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Many web workers have a need to track expenses – either for client or employer reimbursement, or just to get their taxes right. And most of us have developed some solution for that – sticky notes, spreadsheets, notebooks, and so on. Of course, like just about […]

expens'd - Mozilla Firefox (Build 2008092414)Many web workers have a need to track expenses – either for client or employer reimbursement, or just to get their taxes right. And most of us have developed some solution for that – sticky notes, spreadsheets, notebooks, and so on.

Of course, like just about everything else, you can also track your expenses online. The latest service in this field is expens’d, a simple and free web application. The folks behind expens’d say they were trying to avoid simplicity, and they succeeded: you get instant signup and your own subdomain for free (additional users move you into paid plans), and a way to track name, note, date, and amount for expenses. You can also tag expenses (though I don’t see any tag search yet) and create reports, which can be sent by email to anyone – perhaps the best feature here.

expens’d is entering a fairly crowded field – we looked at Xpenser last year, and more full-featured bookkeeping services like Mint and Freshbooks also offer expense modules. The most promising thing about expens’d is that it’s the first part of a planned suite of SAAS applications – so it’s worth monitoring to see if you can get useful tie-ins to other things.

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By Mike Gunderloy

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  1. Thank you for the write-up Mike. I’m a regular reader of WWD and was excited to see you tried out our app. You kick ass.

    Sincerely,

    Robert Dempsey

  2. Good luck with the new app.
    It’s a crowded field indeed, and only a couple of days ago Quicken made their web-version free.

  3. I saw the announcement on Quicken’s site the other day – they are pitching it as a free service. Anyhow, good luck – the battle is not going to be easy.

  4. Thanks Mike, I’m always eager to try new accounting tools. I use Simply but it’s a little bit over kill for my needs.

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