It can sometimes be a struggle in this world to, you know, get paid. This is made harder when your billing system is a mess, never knowing what should go where and to who. As anyone with a successful business knows, moving away from the paper realm to Web-based technology can be a major boon to your organization and productivity. Well here are fifty of the best and brightest online invoicing tools available. They are grouped into three of the major groups that need online invoices: Small businesses, freelancers and web designers. Enjoy!
AcceptPay is from credit card company American Express. It’s often a pay service but does offer a free option with AcceptPay Lite. This allows you to email 10 invoices per month and maintain an unlimited number of customers in your account. The full version is $20/month. It may be worth it as it integrates with QuickBooks, accepts online payments, ACH, and eChecks.
Ballpark is an online invoicing service that focuses on communication. Their dashboard tracks the back and forth conversation between you, your customer, and your team. They offer a free personal plan and the small business plans start at $6/month. Not bad a deal.
BambooInvoice is free and open source The two magic words. You load it on your own servers. It doesn’t offer it’s own hosting capabilities which can be a drag but hey it’s free. It offers a good online support forum as well. This is the only open source application of it’s kind.
BillingBoss is a service that if useful for both small businesses and freelancers. A really cool thing you can do with this software is you can use your existing merchant account with their Payment Plus option for $5/month. The main invoicing tool is free.
BillingOrchard offers an amazing Auto-Invoicing feature that is all the rage in the online invoicing world. It’s free to try for 15 days and then the lite version is $9.95/month. When you use the auto-invoice features, there is an additional cost per month, by number of transactions.
Blinksale targets small businesses and creative professionals who want to send well-formatted invoices with no sweat off their backs. Their lowest price plan starts at $6 for 6 invoices a month, but you can have as many customers in the system as you want. It also integrates with Basecamp.
CannyBill is a web-based billing service that could work for small businesses or web deisgners. It offers a fully functional free account with up to 10 invoices per month. Pricing ranges up to $48/month at the enterprise level.
Cashboard is all free and lets you invoice, send estimates and accept payments online. The service also offers desktop widgets for Mac and Windows as well as as an iPhone app. There are a number of payment plans and a free lite option.
CurdBee has a free unlimited version. It even allows you to accept Paypal and Google Checkout. However, the free version puts a logo stamp on everything. Curdbee Premium level is only $5 a month and lets you remove the Curdbee logo from emails and invoices.
Endeve offers an eternally free plan with an unlimited number of invoices and customers. The Professional Plan is $20/month and allows you to create Pay Now buttons with Paypal, customize your invoice layouts, and manage your expenses.
Enliven Software is well suited for small or medium sized businesses. It is integrated with Microsoft Dynamics GP, Peachtree, and QuickBooks and automates accounts receivable and accounts payable processes for vendors and for customers.
Freelance Total is actually aimed at small businesses, despite the name. Their web-based software allows you to take a client-centric approach to invoices as you manage the project. Plans start at $4.95 a month. They do, however, offer a free trial.
Freshbooks is more or less the market leader in this kind of thing. It has all the bells and whistles, like time tracking and the ability to manage subcontractors who are also working on your project. They integrate with other accounting and project management systems such as QuickBooks and Basecamp. They offer a fully free plan with limitations to plans that go all the way up to $149/month.
Invoice Journal is completely free. It doesn’t offer any pricing info and suggests it will be free forever. Not the most featured of the bunch but serviceable.
The Invoice Machine is a flexible program. You can add line items in your invoice manually or from the project time tracking tool with a few clicks. You can create an HTML email invoice or attach one as a PDF. The plans range from free to $48/month.
InvoiceMore is an online billing and invoicing solution for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and businesses. It offers multiple features so that you can create, download, store, backup, print, and email PDF invoices to clients. You can also track overdue balances. They offer a free plan and plans up to $95/month.
InvoicePlace is a free service that offers payable options to the tune of $20/month. Check out the tour as it explains the suite’s many features.
Invoicera offers invoices, estimates, and client reporting that you can use to track by specific product or service. You can add team members to a client and track their invoicing as well. Plans go from free to $149/month.
Invoices Made Easy offers an online invoicing service exclusively for small service-oriented trades. From landscapers to consultants, they offer the standard online invoicing options, but they also have an “EasyMail” service which will send your invoice via postal mail. Free 30 day trial, then $9.95/month.
Invotrak is both an online invoicing and timesheet tracker. They offer good reporting tools as well as iPhone and iPod Touch apps. They have a limited Free plan up to an Unlimited plan at $45/month. It integrates with Basecamp. Fully featured.
LiteAccounting offers four simple plans from free up to $18/month. The dashboard showcases three main options: Products/Services, Customers, and Invoices. They have a nice demo which answers most questions so you can decide without all the hassles of a sign-up.
Nett30 provides an online service for small businesses and contractors who need to make invoicing quick and user friendly. You can view real-time account summaries at any time. Send invoices as PDF, e-mail or have clients access them online. They have four varying price and service plans.
PaySimple comes at online payments with a Merchant Account background. Their service is oriented at credit card payments, ACH, eChecks, and online payment forms. They have a free setup (usually $129) and $34.95/month, then transaction fees.
Ronin is perfect for large or small businesses. Clients can log in to get their invoices or you can email them. You can try it out free without any worries of a time limit, but the free version is branded as powered by Ronin. After Free, plans range from $15/month up to $48/month.
SantexQ is a project management and time tracking tool that also lets you bill clients directly from the service. It offers web-based reporting, but also lets you export to Excel for customizing reports as you like. For a single user it is free, but limited, then only $9.95 per month for unlimited users.
Sbzone.com is a comprehensive online application suite combining sales, customer management, and accounting functions in one place. It offers a 30 day free trial and two plans: Limited Free plan and a $39.99/month.
Simplybill offers a clean and fully functional timesheet program. The dashboard offers three tabs: Invoices, Quotes, and Clients. They offer the ability to keep in contact with your customers via reminders and thank you notes. There is the standard 30-day free trial, then $5/month up to $25/month.
Simplifythis offers two services that start at $9/month: EasyBill and EasyBook. There’s no credit card required to start the free trial so why not give it a shot?
Simply Invoices keeps it simple(Like the name.) Check out the tour on their website. They offer a completely free plan and a paid $25/month plan.
Winkbill offers a robust online invoicing app at the free level all the way up to their platinum plan for $39.95/month. You can put your own logo on invoices with the free plan, but you can’t send them as a PDF. They also offer gads of templates.
Moobiz is a great suite of software with features that handle accounting, invoicing, CRM, Ecommerce, project management, website management and Email marketing. Work from anywhere, online.
InvoiceMore is an online billing and invoicing service developed for freelancers. It provides a simple web interface for creating and sending invoices to clients and recording payments for them. You can email and generate PDF invoices, print and snail mail them, and just keep track of your clients and their payments in an easy and organized way. Not bad, guys.
Bill4Time is a web based time management and time billing software for lawyers, accountants, consultants, and other time billing freelance workers.
Zoho is an easy-to-use online invoicing program that helps you send invoices for your projects and customer expenses, receive payments and track the overall health of your freelance accounts.
BillMyClients is the perfect piece of billing software for freelancers that have a lot on their plate. Simple and easy to use.
LessAccounting is a piece of invoicing software that was developed using the Ruby On Rails platform. Again, perfect for freelance workers.
INTUIT is fast, easy and free. It allows you to create customized and professional invoices and also to send them by email. Save time by tracking overdue payments and invoice status. The all-in-one resource.
Sendinvoice does what the title purports it to do. It sends invoices to clients you are working with. The format is easy-to-read and easy to return with payment.
Invoice Journal is a web application that handles the creation and dispersal of business invoices. It is primarily for freelancers looking to get paid.
Paper Free Billing is an easy to use, safe and convenient way to send and manage your online invoices. This is a great solution for graphic artists, photographers or anyone that bills their clients directly.
Siwapp is an open source web application meant to help manage & create invoices in a simple, straightforward way.
Kashflow is another easy-to-use invoicing program aimed at freelancers.
Working Point is aimed at both freelancers and small business owners, but freelancers seem to get more use out of the product.
SideJob Track lets you quickly and easily manage your side jobs with simple, straightforward project tools. Side Job Track’s flexible data entry lets you to decide how to best fit your specific needs.
WORKetc offers a wide range of functions, including contact management, calendars, email marketing, project management, and of course invoice management. There is even a 14 day guarantee since web designers are so indecisive and all.
Time59 is designed for independent web designers. It can handle time and expense tracking as well as invoicing and payments. The price is only $49.95 per year and there is a risk-free 30 day trial.
Invoice2Go provides over 300 professional invoice templates to choose from. You can also send the invoices and track payments, with a free trial that lasts for thirty full days. Sort of like Netflix!
Veetro is a great little software suite aimed toward web designer. Draft invoices, send them out and keep track of payments.
Invoice2go is the perfect tool for creating invoices, purchase orders, quotes and all types of business documents. Invoice2go is the fast and easy way to invoice, estimate, bill, collect and report.There are over 300 Templates to choose from.