Top 5 Invoicing Apps for Android

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You’ve done an amazing job for your client but now it’s time to send the bill. What invoicing method will you use? Paper or digital? Are there apps on your smartphone or tablet that will fast track the process? Read about my Top 5 invoicing apps for Android and learn how to bring your business into the digital age. I want to share with you my recent experiences in searching for a quality app.

 

Background

I have recently re-launched a window washing business that I had  previously operated on the East Coast of Australia. After a 12 month sojourn in Asia, I have settled back into Australia’s third largest city. My beloved service industry career called me back. This time I decided to incorporate more digital technology into my business operations. Hence, a search began for invoicing apps that would allow me to send quotes and estimates direct to clients and then easily convert these quotes into invoices. I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone so I began researching the Top 5 invoicing apps. And yes, if they are to work effectively, you have to pay for them. Here are my results and conclusions.

 

1. Zoho Invoice –Top 5 Invoicing Apps for Android

Zoho was one of the first ones I tried and it is one of the most popular apps being used. There have been over 100,000 downloads and as noted in the accompanying screenshot, has a user rating of 4.6/5. It has a number of capabilities that a professional would find useful. These include quick invoicing, online payments through the well-known Stripe encrypted payments system and a time tracking facility to track the time a project takes.

One of the key tools is the instant notification of clients viewing the invoice or using Stripe to pay the bill. Zoho is available in 10 languages, multiple currencies and adjusts VAT/GST according to the country settings that you enter upon account set-up. Some reviewers lament the time they took to move from Microsoft Excel to Zoho Invoice. This app is a worthy member of the Top 5 invoicing apps list.

 

 

 

 

2. ProBooks (formerly Invoice Maker Pro) –Top 5 Invoicing Apps for Android

This is the one I am using at the moment in my business. I found it quite easy to set-up and implement. There have been over 100, 000 downloads of this app and the nearly 1500 who have given feedback rate it at 4.2/5 on Google Play. It only costs $3.99/mth for unlimited invoices, which is about the cost of one takeaway coffee. There is a web version for the home office as well as the mobile apps. It allows clients to pay by credit card through Stripe integration.

The Stripe set-up is not the quickest process, but once it is done, works very well. Two recent clients got their invoices by email and paid within 24 hours via Stripe. Within the week, the funds, minus Stripe fees, are in my bank account. The in-app preview of invoices is excellent and allows a final check of details before emailing. All round, this is an excellent invoice app for on-the-go professionals.

(Update on October 3, 2016 – Note the special offer in the comments box below from the lead developer of this app. They will give any reader of this blog a free month’s membership just for hearing about it here.)

 

 

3. Simple Invoice –Top 5 Invoicing Apps for Android

Over 50, 000 downloads with a 4.3/5 rating on Google Play means that it is a popular invoicing app. As the name suggest, it has a simple interface and does not require internet connection to generate pdf invoices. The variety of currencies and connected tax rates are easily integrated into the set-up process. As with the other applications, any estimate you have generated for a client can easily be converted into an invoice when the job is accepted and completed.

When I sampled this app, it was quite simple to get started and it would probably be my second choice of these Top 5 invoicing apps. A subscription costs $2.99/month for unlimited invoices or $22.99/yr which is really outstanding value. All invoices and estimates can be sent via WhatsApp, Skype, etc., not just the regular email programs.

I couldn’t find any ability to sync with an encrypted credit card payment system like Stripe or Paypal. Maybe that is why it bears the name it does. It doesn’t seem to have a desktop version, which may be a dampener but we are talking about mobile invoicing apps for on-the-go trade and service professionals. This could be a great app to begin with and then move to another, if you find this app to be limited in its features.

 

 

4. Street Invoice – Top 5 Invoicing Apps for Android

This app is rated at 4.5/5 by the nearly 1000 users who have given feedback on it. This app, like the others promise to fast-track the creation of invoices and estimates when you are out and about. It manages the business activity and makes sure you get paid. It has a Paypal feature so that clients can pay through that well-known platform. There are three invoice versions that can be sent to customers – pdf, text and print version. It also has an easy export to Microsoft Excel, and since it syncs very well with Windows, is ideal on the desktop back in the office. Pricing plans for greater usage are available. The Basic plan is $4.99/mth which allows you to create and send 50 invoices per month. The Enterprise plan has unlimited invoices with all the bells and whistles added in, but that will cost you $14.99/ month or $149.99 per year. So in effect, if paying annually, you get 2 months free. I downloaded it and had a play around with it, but it was a little harder to get set up than ProBooks.

 

 

 

5. Speed Invoice – Top 5 Invoicing Apps for Android

How would I rate this invoice among the other Top 5 invoicing apps? Interestingly, it used the least amount of storage space on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. It was reasonably easy to set up, but it would not load the logo I had used on the other apps. Price wise it was competitive – A$4.99/per month for unlimited invoices, unlimited users and unlimited cloud storage.

One noticeable feature was in relation to GST or VAT set-up. In Australia, not all businesses are required to collect this tax for the government. There is a turnover threshold that businesses need to stay below to remain exempt. Speed Invoice allows you to switch the GST off and this is noted on each invoice that is sent out, making it easier for accounts payable clerks to note that in their payments systems.

It is a popular app with over 100,000 downloads and is rated on Google Play at 4.6/5 by users. It’s synchronization with Microsoft Office gives it an advantage while the capacity to use it in over 30 languages will be appealing to some users. I couldn’t find any link to encrypted credit payments facilities which is one reason why I deleted it off my device.

 

My Conclusion –

I really enjoyed doing research on this Top 5 invoicing apps project. In this re-launched window washing business venture, I was determined to add a digital component to my invoicing. I have chosen to pay my subscription month to month so that, as time goes by, I have the option of switching to a different app if there are problems with ProBooks that I am using at present. There are many more invoicing apps available, whether you use an Android device or you are an Apple devotee. It took me a few days of trial and error sampling to make my decision; yours will probably be different since your business structure will differ from mine.

Have you ever used any of these apps in your business? Are there other apps that you rate much higher than the Top 5 invoicing apps that I have presented? Please start a conversation about this topic by leaving your comments in the box below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “Top 5 Invoicing Apps for Android

  1. Hi,

    I did not know that Android Phones could do so much in the business world.

    I love how you describe the different apps for invoicing. You took the time to unveil all the moving parts of invoicing. Makes it easy to make the right decision for your business.

    Thanks for actually checking out the apps. This brings a whole new level to your review.

    I am not in the market for one of these apps but will consider in the near future.

    Thanks for sharing great info.

    Regards,
    Tim

    1. Hi Tim,

      Thanks for the thoughtful comments. Yes, I did spend some time trialing these apps for my business and found what suited me. Obviously, a freelance architect or consultant may spend three weeks on one job and a different app would work for him. In my business, I potentially could be sending 3 or 4 per day.

      Great you stopped by the site,

      Duncan

  2. Hi I love your website and I think that you have great content. Your website has provided me with a lot of information that I think I can use for future reference. I have an uncle that has his own business and he deals with a lot of paperwork pertaining to invoices. I think that one of these top 5 apps would help as you say bring his business into the digital age. He is a very busy guy after all. Which app do you think would be best for him to use out of the top 5?

    1. Hi Scott,

      A lot depends on the style of business he has. Some of the apps don’t have links to credit card payment systems, which is a key point for me. That is why I use Invoice Maker Pro since it is linked to Stripe Payments but a mate of mine who has a tree lopping business loves Zoho, which would be my No. 2 recommendation. Hope that helps him.

      Incidentally, what smartphone is your uncle using? That would be a great start to bring him up to speed digitally. Amazon is where he could find something useful if he needs to upgrade.

      Chat soon,

      Duncan

  3. This is a very useful product. I have recently decided to get into voice over work and I definitely need an invoicing app that can help me keep track of the work that i do and the clients I work with. I like the fact that they are mobile apps associated with this service. Much of society is swaying toward having these services quickly accessible at all times.

    1. Hey Will,

      Interesting new work choice. I hope it goes well for you. A mobile invoicing app would be ideal for this field. We are definitely in a mobile society.

      Catch up soon,

      Duncan

  4. Hello Duncan,

    It is a good idea to have the capabilities of receiving a payment and sending out receipts to their e- mail address right there and then.

    I’m sure this saves you a lot of time, I’d have no worries accepting receipts to my e-mail address. I think you can do this with PayPal also.

    Thanks for the information.

    1. Hi Sonny,

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting. The fast efficient way to email receipts and invoices makes these apps a must have for any business. Paypal and many other credit payment platforms have this capability.

      Chat soon,

      Duncan

  5. We are glad to hear you’re using ProBooks as your current solution. If anyone is referred to ProBooks through this blog post, we will give you the app for free for 1 month. Just contact us through the Support tab once you’ve installed it.

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