4 Best Invoice & Accounting Software For Online Business (2020)

Every year many startups announce arrivals in the market with plenty of new ideas, passion, and energy. Being an entrepreneur is not easy. With the launch of the business, comes many responsibilities and an ever-growing ‘to-do’ list.

One of the high priority items on your list would be managing your books.

Bookkeeping or accounting is the most integral part of any business. Wouldn’t you agree?

Needless to say, poor accounting ethics can damage the company’s reputation and the trust of their clients.

Best Accounting softwares

Although accounting is essential, to say the least, not every entrepreneur or small business owner can handle it.

Not everyone can do everything, right?

So what do they do? 

They hire an accountant and pay them a huge amount of money to get things done.

For startups, bloggers, freelancers and small businesses, hiring a full-time accountant is not the best proposition. Therefore, most of these entities hire a professional at the end of the year to take care of their accounting.

And as they do not keep their books up to date, they end up rushing through the whole process which may be costly and prone to errors due to a rather simple reason – inefficiency.

Let us assume the owner of the business is efficient with accounting.

Now, would the person rather spend hours invoicing, bookkeeping, managing, tracking expenses and calling clients to remind them of the payments, or would (s)he rather work towards expanding the business?

Why should a person who excels at entrepreneurship indulge in accounting or bookkeeping when there are better ways to manage things?

Isn’t it always good, or should I say effective, to work on what you are good at?

Let me tell you a small story.

While I was interning at a startup, I was asked to research and find the best invoice and accounting software. I started my research by signing up for the free versions of popular accounting and bookkeeping software programs I came across online.

My focus was clear. I would only recommend a software if I could use it. Because if I, with barely any  particular invoice and accounting experience, could, it would be a walk in the park for those with expertise.

Best Accounting, Bookkeeping & Invoice Software for small businesses

So, with that, here are some of the accounting and invoice software I liked, which I believe are all great, but with slight differences. You will have to use all of them before you zero in on one, but I have brought the list down to just four out of the hundreds out there.

  1. Freshbooks
  2. Xero
  3. TopNotepad
  4. QuickBooks

Let us take a look at all the above in a little more detail.

1. QuickBooks

QuickBooks is one of the most popular accounting software available online. It does everything that one would want in accounting software. You can create customized invoices with your company logo and send them to your customers in a matter of minutes.

You can also store customer details, reports of your income and expenses, etc. Tracking sales and expenses and managing customers, vendors and employee data become a lot easier with this software.

It also offers ways for managing bills and online banking. You can even track appointments, to-do items and important business tasks such as invoice and bill due dates. However, it is more suited for a medium to large sized company.

Quickbooks pricing

After a trial period of 30 days, you may have to pay somewhere between $9.99 and $39.95 per month, depending on your needs .

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2. Freshbooks

Freshbooks is one of the online invoice, accounting software which is very easy to use. You can create, send and track invoices in just a few minutes. Time and expense tracking also becomes a lot easier since you can log time and billable hours.

It also has bookkeeping features through which organizing is much easier and payments can also be made quickly. Tracking and managing your expenses can be done without any trouble since you can also get the details about your previous invoices, revenue by client, best clients or the profit & loss reports to discover your outstanding invoices.

It does not have the inventory management feature, but it connects to other popular inventory management software. You can integrate PayPal and Stripe for collecting payments. It also offers iOS & Android apps.

Freshbooks pricing

It offers many other features in the paid version with prices ranging from $19.95/month to $39.95/month. It also offers a 30-day trial.

My suggestion?

Take the 30-day free trial of FreshBooks NOW

3. Xero

Xero accounting Software

Xero is another online tool that makes your accounting simplified and convenient. It is simple yet extensive and is like a one-stop shop for all your accounting needs.

Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?

Too good to be true? Nah. It is actually very convenient.

How?

Well, you can easily create recurring professional invoices in just a few clicks. You can also set invoice reminders, and it automatically reminds customers about the payment of the invoices. Managing your cash flow also becomes easier, and one can log in anytime and see the up-to-date financial health of the business.

It also has others features that include general ledger, quotes, bills and expenses, payroll with automated superannuation payments, etc.

Xero Pricing

Price ranges from $9/month (limited features) to $60/month, depending on your geographic region. Moreover, you can know more about its features by trying it for free as it also offers a free trial for 30 days.

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4. TopNotepad

TopNotepad is a new invoice and accounting software. The beauty of this application is, it goes beyond invoices and accounting.

You may ask me how it does so.

It couples the CRM portion, which is important for a startup.

The overall UI is very intuitive and user-friendly. It has rich built-in features that help you create and send invoices with just a few clicks.

It also has invoice templates from which you can choose the one you like the most. It even lets you log leads, allocate them to your employees, and track conversion. It also offers features for managing your expenses in a much simpler fashion. It has got all the features you would require to streamline and manage your invoicing, accounting and leads.

Topnotepad pricing

Pricing starts from $10/month. The freemium plan is free forever! The catch, however, is you can create only up to 5 invoices in the freemium plan and once you exhaust your freedom, the software will request you to upgrade to a paid plan. You can integrate PayPal and InstaMojo for collecting payments too!

There are many accounting and invoice software, loaded with features, to make your work simpler. All you have to do is explore and choose the right accounting and bookkeeping software that suits your needs.

I’m sure once you find the most suitable software of your choice, accounting will no longer be a dreaded task, and it will actually help you ace the growth of your company.

It doesn’t matter whether your startup is a blog or an app, managing your account is a MUST and helps you grow.

As for you, which software do you use for invoice and accounting needs? Do share in the comments below.

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19 thoughts on “4 Best Invoice & Accounting Software For Online Business (2020)”

  1. Subhabrata Kasyapi

    Thank you, Aakansha for this really informative post and choosing this uncommon topic.

    As an Entrepreneur myself, I’ve also conducted a few research for the best Accounting Software.

    My main criterion were:

    Cloud Based.
    Android & iOS App.
    Affordable.
    User Friendly.

    I’ve found one: Wave Accounting Software.

    It matches all of my criterion, except that it has no Android App so far.

    It’s completely Free for Unlimited Use.

    Give it a try and share your thoughts on it.

    Anyway, thanks again.

    Keep good work up.

    Regards.

    Subhabrata.

  2. Hi Akansha thanks a lot for sharing such a good information , keep sharing a post like this so that we can get to know new ideas and innovation.

  3. Good going Aakansha

    Thank you for informing us about this topic.

    Good work keep going.

    Regards

    Pawan Kumar

  4. Hi Aakansha,
    It was a superb article, really a best accounting software does matter for better website functioning, i was planning to start one, this article helped me a lot, thank you for sharing

  5. Generally Its all paid. There are also few best software available on codecanyon. You should research that one too as they are less expensive.

    By the way good article.

  6. This is really cool information. I was sending my clients mails for getting paid. These invoice software will help me do ask the due amount more professionally.

    Thanks Aakansha for sharing 🙂

    ~Abhishek

  7. Hey AAKANSHA Mam, Thanks for your detailed guide about best accounting softwares. I found Freshbooks best among all softwares.

  8. Hi Aakansha,

    This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading through your blog posts.

    Thanks Team (ShoutMeLoud)

  9. Hi Aakansha, I am using QuickBooks for my company, By the way, which one you recommend? thanks for the great article..

  10. Raaja Anandhan

    Hi AAKANSHA,

    Nice write up. I prefer Xero and QuickBooks. These two are best while comparing to others in my point of view. Anyway thanks for share.

  11. Hi akanksha,

    Really a superb and well explained article.

    Looking forward to see more articles from your side.

  12. Yeah its rally nice aakansha….fresh book is looking quite useful for me, i will definitely give a try..Thanks for sharing and keep updating 🙂

  13. Hi Akansha hope you are doing well , A excellent post by you . Thanks a lot for sharing a quality post.

  14. Invoicing and Accounting Software For our Online Business which you have provided makes life little easier.To make a list of features are very important for accounting software.Our accounting skill levels and time which we can invest in setting it up and maintaining supporting system reveals it’s importance.Thanks for sharing.

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