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.
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…)
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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It’s a new year, so why not start it out right with a great online account app for your business? You can get started with ProfitBooks for free, or try out any of their paid plans with a free trial. When you’re ready to upgrade to a paid account, it’ll cost as little as $4.98/month to get your business accounting and payroll managed with ProfitBooks.
Our sponsor this week is Paydirt Time Tracking and Invoicing. As a freelancer or small business owner, keeping track of your billable time and invoices can be a real time sink. It’s also costly to get wrong. Paydirt makes it stupidly easy stay on top of your invoices and get paid for the work you’ve done.
Paydirt’s time tracker is really easy to use – just click start on the job you’re working on. Your hourly rate is automatically applied, so when you’re on the clock you’re making money. And you’ll never forget to track your time with Paydirt: it automatically recognises web pages and emails that are related to your clients and reminds you to start a timer when you’re working for them. You’ll be billing more hours in no time!
Making and sending an invoice takes literally 60 seconds. Just choose who to bill and Paydirt will create a PDF invoice and let you email it to your client in one click. Your client can view the invoice online and pay it instantly by PayPal or Credit Card. Paydirt will even email you to let you know when a payment arrives (or the invoice falls overdue!).
Go Get It!
Want to log more billable hours and spend less time managing your invoices? Get started with a 14 day trial of Paydirt on any plan. Plus, until January 15th AppStorm readers can get 30% off the Hustler plan with the coupon code app-storm-2012! Just click this link to claim it!
Our contest is now closed, and Pascal Gärtner was our lucky winner of a free lifetime Ronin Solo account! Thanks to everyone that entered, and stay tuned for more exciting giveaways from AppStorm in the future!
Whether you’re starting a new consulting business or just decided to start doing freelance design work, one of the more important apps you’re going to need is an invoicing app. Ronin is a web app that’d be a great choice for your invoicing needs, letting you create estimates, track expenses, create customized invoices, and get paid through PayPal, all in one app.
Sounds great, right? Now, what if you could get all of that for free, for life? That’s exactly what one lucky reader will get in this AppStorm giveaway. The Ronin team has given us one lifetime Solo account to give to our readers. It’d usually cost $15 per month, but you can get it 100% free for life! This account will let you manage up to 30 clients with one staff user, and it will include SSL security, dedicated support, and an unbranded, customizable interface and invoice designs. Plus, if you win, and then later need to get more users or clients, you can upgrade to another Ronin account at an upgraded price.
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If you’d love to win a free lifetime Ronin Solo account, it’s easy to get your entry submitted. All you have to do is click the link below and send out the resulting tweet (or just copy and paste), then leave a comment below with a link to your tweet. That’s it!
We’ll announce the winners on Saturday, July 7th. Good luck to everyone who enters!
Envato staff or people who have written more than two articles or tutorials for AppStorm, or existing users of Ronin, however, are ineligible to enter.