Zoho Invoice featured in ABC News App Chat Show

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Zoho Invoice mobile app gets its share of fame in ABC News’ App chat show. Independent e-business consultant Francie Black, showcased the invoicing app for iOS and highlighted its usefulness for small business owners who are on the move all the time.

Francie talks about her favorite features in the Zoho Invoice app and demonstrates how it makes invoicing absolutely hassle-free.

Check out Francie explain how business owners can manage their business on the go using our mobile apps!

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Want to try our apps? Download them here on iOS and Android.

Your go-to invoicing app just crossed 100,000 downloads!

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Deciding to run a small business all by yourself is a tough and bold move. At Zoho, we build apps that help you focus on your work.

Recently, our Zoho Invoice android app crossed its 100,000th download. Ever since the app was launched in the Google Play, our only aim has been to make invoicing a little better for you every single day! With the high download rate of our app, it’s hard to ignore the obvious fact that mobile invoicing is on the rise. Creating an invoice on your phone and emailing it to your customer is probably as easy as sending a text message. Business owners enjoy the speed, flexibility and the freedom that the mobile app offers when it comes to running their business efficiently on the move.

In fact, we’ve had a lot of customers tell us how the app has made it so easy for them to manage their business from practically anywhere. Some have even invoiced from the train!

 Here’s what a few of our customers have to say about the nifty android app.

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If you haven’t tried invoicing on the go, start by downloading the Zoho Invoice app :)

 

 

When Invoicing becomes child’s play. Literally.

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At Zoho, we’re constantly trying to build and rebuild our apps to make them easy for our customers to use.

That’s why we LOVE tweets like these, that make us feel like we’re closer to our goal:

Thanks to @zoyrosa for sharing this video of her kids using Zoho Invoice. It sure made our day :)

Zoho Invoice – Android app gets a makeover this summer!

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Zoho Invoice android app has a slew of exciting updates this season. The first thing you are bound to notice is the clean, crisp UI and the slide drawer/ navigation. A slight swipe from the left to the right brings the app menu list at your service. Navigating to different modules is much more easier with the latest update.

android-invoice-appThere is more! We’ve added a simple and handy widget, which will now be a reason for iPhone users to be jealous of the android app. The cool widget allows you to quickly create an invoice, add an expense or log time for projects.

How do you bring it live on your home screen? On your home screen, drag and drop Zoho Invoice widget from the widget list available in your phone.

Finally, the much awaited ‘Print‘ option for invoices is now available on your android app through Google Cloud Print. You don’t have to run to your laptop every time to print invoices or estimates. Just click print on the invoice and the printer connected to your Google account will print it right away.

So that’s a lot of awesomeness coming your way. Head over to Google Play and update to the latest 1.7 version of our android app. Like always we’d love to listen to what you have to say. Drop us a line in the comments right below.

Simplify Getting Paid With Braintree

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BraintreeWe have been on an integration spree since the beginning of this year. After the first two successful integration with Stripe and 2Checkout, Braintree is the latest payment gateway to be integrated to Zoho Invoice and Zoho Books.

If you haven’t begun accepting online payments from your customers, now is a good time to get started. Not only is creating a merchant account in Braintree is quick and painless, but also configuring it to Zoho Invoice and Zoho Books is easy.

Braintree supports multiple currencies and if your customers are across the globe, then it is a great payment gateway option to invest your money. Also, Braintree charges no monthly fee or minimums and charges you only for the transactions that have occurred (2.9% + $0.30 per transaction).

Awesome right? If you want to find out more,  head straight to our documentation for detailed information on how to set it up. We’ve got plenty more in store for you this year. Meanwhile,  share your feedback right here in the comments.

Go Global – Check out 2Checkout!

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We have now made it really easy for you to receive online payments from your customers – from even the ones who are not in the same geographical area. Zoho Books and Zoho Invoice recently integrated with 2Checkout Payment Gateway. Apart from supporting multiple currencies, it is also multi-lingual. Transacting in global currency and getting paid has never been this easy.

2Checkout offers up to 15 languages that your customer can choose from during the payment process, thus giving them a better online payment experience. And great experiences lead to happy customers which means prompt payments always.

It takes only a few simple steps to configure your 2Checkout account in Zoho Invoice and Zoho Books. All you need is the 2Checkout Account Number and the ‘Secret Word’ (word you see in the site management section under Accounts). To know exactly how to configure 2Checkout account, just follow the steps given in our documentation.

With Stripe and 2Checkout added this year, we now have SIX payment gateways that you can choose from to accept online payments from your customers.

Would you want to hear some more good news?

For those who are eager to sell international, quickly sign up for a free 2Checkout account and enter the promo code ‘ZOHO2CO’ for a waiver on your application service fee (a savings of $10.99).

Like it?! Give 2Checkout a try and tell us how it worked for you!

Goodbye Late Payments: 10 Tips To Help You Get Paid On Time

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Get Paid on Time

Slow and steady never wins the race when it comes to chasing late payments. It is nasty and time consuming especially for freelancers and small business owners. Here are some tips that might help you to avoid late payments and get paid on time.

1. Plug the gaps in customer data

Confirm your customer’s ‘current’ address – both Web and postal addresses. Find out the person who will actually be making the invoice payment and contact him/her. Ensure to use a good invoicing software to keep track of customer data like customer balance, pending invoices, email communication and much more.

2. Set clear expectations

Remember to mention your payment terms and late fees clearly on the estimate or on the invoice. Add a discount factor for the payment that has been made early. Let’s say, if the payment is due in 30 days, offer a discount of 2% for the full amount that is paid within 10 days.

3. Invoice right away!

There’s no perfect day to send the invoice. Once the work is complete, send the invoice immediately. As the project is still fresh on your clients’ mind, chances are high that you will receive the payment on time.

4. Don’t be lax in your terms of payment

Be it a friend or your BFF (best friend forever), do not be lenient when it comes to the terms of payment. When you give the clients a leeway in regard to payment terms, it might appear that you are being nice (to yourself), but honestly, you are hurting your business.

5. Call when necessary

Be ‘proactive’ and give a call to your client to confirm the receipt of invoice. Sometimes clients can ‘miss’ the email. Also, calling can be a good way to establish and maintain a personal connection with your client.

6. Stick to the schedule

When the clients are overdue on payments, remember not to sound pushy or needy. Following up too quickly or without any pattern might appear as if you are running behind your client with a club. If you feel that manually tracking the invoices that are overdue and sending reminders are a pain, then try the automated payment reminders.

7. Be polite yet professional

Ensure all your communications are nothing but professional. One late payment incident shouldn’t be the reason you harangue the customer for eternity. Use ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’.

8. Be flexible when accepting payments

Accept all modes of payment – cash, cheque or online payments. Some customers are finicky while making payments; give them all the options available. If you haven’t already, then start accepting online payments from your clients. Freelancers and business owners who use the payment gateways supported by Zoho Invoice claim that accepting online payment is quick and painless.

9. Down payments might help reduce heartburn

Not every business model requires this, but wherever possible, ask for a down payment upfront. Startups may cringe as this might turn off new clients, but hey, they wanted you to do the job because they liked what they saw. So ask for some amount upfront, if not for the full.

10. Know a lawyer… just in case

You might find this to be absolutely unnecessary, but it wouldn’t hurt to get a legal opinion on customers who turn defaulters rather than adding your name and amount to the world’s longest invoice.

Following up with your customers in a scheduled, process-driven manner will ensure the smooth flow of cash into your accounts without you actually having to sound like a broken record.

Have you had experience tackling late payments? Share them with us. We’d love to hear them.