Web work is fun, but getting paid is important too, and if you’re an independent there’s no accounting department to handle that for you. A relatively new application, Cashboard, offers a new take on this essential activity perfect for those who use the web as their operating system.
Cashboard handles more of the process than most time-tracking applications. It covers creating and sending client estimates, tracking time (either by direct data entry, through using a Mac dashboard widget, or through integration with a standalone OS X application – there’s no Windows integration yet), and creating, sending, and tracking invoice status. It does all this in a fairly obvious interface of tabs and tables.
There are lots of little touches here that make it obvious that Cashboard is being built by web workers for web workers. One that will be big for many users is Basecamp integration: if you use Basecamp, Cashboard can share projects and tasks, and then invoice for time that you record in Basecamp. Other nice finishing bits include multi-currency support, weekly timesheet entry for quick catchup when you’ve been lazy about recording things, and an accounting view that shows you outstanding invoices.
You can try Cashboard with one project for free. Paid plans (which are half price while they’re in beta) run from $7/month for 7 active projects to $40/month for 100 active projects.