Looking for the best iPhone apps for managing your invoices? Whether you're a contractor or freelancer, one of the most important aspects of running a successful business is invoicing clients on time. Unfortunately, it's something that sometimes is easier said than done. It doesn't help that traditional invoice software can be cumbersome and difficult to use, and who wants to deal with that on a regular basis? Luckily the App Store is full of awesome apps that make the process a lot less painful. But which invoicing apps for iPhone deserve the title of best?
Invoice by Wave
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Invoice by Wave is a free to use invoice app that lets you send unlimited invoices to clients and track your business performance. Since Wave specializes in providing services for small business owners, many of Wave's other products and services tie right into Invoice by Wave such as accepting credit cards in many countries. If you only want to invoice, you can do it for free with no strings attached. As for interface and design, it doesn't really get much better than Invoice by Wave.
If you want an easy to use invoicing solution for your small business with no strings attached, give Invoice by Wave some serious consideration.
- Free - Download Now
Hours may technically be a time tracking app but it also does a great job with invoicing. If you're self employed and live and die by tracking your time in order to translate it into billable hours, Hours is a unique and convenient way to do it. The time tracking portion of Hours works as a series of timers. You can then see a well laid out overview of your day and where you spent your time. You can then send professionally looking invoices to your clients right from the app.
If you're self employed and want an elegant time tracking and invoicing solution wrapped into one, look no further than hours.
- $4.99 - Download Now
Invoice2go and Invoice2go Plus
Invoice2go is a complete invoicing solution that ties in with many other apps such as Calendar2go, Maps2go, Receipts2go, and more. Like Zoho, setup is easy and there are lots of templates to choose from. You can add custom rates and taxes as well. One thing Invoice2go does that some invoice apps don't is parts and labor. If you need to separate them out for tax purposes, this is something Invoice2go does well. It's worth noting that Invoice2go has two versions, the regular version and the Plus version. If you don't need cloud sync and plan on being the only person using Invoice2go, go with the regular paid version. If you need cloud sync and access for multiple users, the free app with subscription service is the best option.
For a complete solution with an entire ecosystem of apps available to support it, you can't go wrong with Invoice2go.
Quickbooks Online is the companion app for the Quickbooks Online accounting service. You can invoice clients and customers, track expenses, and view most of the data contained in your Quickbooks account. While it isn't as full featured as the actual web version of QuickBooks Online, it still serves as an easy and intuitive way to invoice clients and customers right on the spot.
If you use QuickBooks Online to manage your business, the QuickBooks online app for iPhone is a must have.
- Free with subscription - Download Now
Freshbooks is a complete cloud accounting solution for billing and expenses. Not only can you cut invoices right from your iPhone, you can get paid online as well via PayPal integration. If you have expenses you need to categorize and track, Freshbooks lets you take photos of all your receipts and track them. If you need to organize clients and view how much time you spent on projects, you can use Freshbooks for that too. If you have less than three clients, Freshbooks is completely free.
If you're self employed and need an accounting solution that isn't too terribly complicated, Freshbooks is one of the best available.
- Free with limits - Download Now
Zoho Invoice and Time Tracker
Zoho is an invoicing and time tracking service that has a no fuss setup. Just enter a little bit of information about your business, tax rate, and client rates. Pick and invoice template and start invoicing. You can also use Zoho to track expenses and time for multiple projects at a time. One unique thing about Zoho is that it also allows you to take credit card payments, a huge plus for those that want an all-in-one solution. Zoho is free for up to 5 clients, after that you'll need a subscription.
If you don't want to go through a lengthy setup process or want to process credit cards, check out Zoho.
- Free with limits - Download Now
Your favorite invoicing apps?
If you regularly have to invoice customers or clients for products sold or services rendered, what invoicing apps for iPhone do you use regularly? Do you use any of the ones above regularly? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments!
Note: Originally published, April 2014. Updated, July 2014.
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