30 Websites for Freelancer Finance

July 5, 2012

If you’re a freelancer, you know that keeping up with client work is challenging enough without the necessity of doing your own books, accounts payable and receivable, and generally keeping track of your finances.  You’re in this to make money, so the best thing you can do is take some time to set up a streamlined system to help manage the “business side” of the freelance lifestyle.  The following 30 websites can help.

Accounting and Invoicing Software for Freelancers

These online resources will help you keep track of your money and invoice customers.  Each has different fee schedules (some are free!), and different feature sets and interfaces.  Some even integrate with one another.

1.  Less Accounting

Created to make accounting easier than ever by eliminating a ton of overhead work and introducing a streamlined system.

Accounting Software LessAccounting - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_09-09-28


2.  FreeAgent

Promoted as the stress-free way to manage your books and invoicing with a specific call-out to freelancers.

Online Accounting Software Small Business and Freelancers - FreeAgent - Google _2012-07-03_09-11-28


3.  Wave Accounting

My personal favorite, because it’s simple to use, has a robust tool set, and it’s 100 percent free.

Free Online Accounting Software for Small Business - Wave Accounting - Google Ch_2012-07-03_09-45-58


4.  Zoho Books

Part of the popular Zoho suite of products.  I haven’t tried it, but hey, 6 million users can’t be wrong!

The Best Small Business Accounting Software Zoho Books - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_09-47-46


5.  Xero

Real time accounting, invoicing, billing and banking.

Online Accounting Software. Free Trial, Free Support Xero - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_09-49-29


6.  Work Etc.

A different approach to freelance finance management, this solution includes unique billing tools plus a full CRM and helps you collaborate with others.

SaaS Business Management Software WORKetc CRM - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_09-51-30


7.  InvoTrack

As freelancers, we’re told to find our niche.  InvoTrack has done just that by focusing on invoicing and billable time tracking.

Online Invoicing and Timesheet Tracking invotrak - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_09-56-42


8.  Bill My Clients

Another invoicing and billing solution for U.S.-based freelancers.

BillMyClients.com - Online invoicing & billing solutions - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_09-58-44


9.  LiteAccounting

An invoicing system that promises to make billing and invoicing easy and hassle-free.

LiteAccounting - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_10-00-06


10.  Billing Orchard

A comprehensive system with online billing and invoicing, Quickbooks integration, proposals, and credit card processing.

Electronic Billing Software, Time Based, Automated Recurring Invoicing - Billing_2012-07-03_10-01-22


11.  Outright

Lets you keep all your small business finance information in one place, offers free accounts with an upgrade for additional features.

Accounting Software Online Small Business Bookkeeping Services - Outright - Go_2012-07-03_10-17-12


12.  Freshbooks

A popular service dedicated to invoicing and time tracking.

FreshBooks - Online Invoicing, Accounting & Billing Software - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_10-19-09


13.  Shoeboxed

Finally, an easy way to digitally track all your receipts.

Online Receipt & Business Card Management System. - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_10-20-08


14.  BlinkSale

Unlimited invoices, estimates and users for one monthly fee, with optional payment integration.

Blinksale The easiest way to send invoices online - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_10-21-35


15.  Quickbooks

I don’t get along with Quicbooks, but maybe I’m in the minority.  Either way, if you need extremely robust accounting then this is probably the answer for you.

Small Business Accounting Software from Intuit QuickBooks - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_10-23-11


16.  Cashboard

Online time tracking software with mobile integration for data entry.

Estimate, Invoice, and Time Tracking Software for your business Cashboard - Go_2012-07-03_10-24-46


17.  Mint

Not exclusively a business platform, but perfect for tracking your personal finances (and many freelancers do not separate personal finances from business).  Best of all, it’s free.

Mint - Personal Finance, Budgeting, Money Management, Financial Management, Mone_2012-07-03_10-27-06


CRM Software for Freelancers

Need to manage contacts, estimates and the sales cycle (which, of course, is how you make money in the first place)?  Try these online CRM solutions for your freelance business.

18.  Zoho CRM

Another popular app from Zoho, with full mobile integration so you can manage customers on-the-go.

CRM Software, Customer Relationship Management - Zoho CRM - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_10-28-58


19.  Salesforce

A popular cloud CRM, Salesforce is scalable so you can start out as a freelancer and grow into a multi-million dollar company without having to change your CRM.

Social Enterprise & CRM in the cloud - Salesforce.com - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_10-30-34


20.  Highrise

Billed as a “simple CRM” by the geniuses at 37Signals, which means it’s perfect for freelancers.

Highrise Small Business CRM, Web-Based Contact Manager - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_10-31-50


21.  Batchbook

Batchbook takes a friendlier approach to simple customer relationships and is definitely worth a look for any freelancer.

Batchbook Your Social CRM - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_10-33-11


22.  Big Contacts

Markets itself as having an easy to use interface and affordable pricing, scalable for different business structures.

Web Based CRM Software, Contact Management Software - BigContacts - Google Chrom_2012-07-03_10-36-58


23.  Insightly

This could be a freelancer’s dream:  a CRM developed to work with Google Apps!

Insightly Google Apps CRM and Project Management - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_10-38-25


24.  Campaigner CRM

The benefits of this CRM, as marketed, are power and simplicity with results.

Social CRM, CRM Software, CRM Solutions, Mobile CRM and CRM Pricing - Google Chr_2012-07-03_10-42-54


25.  On Contact

A CRM that includes marketing automation features for your freelance business.

CRM Products by Oncontact CRM - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_10-44-22


26.  Stride

Stride intrigues me because it promises to stop wasting your time by boiling down the sales process to its essence.  It’s in beta night now, so you’ll have to submit your email to get an invitation to try it out.

Simple Sales Tracking and CRM · Stride - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_10-45-39


27.  Sugar CRM

Sugar CRM has been popular for some time because it is powerful and open source, which means it can be extended and customized to perfectly match your business.

CRM Open Source Business & Social CRM Software SugarCRM.com - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_10-47-15


Miscellaneous Freelancer Financial Resources

These three freelancer financial resources will help you stay on track with your goals.

28.  GoalLancer

An Excel spreadsheet pre-set to track your daily, weekly, monthly, and annual income by client and as a whole.

GoalLancer Goal-setting software, accounting and bookkeeping software for freel_2012-07-03_10-49-13


29.  The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Successful Freelance Marketer

You have to make money before you can manage it; this article on Freelance Switch helps you lay the foundation for a successful freelance marketing strategy.

The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Successful Freelance Marketer - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_10-50-49


30.  Accounting Basics for a Freelancer

Another excellent Freelance Switch article, this time focusing on freelance accounting basics.

Accounting Basics for a Freelancer - Google Chrome_2012-07-03_10-52-13

About the Author:

Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. His previous roles included managing editor for a hometown newspaper and club bartender for a group of quasi-alcoholics. When he’s not writing, he’s usually counting lost follicles and wondering what he ever did with his time before his two children were born.
Brian's picture

About Brian Morris

Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

Anonymous's picture
January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

[...] through the ensuing Civil War; and while there is no comparison between slavery and taxation, most freelancers (and many individuals in the employed ranks) would agree that paying taxes can definitely feel like [...]

Anonymous's picture
January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

Nice list, glad to see zoho made it on there, I’ve been using them for a few years. A couple new ones I’ve been trying out are https://www.hiveage.com/ and http://www.job-flex.com/. I like Hiveage because I really enjoy the finishing touch they put on the invoices. It gives them a much more professional look, and a couple of my clients have commented on it. The other one I like because I do a lot of contracting work and it’s nice to have an app that kind of does most of the work for me. Check them out if you’re still looking for more!

Anonymous's picture
January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

Thanks for the freelancer finance resources, Jesse. I'll check out Hiveage and Job Flex!

Anonymous's picture
January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

I'd like to suggest Fanurio (http://www.fanuriotimetracking.com) which is a time tracking and billing software application, highly appreciated by freelancers for its intuitive interface, flexible timer and ability to produce detailed invoices. It runs on OS X, Windows, Linux and other flavors of Unix.

I know that there are many freelancers who prefer to use a desktop application in order to keep their data on their own computers. Since Fanurio is a desktop application, it integrates very well with the platforms it runs on. On OS X, you can easily access timers from the the menu bar and from the dock icon menu. On Windows, you can start a new timer or control the active timer from the thumbnail toolbar or from the tray icon. You can also use global hotkeys to control the timers from within any running application.

Fanurio is used by many freelancers not just to track time but to bill their clients as well. Fanurio can export invoices to HTML, PDF, Microsoft Word 2007, OpenOffice OpenDocument and other formats so they can be printed or e-mailed. Invoice templates can be created manually, with a visual editor (Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Word or OpenOffice) or with the built-in template editor.

I hope this helps.

Anonymous's picture
January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

Thanks for the resource, Carol!

Leave a Reply

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

What is the PsPrint Blog??

The PsPrint Blog is a resource for graphic designers, freelancers, small business owners and fans of print marketing. You'll find helpful techniques on printing everything there is to print, including business cards, postcards, brochures, stickers, invitations, greeting cards, door hangers, magnets and more. The PsPrint Blog shares creative ways to improve your design and layout skills, and useful tips for marketing your business in any medium. We also like to have a little fun, sharing design inspiration and spotlighting some our favorite customers' printed pieces in our "Hot Off the Press" series.

Sign Up and Save!