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Grow Your Business Finances

5 Best Apps for Invoicing

5 Best Apps for Invoicing
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Invoicing can take up a huge chunk of a business owner's time. Invoicing apps make it easy to create, send and track invoices so you get paid faster. Invoicing apps are also accessible on mobile devices for on-the-go invoicing, wherever you are. Here are five of the best apps for invoicing.

Invoice2go makes it easy to create and send professional invoices. It offers a range of customizable, premade templates, so users don't have to start from scratch. It also saves pricing, customer information and other data to automatically populate required fields.

Invoice2go makes it easy to track invoices — users can see when a client opens an invoice, set up automatic payment reminders and create financial reports for any unpaid balances. The service also accepts debit and credit cards for fast online payments. Invoice2go plans start at $19.99 per year.

With Billdu, users can create and send invoices in seconds, and customers can instantly make payments by clicking on the "Pay Now" button straight from the invoice. In addition to invoices, Billdu lets businesses create estimates and purchase orders; track inventory and expenses; and export files into PDF, XLS, CSV, and other formats.

A handy "offline" mode is available, which lets users access invoices and other data even without an internet connection. Billdu offers several packages based on the number of invoices your business issues. Plans start at $1.25 per month for 24 invoices and up to $11.66 per month for unlimited invoices.

FreshBooks offers a simple, all-in-one invoicing solution for small businesses. It offers customizable templates, complete with a custom logo, fonts and colors to fit your brand. FreshBooks also makes it easier to get paid with credit card payments, invoice tracking and fast deposits to your bank account. It comes with several automation features to help save time, such as recurring invoices, payment reminders, late fees, discounts and tax calculations.

Other capabilities include time tracking, project management, expenses, reporting and customer relationship management. Part of the FreshBooks cloud accounting solution, plans cost $15 per month that allow you to bill up to five active clients, $25 per month for 50 active clients and $50 per month for 500 active clients . [Read our full review of FreshBooks here.]

Invoice by Wave is a free invoicing app that's both easy to use and lets you create professional-looking invoices. Choose from a wide range of templates, and then personalize it with your logo and company colors. Other layout options include custom columns and drag-and-drop line items.

Invoices can be sent from the Wave app, Gmail or Outlook, and then tracked to see if they have been viewed and paid. Wave makes the payment process simple — businesses can accept payments online, set up custom payment terms, create payment reminders and save credit card information for future payments.

QuickBooks is all about creating beautiful invoices, fast payments and saving time. It uses what the company calls "smart invoices," which alerts businesses when invoices have been viewed and paid. Payment options include credit cards, debit cards and free ACH bank transfers (not available on most other invoicing apps).

Time-saving features include autofill based on past invoices, recurring invoices, recurring payments, payment reminders and converting estimates to payable invoices. QuickBooks costs $5 per month for self-employed or independent contractors, and plans start at $10 per month for small businesses. [Read our full review of QuickBooks accounting software here.]

Sara Angeles

Sara is a tech writer with a background in business and marketing. After graduating from UC Irvine, she worked as a copywriter and blogger for nonprofit organizations, tech labs and lifestyle companies. She started freelancing in 2009 and joined Business News Daily in 2013. Follow Sara Angeles on Twitter @sara_angeles.