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.
If you haven’t tried invoicing on the go, start by downloading the Zoho Invoice app
Our customers create amazing things at work and at Zoho we build products to help them with it. Our vision when we created Zoho Books and Zoho Invoice was to help business owners manage their finances without being stressed out. Ever since we released the products, we’ve been receiving great feedback and many requests our way. We knew it was time to give them more. So, we made use of all the great feedback and completely re-imagined our product.
We set ourselves three goals and focussed all our energies to create a snappy, lighter and a delightful experience for our customers to come back to every single day.
Get work done faster
By reinventing ourselves, we’ve been able to create a much faster, efficient and powerful app for you. Be it creating your invoices or running your reports, every screen was put under the microscope and redesigned to simplify it further. Information is now more visual and easier to understand.
Do better business with powerful features
The re-architecture has given us an opportunity to add more powerful features, like the client portal (to collaborate with customers and vendors) and also features like attaching expense receipts to track expenses way better than before. Having future-proofed our product, we’re now on a mission to get more features on board for you in the coming months.
Be part of a greater ecosystem
Everything mentioned above has been made possible with our REST APIs. We want to open them up to the world so that developers across the world can create something truly amazing, something even better. This way not only would our customers have awesome integrations but also better ways to add more value to their business.
We’re fine-tuning both the products so we can have them gift-wrapped for you before the New Year! But we couldn’t resist giving you a sneak peek early on.
Go ahead, REGISTER your email address and we’d get back to you on how you can access the new version of Zoho Books and Zoho Invoice
Zoho is headed to Las Vegas this November to attend the 10th Annual Sleeter Conference from November 3rd to 6th, 2013. Sleeter Group organizes this event every year for accountants, consultants, CPA and advisors of small businesses to educate them on the latest technologies in the accounting world.
This year, you will find experts talking to you in ‘General Sessions’, ‘Pre-Conference Workshops‘ and various other product-specific sessions. Zoho will be conducting a Pre-Conference workshop on ‘Effectively Managing Your Customer Information Using Zoho CRM‘. It will be a great session to learn how to unleash Zoho CRM to maximize customer relationships for yours and your client’s business.
You will also find us participating in the Online Accounting Shootout – a discussion panel of accounting vendors. Stop by our booth at #210 if you have any questions for us or for a friendly chat.
Sleeter Conference is the perfect place for you to learn from domain experts and also to network with your peers. We look forward to seeing you in the city of Vegas!
To register for the pre-conference, click here
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.
There 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.
We 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.
Got the 1099 K and wondering what to do with it? 1099 K is a tax form sent by online payment processing companies like PayPal, eBay and the like to report how much sales you made through them in the last calendar year. They fill your basic details with the last years gross sales and send this form to the IRS with a copy to you as well.
Well, I report my income and file my Schedule C. Why this?
IRS is working very hard to bridge the tax gap so that the reported income by individuals is closer to their actual income (which apparently isn’t the case in reality). The 1099K form last year was an attempt to achieve that goal, so that the IRS gets to know first hand how much you earned in online sales.
But why did I get this form and not others?
It looks like your gross sales crossed $20,000 and you have made at least 200 transactions with a payment processor. That is the criteria that the IRS uses to decide who to send it to. If you haven’t received the form, it is perfectly okay. No reason to fret at all!
Alright, what do I have to do now that I got it?
Not much really. Open up your accounting software and reconcile the data. Chances are you would panic when you see the strangely bloated sales number on the 1099K form but make note that these are gross figures and they do not take into account the refunds or returns you made.
Run the Payment Received Report in Zoho Books
There is a nifty report called ‘Payments Received’ in Zoho Books. If you have kept track of all your client payments or better still configured the online payment gateway in your accounting software then this report will list out all the payments received by you.Check out our guide on how to run the Payment Received report.
Remember not to fret if the data doesn’t match as it’s perfectly normal considering its the ‘gross sales’. Your talent hence lies in your extraordinary abilities to keep track of every expense you incurred. It’s all about being awesome at record keeping.
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!