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.