Smartphones

Three apps for the traveling consultant

Scott Lowe highlights three apps that help IT consultants on the go.

Invoice2go

Vendor: Invoice2go.com Cost: - iOS - $9.99; Android - $9.99

Putting together invoices can be time consuming, but it's an essential activity for the self-employed. What if you could put your invoice together while you're still at a client's site and get it submitted right away? Fortunately, you can do that with Invoice2go.

Invoice2go provides a quick way to invoice, estimate, bill, and collect payments. The app includes a bunch of different invoice styles and, when paired with the desktop app, you can customize the invoice templates to meet your needs. Taxes and totals are calculated automatically.

With this app, invoices are created as PDF files, and you can email them from your mobile device.

In Figure C, note that you can create invoices, estimates, and purchase orders. Figure C

Create a new document right from your iPhone
Here's what a blank invoice looks like (see Figure D). Figure D

Add customers and products to your invoice.
And here's an example of a finalized invoice (see Figure E). Figure E

A finalized invoice.
The next two screenshots (Figures F and G) show the Android version of Invoice2go. Figure F

Android device: You can save items into folders.
Figure G

Creating an invoice on an Android device.
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About

Since 1994, Scott Lowe has been providing technology solutions to a variety of organizations. After spending 10 years in multiple CIO roles, Scott is now an independent consultant, blogger, author, owner of The 1610 Group, and a Senior IT Executive w...

3 comments
projectonthego
projectonthego

I like Clarizen because I can reach their project management software from my laptop, work, home and iphone - great if you are traveling or have a need to be flexible about your workplace.

mmcshane
mmcshane

I use Time Master +Billing for tracking my clients and it allows me to sync from my iPhone to my iPad. When I invoice my clients, it has an invoicing module (which can be modified with your own logo) to create pdf's and it also exports to Quickbooks format if needed. I can creat jobs as time entries or as expense entries. I can over ride the cost per client as I charge different rates depending on who my client is. As for ios vs android, you use the tools that work for the platform you use. I have both large enterprise clients and small mom and pop organizations. Hth.

golfer
golfer

Who wastes there money on a iphone these day's they are to limited in the enterprise.