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.

Time To Reconcile 1099K

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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?Reconcile-1099k
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.

Get Paid Online With Stripe!

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accept-payment-through-stripe-gatewayYour customer has a credit card and as a freelancer or small business owner, you would like to make the payment process as simple as possible. Our solution to you – Stripe.

Zoho Books and Zoho Invoice is now integrated with Stripe online payment gateway. A feature which was much requested by our customers is now available for users in US and Canada.

 

Integrating with Stripe was a bliss in itself, thanks to their extensive documentation and well thought out simple API. Configuring Stripe to receive payments for your invoice is straightforward and absolutely painless.

  • Head over to the Settings section (Zoho Books and Zoho Invoice)
  • Click open the ‘Online Payment gateways’.
  • Choose the currency and mention the ‘live secret key’ from your Stripe account.
  • Click Setup and you are good to go.

Accept online payment with Stripe

We are hoping this addition is going to bring our customers one step closer to getting paid faster. With Stripe on board, our invoicing software and accounting software now allow customers to receive online payment through five different payment gateways.

If you haven’t tried the online payment option yet, this is a good time to send out your first invoice with the online payment link. Then sit back and enjoy the Benjamins rolling in.

Just In: Read-Only Mode for Zoho Invoice and Zoho Books

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Continuing from where we left off on the Read-Only mode update for Zoho services, we are happy to announce that Zoho Invoice and Zoho Books services too are now running in read-only mode from our secondary data center in the New York metro region. You can access the services via the below mentioned URL’s.

Zoho Invoice: https://invoice-ro.zoho.com

Zoho Books : https://books-ro.zoho.com

What you’ll see here is an exact replica of your data which is stored in our secondary data center. If an unexpected outage renders the primary data center inaccessible, you’ll still be able to access the read-only mode of your account.

What you can do : Search any record you want,  run unlimited reports and also export various entities like the invoices list, estimates list, Items list etc.,

What you can’t do: As this is a read-only mode, you will not be able to add, edit or delete any record. Integration with other applications like Zoho CRM or Zoho Project is also not possible as it involves adding or modifying records.

We understand the importance of having access to your data all the time, therefore we wanted to kick in the read-only mode to our customers as soon as possible. Go ahead and bookmark (Ctrl+D) the website links and access it anytime you want.

Customer Spotlight – Brandography loves the efficient Zoho Invoice

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Four year old Brandography is bringing in a scientific approach to web marketing. Website marketing has been synonymous to creativity for a very long time and still is. A while ago, we had a chat with Jason Dailey, founder of Brandography, a long time customer of Zoho Invoice.

He says,

Effectively managing someone’s website necessitates a blend of scientific experiments to determine what works best and requires commitment to continue striving to achieve new (and greater) levels of success metrics.

With a 11 member team, Brandography achieves a gargantuan task of creating, executing and managing online marketing campaigns for several of their customers. Time is of essence here and Jason says,

“As a business owner, Zoho has saved me a lot of time, headaches and the need to hire additional staff.”

Jason has been using our online invoice software for a very long time now. He’s able to send invoices on the go from his mobile app and also receive instant payments as Zoho Invoice is integrated with popular online payment gateways. Read our latest Customer Spotlight on Jason and Brandography where he talks about Brandography’s beginning, tips for young entrepreneur and how Zoho applications have helped him save heaps of time to be able to do what he loves doing.

PayPal Payflow Pro : New addition in the gateway list

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Zoho Invoice and Zoho Books now support PayPal Payflow Pro payment gateway. You can configure Payflow Pro as your online payment option and have your customers make online payment on the same page without being redirected to any other site.

​​​​If you are from US, CPayflow Proanada, New Zealand or Australia and your company processes large number of transactions on a daily basis, then Payflow Pro is a good choice for you. Your customers will love you too as they don’t have to wait in the long queue to make their payment.

​​Payflow Pro requires you to have an Internet Merchant Account, essentially an account that handles the funds received via credit card payment from your customer. The real beauty with Payflow Pro is the extensive reporting it offers. It lets you know the payment status and their customer support is always available to troubleshoot any questions you have for them.

Online Payment Gateway

Read more about Payflow Pro and find out if it suits your business needs.  While you are at it, also check out other payment gateways that we support – PayPal -  Standard and Business payments, Google Checkout and Authorize.Net.  Read more on how to set up the online gateway in Zoho Invoice and Zoho Books and quickly start receiving online payments from your customers.