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Five Android invoicing apps ready to help you do business

Take your business on the go with professional-quality mobile apps designed to make your mobile small business life easier.

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If you and your business are always on the go, you probably could benefit from an app that enables you to immediately invoice your clients. Too many mobile businesses rely on paper, email, or other non-task-specific apps or tools to invoice clients. Not only is that unprofessional, it's inefficient and a good way to forget or lose client billing information. If you have an Android tablet or smartphone, you could easily install an app designed specifically for this task and get your invoicing up to modern-day standards.

If you do a search for "invoice" on the Google Play Store, you'll come up with quite a number of hits. Out of those hits I have weeded out which of those I believe are best suited to help small business users take work on the go without missing a single bill. Let's examine these top five apps.

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Five apps

1. Invoice2Go

Invoice2Go is probably my top choice is this particular list because it's not only a full featured invoice tool, it also has one of the better interfaces to help make the process of billing highly intuitive (Figure A).

Figure A

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Invoice2Go running on the Verizon-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The feature list includes: Create invoices (Figure B), estimates, credit, memos, and purchase orders; over twenty invoice templates; supports products and services; include PayPal buttons for quick payment; keep track of outstanding bills; invoice preview; email as PDF, create estimates and quotes; convert estimates/quotes into invoices; inventory; auto tax calculations and configurations; twelve drill-down reports; and more.

Figure B

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Creating an invoice with Invoice2Go.

Within the product you can also add on apps for Calendaring, barcode scanning, maps, document signing, and account statements. Invoice2Go does require an account and you can sign up for the unlimited free trial. However, once you've created your first three documents, you will have to upgrade from the free trial. The Starter plan is $49.00 per year and allows you to create 100 documents. The app is $9.99 or you can try the free version which limits you to the number of documents and items you can create.

2. Zoho Invoice and Time Tracking

Zoho Invoice and Time Tracking requires you have a Zoho account – but if you're already using the powerhouse groupware tool, Zoho Invoice makes for a perfect extension. With this app you can use ready to use templates, categorize expenses, accept online payments, track time, print and download invoices, track payment status, and much more. The Zoho Invoice tool is integrated with Google Apps for more power and flexibility. The interface for Zoho Invoice is clean (almost minimal – Figure C) and gives you quick access to creating a new invoice/contact/estimate, record expense, and add time entry.

Figure C

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The Zoho Invoice main interface.

You can also set payment terms, auto-generate invoice numbers, add notes and terms/conditions to invoices (Figure D).

Figure D

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Adding payment terms for invoices.

The app is free, but you will have to subscribe to Zoho with paid plans starting at $15/month.


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3. Invoice Control

Invoice Control is a much more basic app, but for those needing the bare minimum (at no cost), Invoice Control is for you. It is a free, ad-based app (Figure E) that can function for anyone needing simple, on the go invoicing.

Figure E

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On the go invoicing.

One nice feature of Invoice Control is that it is a multi-user environment – so you can have more than one employee use the tool. The app also features: Invoice creation (Figure F) customer management, product/inventory control, quote generation in PDF format, generation partial invoices, include company logo, choose color of invoice header, import data from spreadsheets, backup data, send invoices through Whatsapp or Line, save invoices into Dropbox account, scan barcodes, mark invoices as sent or paid.

Figure F

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Creating an invoice with Invoice Control.

You can also integrate Invoice Control with Control Expenses (by the same company) to help track spending.

4. Invoice Maker Pro

Invoice Maker Pro is another bare-bones, but effective invoicing tool. With an easy to use interface (Figure G) that offers little to no learning curve, you can have Invoice Maker Pro up and running with little time and zero cost.

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The Invoice Maker main window.

You do not have to sign up for any plans and the app is free. The feature list of Invoice Maker Pro includes: Preview invoices directly from device, email invoices as attachments, auto-calculate sales tax, track invoice payments, view clients unpaid balance, customize PDF with company logo, assign unique codes to each client (Figure H), auto backup of invoices, generate invoices as estimates, support for over one hundred currencies, and more.

Figure H

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Creating a new client with Invoice Maker Pro.

5. Street Invoice Beta

Street Invoice Beta is, as the name implies, currently in beta. Even so, the application is solid and powerful. During the beta testing period, the app is free to use, which allows you to see just how much invoicing power you can have in your hands. Street Invoice Beta features: Invoice/bill on the spot, include PayPal link with invoice, create preview estimates, pull customer contact information from phone or tablet, email printed invoices/statements/receipts, print invoices on the go, wireless sync across all mobile and desktop devices, live back office reporting, and much more. With a clean interface (Figure I), you can quickly navigate through all the functions of the app.

Figure I

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The Street Invoice Beta main window.

One of best features of Street Invoice Beta is the ability to use it for multiple companies. Simply create as many companies as you need and then select which company to apply an invoice to in the Invoice Options (Figure J).

Figure J

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Making use of the multi-company feature.

Bottom line

If you're looking to take your small business on the go, fear not, there are plenty of apps to help you easily meet this challenge. To ensure invoicing and billing is efficient and accountable, give one of these Android apps a go – your clients and your company will thank you for it.



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9 comments
sarahmatthew
sarahmatthew

I see some good invoicing apps here, but do you also have a list of free invoicing tools or apps? As an SMB, we would love such a list.


We currently use Zylot invoicing (http://www.zylot.com) for billing and invoicing as its a free tool with very good invoicing features.

Carol_Adams
Carol_Adams

I use Talygen App on my android phone for efficiently tracking of expenses, which is considered as one of the best app in this prospect. The app keeps track of expenses and lets you stay productive on the go. Small and large enterprises can easily track business travel expense and manage expense reports anytime from anywhere. 

ellisthomas86
ellisthomas86

Nice list. But one thing which I would like to focus on is that there are a lot of tools for invoicing. Can't it happen that every invoicing part can be figured out in one platform. Like I use one tool named as Replicon. The cloud based expense reporting software has all the possible capabilities to take care of the whole invoicing part and is managed in one platform.


Here is the link for your reference - http://www.replicon.com/olp/expense-reports.aspx

Lola111
Lola111

Hi, I am using ebankbooks for my business and 2 other businesses I am helping with. It's a fantastic free product that I use on my laptop, a tablet and phone. I do my invoicing and expenses (sometimes from my office, sometimes on the go) and would highly recommend it to any small business. It also allows you to do job costing for each project and gives free SEO for your website. You cannot ask for better than that! Not sure why it's not on that list.

Catspeed
Catspeed

Have you tried Xero yet. Give it a go and I know you will rank it as number 1.

ebankbooks
ebankbooks

Hi all,

     would like to bring to your attention a relatively new player on the market that gives you all the invoicing functionality you need to run a small business.  and its free :)


ebankbooks includes a cloud based invoicing application that will run on android, ipad and all leading internet javascript enabled browsers.  The great advantages of cloud based apps like ebankbooks includes:

      * there is no app trap..  You can run this from any or all your devices with all you data stored in the cloud, rather than stuck on you phone. 

      * you can switch between devices so whether you are out on the road with your smart phone or in the office on your PC or tablet.. just choose your preferred device for the occasion, no need to download anything. 

      * Multi user accounts gives you a big business model where you can share the Invoices, payments, contacts and work load with other members of your business, no mater where they are.

     * Its free.

you can find out more with these online demos

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ebankbooks+invoicing&sm=3

you can find ebankbooks on:

             https://play.google.com/store/search?q=ebankbooks&hl=en

             https://chrome.google.com/webstore/search/ebankbooks

             www.ebankbooks.com


watch this space for more innovation serving small business


Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

Do you invoice on the go with a mobile device? What app do you use and how well does it work for you?

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