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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!


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.

Let’s take a look. (more…)

Billing by the hour for services rendered is fast becoming the norm. It’s just not freelancers who use time trackers to bill their client on an hourly basis. After the financial downturn, companies large and small are forced by clients to opt for hourly billing instead of monthly retainers or a lump sum project fee.

When businesses start using a certain type of app, a handful of features and a gorgeous user interface won’t just cut it. Advanced functionalities, integration with third party apps and a sensible workflow to get things done quickly become the norm. When I came across Time Panel, I noticed that it doesn’t have as eye-catching an interface as its competitors.

So, let’s see if Time Panel scores in the other key areas to make up for it.


Invoicing has always been stiff and serious business for me, but this wasn’t the case when I dipped my hands into this new invoicing web app called MakeSomeTime. Made with love from Sydney, Australia, MakeSomeTime focuses on easy and simple time tracking and project management while giving users the chance to issue eye-catching invoices to clients.

Let’s take a look and see if it’s the time tracking and invoicing app we’ve all been looking for.


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.


Creating invoices is something every working professional has to do in order to get paid from their clients. Some prefer to use Microsoft Excel to create invoices while some people prefer to use online services or software. The problem with creating invoices in Excel is that one has to create a template first and then fill it with the required information. However, this may not be the most convenient method and may take some time to create.

One reason why I prefer online tools to create invoices is that you can easily manage and view all the invoices in few simple clicks and you can connect your PayPal or any other supported payment method with the service. This helps users find out how many invoices have been paid and so on.

At Web.AppStorm, we have shared some very useful invoicing apps, free and paid, that can help users create invoices. Today, we present to you another handy invoicing app that does not only allows users to create invoices and estimated but also allow them to manage their expenses from the same dashboard. The app is known as Scoreboard.


Invoicing, time tracking, and project/task management: the three app categories that seem to dominate the world of web apps. It’s incredible how many apps are trying to target this same space, and after a while it feels a bit repetitive. There’s only a few apps that feel really innovative. Mostly, you end up wishing that the best features of all of them could be combined into one great app, while you keep using the one you started with just because you’ve already invested time and money in it.

There’s a newish invoicing and time tracking app, though, that’s unique and innovative enough that you owe it to yourself to try it: Paydirt. It’s been on our radar since mid-2012, and has gotten better with time, enough that it’s the time-tracking app you should try if you don’t have one already. Keep reading to see why.


Running a small business is no small feat, and it helps to have the right tools handy to help keep things running smoothly, whether it’s internal communication, managing projects, or staying on top of finances. There are scores of apps out there to tackle these challenges, but wouldn’t it be nice to have everything in one place, so you don’t have to scurry from one tab to another to get things done?

Cashboard might be the answer you’ve been looking for — it packs a ton of functionality into a single app so you can do all of the above with ease, while allowing your employees to access and share data and giving you an overview of how your company is doing. Let’s take a look at what it has to offer and whether it’s the right fit for your outfit.


Our sponsor this week is ProfitBooks, the online accounting and payroll management app that will help you manage your office finances in a smarter way!

ProfitBooks includes everything you’ll need to efficiently manage your business accounting online. You can manage your employee’s info and your business inventory, making it easy to keep up with your payroll and equipment. If you need to invoice clients, ProfitBooks makes it easy to create customized invoices for your clients and track your revenue. ProfitBooks lets you keep track of all of your banking info, and with the smart reports, you can drill deeper into your company’s financial health. Best of all, the smart reports can be exported in Excel or PDF formats, so you can save them and view them anytime.

ProfitBooks can also help you keep track of your team’s work, with an included task management system, document storage, and integrated search to help you quickly find what you’re looking for. It just might be the app your business has been needing to keep track of everything about your company’s financials online.

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