Forget useless desktop apps and piles of paperwork: there are now thousands of small and medium-sized businesses managing all their affairs with online applications. After an exhaustive hunt this week, we’ve rounded up more than 230 of the leading online applications for super-productive companies.
Accounting, Billing, Invoicing, Estimating & Contracts
BillingOrchard - Online billing software that maintains hourly billing time as well as flat fee or recurring billing.
Bill My Clients - A hassle-free way to create and print invoices (you can email them too) and send them via the USPS.
Blinksale - Create elegant invoices using professionally designed templates (or create your own) and send them to anyone with an email address.
Cashboard - Estimating, invoicing and time tracking for you, your employees and subcontractors.
DocuSign - Electronic signature services that allow you to get legally binding electronic signatures on your contracts.
EchoSign - A fast & easy way to get electronic contracts signed.
eSignForms - Online signature platform to make getting signed contracts easier.
Fluttervoice - Create invoices and send them to anyone with email.
FreshBooks - Online invoicing and time tracking that’s easy to use and free to try.
Honeypitch - A proposal automation solution that combines CRM and business productivity tools to allow you to quickly combine a presentation, proposal, estimate and contract that can be negotiated online.
Invoice Genie - Online invoicing, time tracking, contact management, scheduling and financial management software that’s simple and intuitive to use.
Invoices Made Easy - A free invoicing service that allows you to send invoices and have them paid online.
InvoicePlace - Invoicing, payment tracking and quoting from any computer with an internet connection.
invotrak - Track the invoices you send to clients for free.
LessAccounting - Ridiculously simple, intuitive accounting program that is just for accounting and nothing else.
Saasu - Complete online accounting suite with invoices, payroll, purchases, time sheets, inventory, customers, suppliers, prospects & employees.
SantexQ - Time reporting, task management and billing all handled from one place.
Sertifi - Electronic contract delivery and signing.
simplifythis - Invoice your customers and get paid online.
Simplybill - Simplified invoice management without extra features that nobody uses anyway.
Simply Invoices - The simplest way to invoice your time from Basecamp.
The Invoice Machine - Create PDF invoices for free, without having to register or store information (unless you want to).
Time:59 - Web-based billing that includes time and expense tracking, as well as invoicing and accounts receivable.
Vebio - Online accounting designed for freelance professionals, independent contractors, and self-employed people.
Yozons Technology - Electronic signature service.
Xero - Online accounting that’s accessible from anywhere 24/7, with free upgrades, automated bank fees, and no minimum subscription period.
Calendars & Scheduling
Acuity Scheduling - Allow your clients and customers to schedule appointments with you online.
Calendar Hub - Create an online calendar and either keep it private or publish it. You can also search published calendars to find new events to add to your own.
epointment - Online scheduling that can be used by any professional whose business involves appointments, as well as for personal use.
Collaboration & Workgroups
See also: 60+ Collaborative Tools for Groups
Campfire - Password protected group chat rooms that can be created in seconds.
CentralDesktop - Simple project collaboration platform for business teams.
Comapping - Create mind maps that you can share with your colleagues using your browser.
Copper - Web-based project and task management that allows for commercial team collaboration.
Coventi Pages - Create documents and invite others to give you feedback.
Cozimo - Online collaboration on digital media, including images and video; archives a complete record of all content related communications, and has the ability to host live online review sessions.
cyn.in - A web platform for building, collaborating, managing and publishing content that offers solutions for knowledge management, document management, secure online file storage, group collaboration, digital asset management and more.
eProject - Project management software that integrates with Outlook.
HiveLive’s Hive Community 2.0 Platform - Allows your company or workgroup to manage and share information and allows for quick adaptation as needed.
Huddle - Share documents and ideas, plan projects, collaborate with others and manage multiple projects from one interface.
inventionDB - Project-blogging platform that allows anyone to build an online project portfolio and connect with multiple team members, project resources and more.
itensil - An online process modeler, wiki, document manager, process executer, content manager, collaboration tool, and more with a 100% web-based user interface that requires no plug-ins or desktop components.
Joyent Connector Collaboration Suite - Collaboration application suite that features search, tagging, and RSS feeds.
Kayuda - Allows businesses to collaborate on projects.
letsproveVO - A project management and team collaboration web application.
LooseStitch - Online outliner that allows you to share outlines you create.
mind42 - Collaborative web-based mind mapping.
MindQuarry - On-demand, open-source team collaboration platform.
Netcipia - A blog and wiki package designed for workgroup collaboration.
Octopz - Allows collaboration on a range of document types (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, video, audio, animations, Flash files, and more).
OpenTeams - Online hosted collaborative wiki aimed at creating a more entrepreneurial spirit at your company.
Pytagor - Online desktop and web collaboration platform that allows you to access your documents, bookmarks and more online from anywhere.
Synthetron - Brainstorming tool for large organizations that lets up to 1000 participants take part in structured collaborative sessions.
Teamspinner - Online collaboration platform that allows you to create a custom environment for your projects.
TeamWork Live - Secure web-based project management and collaboration that’s intuitive and promotes accountability among team members.
TheOpenDoc - An online collaboration space that allows registered users to create multiple workspaces (each can contain multiple text documents) and then invite multiple users to work on those documents.
TotoExpress - Online content delivery for creative professionals that enables collaboration on documents with clients.
Uhuroo - Online application for teams to share information and collaborate while keeping information secure but still available.
Vyew - A next-generation collaboration and web conferencing service.
WhoDo.es - Online project management that includes a workspace, document repository and journal.
wridea - Create categories to organize your ideas and create online brainstorming sessions.
Conferences, Presentations & Meetings
authorSTREAM - Share your PowerPoint presentation online, and discover presentations that others have created.
Confabb - Confabb is a huge online database of conferences all over the world that allows you to search, track, discuss and review any conference, speaker or session.
Demofuse - Create website tours online, with seamless integration into your site.
Dimdim - Free open source web conferencing platform that allows you to show presentations, applications and your desktop to others over the internet.
Gaboogie - A conference call platform that calls you and your attendees so no one is late again.
PPTExchange - A marketplace where all of your PowerPoint presentations can be shared, exchanged and sold.
PreZentit - Create presentations online and then share and show them.
Screencast-o-Matic - Create a video recording of your screen and host it for free (great for website or software demonstrations).
Slide Aware - PowerPoint presentation lifecycle management.
SlideBurner - Online slideshow sharing.
SlideShare - Publish your slideshows for the world to see, and find & download other people’s slideshows that are of interest to you.
Spresent - Free alternative to PowerPoint that’s web-based and built with Flash.
Thumbstacks.com! - Make and share presentations online.
Viewbook - Online platform for hosting slideshows, presentations, photo albums and portfolios.
Yugma - Free online collaboration with real-time desktop sharing, virtual meetings and more.
Zentation - Upload your presentation videos as well as the accompanying PowerPoint presentations.
Crowdsourcing, Networking, & Community
companyloop - Professional networking service that’s only open to people at your company; use it to share ideas and information with your co-workers.
IconnectE - Network with start-ups, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and others to create more business opportunities for yourself.
introNetworks - Create and manage private business communities with world-class, easy-to-use tools that display relationships between people, companies and products visually.
PartnerUp - Find potential business partners, employees or employers; network with other business people; and find resources for your business and your career.
Referral Key - Create your own referral network of trusted business associates that can provide each other with qualified customer referrals.
Spoke - An open network for business people with access to over 35 million people at more than 900,000 companies; allows you to discover other business people and leverage your professional network to reach your targets.
Visible Path - Search for things you have in common with the people you want to meet in order to form stronger relationships.