. It simplifies and professionalizes billing and invoicing processes and shows you at a glance how profitable clients and projects are. It offers a very effective user and rights management for internal and external staff. And it allows flexible settings of internal and external hourly rates on client level.

Read on for more information and screenshots!


Would you like to streamline invoicing and billing in your company? Many invoicing webapps are designed for individuals and freelancers and work best for one-off invoicing. Today we’re going to look at a webapp to help manage billing for larger ventures with regular billing and multiple products and services.

Invoicera is a full featured invoicing webapp that includes a ton of features to help you manage invoicing and billing better. With support for multiple currencies, payment gateways, additional staff, saved products and services and more, you’ll have all the tools you need to invoice your clients and get paid. Let’s dig in and see what it has to offer.


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.


When you’re working in the wonderful world of freelance or do the majority of your business online, it’s safe to say that you’re going to have to send a lot of invoices. However, with the increasing rise in web apps, you can bet that there of plenty invoicing apps to choose one. Only problem is finding the right one that fits all of your needs.

Ronin is a promising contender in this field and the web app offers an array of features to make the lives of yourself and your clients that extra bit easier. Find out more after the fold.


Last week we took a look at some of the great improvements Blinksale has made to their already great invoicing app. This week, thanks to the generosity of the Blinksale team, we’re able to bring you a Blinksale giveaway.

Read on for more information and how to enter the giveaway.

Updated: Congrats to NickF, Francisco and Michael, our three lucky Blinksale giveaway winners. And a big thanks to Blinksale for making this great giveaway possible.


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