4 Free Business Accounting Tools To Use In 2013

Keeping track of accounts on paper is still practical, but only for companies with few transactions. Most businesses of today have dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of transactions to account for each day. Without a computerized accounting software, this can get overwhelming and lead to inaccuracies. 

The software/tools can help you in tax planning, bookkeeping, expense tracking etc. and each of them can be used to create files that can be given to clients, investors and other parties related to the business. They are also industry approved and feature security options such as password protection.
However, it is important to note that software tools are not replacements for professional tax administrators who know finance laws inside out. Paymatters, for instance, helps contractors and freelancers save time and money by managing accounts, administration and taxes. They also offer automated timesheets and similar software shortcuts.

On the other hand, accounting tools still have a role to play when it comes to the basics. Here are some free, basic accounting tools available for businesses:

1. QuickFile

QuickFile

This software comes with robust features and an easy to understand instruction manual. With QuickFile, a branded dashboard can be created for clients and they can access it to see invoices, make queries and pay directly. The same dashboard can be used to check client balances, bad debts and email messages.

QuickFile also provides a way to make professional invoices and inventory items on the go. There is also an option to upload bank statements and the software will categorize the transactions automatically. The software is free to use.


2. Kashoo

Kashoo

This accounting software can be used to accept payments, see reports, print check documents and make invoices. It comes with multi-currency support and the exchange rates are frequently updated. The user can also reconcile bank data after signing up and the software creates several useful reports such as change logs, transaction logs and profit and loss statements.

The complied data can be accessed by business partners, clients and stakeholders free of cost. Kashoo is offered in the cloud and there’s also a compatible iPad app that can be used to access all the features. However, it does not offer project tracking and collaboration tools. While there’s no cost for accessing any of the features, there’s a limit of 20 transactions per month.


3. Wave

Wave Apps

Wave accounting software can be used to create sales tax, balance sheets, A/P and a lot of other reports. The data created by this software can be synchronized anywhere and there’s no limit on invoicing. It seamlessly integrates with payroll and there’s also an option to accept payments in foreign currency.

The software relies on 256-bit data encryption and stores the data in servers that are secure. The protocols have been certified by Thawte and TrustE. All the features offered by Wave are free to use without any obligations.


4. TurboCASH Accounting

TurboCash

This is community developed software that can be used for invoicing, general ledger management, VAT accounting and plenty of other account-based reports. It can be accessed by multiple users at the same time.

Registered users also get access to the TurboCASH forum where they can discuss issues faced when using the tool. It’s free to use on several computers because of its open source nature.
How to you handle business accounting? Feel free to leave comments. 

How To Make A Mobile Version Of Your Blog For FREE

With the number of people online, using mobile phones is increasing day by day it has become very important to have a mobile version of your own blog. After writing the post on mobile marketing on my blog I realized that there are a lot of bloggers out there who don’t know to set up a mobile version of their blogs so I decided to write this post.

But before I jump into the step-by-step guide let me walk you through why it is important to have a mobile version of your blog.

You may already have seen that mega websites like Facebook, Google and other big blogs like Huffington Post, How-To-Geek, Famous Bloggers etc have mobile version of their website. Its because of the fact that more people hang around with their mobile and use it for browsing the Internet and finding stuff now a days like never before.

These big brands know the value of having mobile version of their website and so should you. Today with more people using mobile than internet (according to a study) you need to have a mobile version of your blog so that if the visitors somehow stumble on your website using their mobile phone, your blog looks clean and loads up fast.

There are a lot of disadvantages of a desktop based websites/blog when loaded using a mobile phone. Some of them are:

  • Large Page Sizes – As the desktop version of a website/blog contains a lot of stuff, the page size is very large especially when we talk about loading them up in a mobile browser.
  • More Page Load Time – Large sized WebPages need more time to load and as the speed of internet on mobile phones is limited, the load time can piss off your visitors.
  • More content – In the desktop version of your website you have all sorts of different components such as sidebar, footer, fancy css and java scripts etc. These cause distraction when browsing your blog using a mobile browser as the size of the screen is very small.

So it’s best to have a mobile version of your blog so that your visitors will feel more comfortable browsing through and read your content. After all helping visitors solve their problem is the only thing that is going to make them stick with you. Isn’t it?

So let me process to the step-by-step guide.

Step-By-Step Guide To Create A Mobile Version Of Your Blog In WordPress For FREE

If you have finally made up your mind that you need a mobile version of your WordPress blog follow these instructions and by the end of this post you’d have made your own mobile version blog.

1. Go to Plugins > Add Plugins from your WordPress backend and search for WordPress Mobile Pack. This plugin automatically detects when a user is trying to access your blog using a mobile phone and redirects to the optimized mobile version of your blog.

Step 1

2. From the list of results install WordPress Mobile Pack and click Activate button to install the plugin that comes on the next page.

Step 2

3. After installing the plugin, go to Appearance. You’ll see three new tabs there Mobile Theme, Mobile Widget and Mobile Switcher. These are used to configure how your mobile website looks. First go to Mobile Themes. In this page you have all the necessary options to make changes to you mobile blog. Keep in mind to make the following changes to the setting for best results.

Step 3

4. Now get your mobile phone and try to open your website from its browser. You’ll see the difference. All the fluff is gone and only pure content is left.

5. There are two more options that this plugin provides: Mobile Widget – which is used for enable  widget and Mobile Swithcer – which is used for selecting a theme. I don’t recommend enabling the sidebar widgets as it creates hindrance and does not look good.

6. The website looks raw when you first install it with just text in it. You can change the theme using the Mobile Switcher. There are four themes to choose from. Choose the one that suits your blog the most.

This way you can convert your desktop based blog in to a mobile version blog. If you are an advanced user and know about HTML and CSS then you can go to Themes > Editor and customize the theme as per your requirement. This gives you the power to add your blog’s logo, alter font sizes and color of the mobile version blog.

So after installing the plugin and tweaking up the source files a bit, here how my blog now looks like on a mobile browser:

Before-after

How To Get Free Social Intranet For Your Startup

Running a Startup? Then you must have known Bitrix24, a free social enterprise platform for small businesses. Bitrix is a company dedicated to exceptionally high standards and to the need among SMBs for advanced business communications platforms to bridge them with their customers (Internet), partners (Extranet) and employees (Intranet).

Bitrix24 is a new SaaS product based on Bitrix Intranet and features flexible collaboration modules, highly simplified deployment procedures, and advanced security mechanisms. Now here is a chance for you to get a free Social Intranet for your startup. Just fo the following steps.

  • First you have to create and name your own Bitrix24 social intranet. You can start it by registering a free account there
  • After creating your Bitrix24 account, add few details about you and your team in this form.
  • bitrix24 form

  • After reviewing your information they’ll confirm your startup status. Then they’ll switch your free subscription to a special 1-year startup license so that you can benefit from all the exciting tools and features of their service absolutely free of charge!

Why Bitrix24?

  • Set up your Social Intranet with a bult-in CRM in just 2 minutes for free.
  • Create and manage an unlimited number of projects.
  • Share files and discuss ideas with your colleagues and partners.

If you are running a startup, then you should check Bitrix24. Do tell us your views in the comments below.

Why Choose Premium Over Free WordPress Plugins

free vs premium wp pluginsWhen the platform for Blogging is WordPress, every user knows the word ‘Plugins’. WordPress plugins are easy-to-add tools that add advanced functionality to any WordPress site. Such functionalities are either very hard to develop by normal users (users who are not developers) or just something they cannot think of. Therefore the need of a plugin, that can be used by any WordPress site-owner, arises.

WordPress plugins can be gotten in two different ways – paying for them and then installing them or downloading the free plugins available. Both premium and free plugins are available in hundreds of numbers over the web. Following reasons will explain as to why choose premium (paid) plugins over free plugins.

Outstanding Functions And Features

Premium plugins are charged for a reason. The reason, if put in a simple manner, is that the development takes days or weeks of coding. Learning those codes might have taken months and must have been expensive if learnt from expert tools. All the learning and expertise is then put into the development of the plugin – therefore it has to be paid for in order to use it.

Premium plugins are always built by experts and professional developers and therefore the functionality within is always top-notch. Free plugins might have a part of the total functions in premium plugins, but never better than them. For example, premium membership plugins such as WP eStore and s2Member PRO have far better functions and features than free membership plugins such as “Membership“.

Lifetime Updates

Most, if not all, premium plugins update on a frequent basis (if applicable) or along with the core WordPress updates that often come out a few times around the year. Updates are very important especially for plugins that have a lot of features. The reason for this is that the users might demand different or additional styles/features for a specific feature of the plugin than the current version possesses. In such cases, plugin developers often update the plugins with the required.

If no demands or requests are coming in, the plugins are yet updated because of the compatibility with the latest WordPress version (for example – 3.5 i.e. the latest major update).

Most of the premium plugins can be updated from within the WordPress dashboard itself, therefore the users are not required to do any hard work.

Advanced Support

Customers are the first priority for any service provider right? Henceforth, developers of premium plugins always provide top-notch and extremely good support for the users. Be it a small common-sense query, or a major query that might require to tweak the codes – the support is always provided. Popular plugins often have support teams who’s only job is to take care of the customers.

Premium plugins often have organized platforms for the users to reach the support team. Tools such as live chat, email ticket system, forums (very popular) etc. are used to provide stress-free support.

Winding Up

Although I do use free plugins myself, I try to go premium if I’m convinced that I would get better features and all the other stuff mentioned above. Investing for your blog is always beneficial provided that the tools/services invested into have a potential to do something good for you and your blog – if not sooner, then definitely later.

This article is written by Raaj Trambadia. He is an active person looking for nothing more than simple ways of enjoying my life. He writes on my blog – My Blog Is My Money where he shares tips on how to Make Money Blogging. If you wish to write for HBB, kindly check this.

Get TeamWox Free of Charge for the Public Sector

Teamwox saas free public sectorEarlier we shared an exclusive review about TeamWox and how it benefits you. Now here is a good news for you, TeamWox is now available completely Free of Charge for the Public Sector. Previously they offered TeamWox to the Public Sector under a special license at a reduced price. TeamWox is a highly efficient cloud based enterprise management system.

This offer is for any Public Sector enterprise worldwide and they’ll get a fully featured Enterprise Management System completely free of charge. Access to the modern management technologies is no longer be limited by the IT budget. The entire Public Sector is given a unique opportunity to modernize and streamline their entire work-flow process.

Gaies Chreis, COO of MetaQuotes Software Corp says,

“We aim to ensure that all companies can provide the best possible service, regardless of their affiliation with either public or private sector. We have already initiated a program for assisting Educational Institutions by allowing them to receive TeamWox for Free. Over 200 organizations have availed of this offer thus far and successfully use the latest technologies in management. We are sure that by further expanding our «TeamWox for Free!» offer, it will also be in high demand amongst Public Sector institutions”.

TeamWox deals with Educational, Governmental and Municipal enterprises. The entire Public Sectors like Governmental or Municipal organizations are striving to optimize its work-flow process by introducing modern Business Management systems. Such Public Sectors will get free fully-featured TeamWox Business Collaboration software. This license will be issued for an unlimited number of users and covers all updates and technical support which is offered via the public forum. They have to provide legal documents issued by a regulatory authority to confirm its Public Sector status.

TeamWox is implemented in the form of a cloud, which makes the storage stuffs more easier to access and making it unlimited. Now you can Apply and Get TeamWox Collaboration Software for free.

10+ Best Websites To Watch Free Movies Online (Updated)

Watching free movies online? That too legally? If you have a good internet connection then you can watch HD quality movies online without any issues. Instead of downloading them you can watch them online. You don’t have to worry about finding a good torrent online, start to download them, and wait for some hours to watch them.

In this article we have mentioned some 10+ best websites to watch free movies online. Just search for your favorite movie there and if it is available, you can watch them right away. In this list I found YouTube and Crackle to be more impressive. You can also check out other websites, they contain hundreds of free good movies. You have to register on all these sites to watch the movies. You can also check out their trailers before watching.

Watching free movies online? That too legally? If you have a good internet connection then you can watch HD quality movies online without any issues. Many users face issues like exodus no stream available or Netflix streaming problems. So, Instead of downloading them you can watch them online.

FEATURED – MYDOWNLOADTUBE

MyDownloadTube is one of the best websites to find all latest movies in HD quality. It supports streaming and download with just simple clicks, no registration hassle, you can easily find your content with Direct IntelliSense search, in addition to sort and filter movies according to genre.

MyDownloadTube

1. Streaming Sites

Want to figure out which is the best streaming website for you? Then this is the destination for you. StreamingSites.com has a wonderful collection of all the best streaming websites available out there. Let it be for sports, live TV, movies, etc. Do check this and find the one you like.

Streaming Sites


2. YouTube Movies

YouTube is a popular video sharing website owned by Google. It allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube has a section called “Movies” you can watch hundreds of good movies online.

youtube movies


3. IMDb

IMDb is a popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content. You can find good number of full-length movies here.

imdb


4. Bigflix

Bigflix is India’s premier movies on demand service offering 1000+ movies in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Punjabi and many other Indian languages. You can find some good free movies here.

bigflix


5. BobMovies.TV

BobMovies is an interesting portal to check out movies, serials, and cartoons. You can even find top IMDb movies here and watch them online quickly. You can also filter by genres accordingly.

BobMovies TV


6. Hulu Movies

Hulu is a website and over-the-top (OTT) subscription service offering ad-supported on-demand streaming videos. Using Hulu Movies you can watch trailers, movies, and documentaries free online. You can stream instantly on your computer.

hulu movies


7. Showbox App

Showbox App is another interesting app for watching movies & video content online. ShowBox APK for Windows and Mac can be accessed using Chrome’s remote screen access feature.

Showbox App


8. Veoh

Veoh is a premier watch movies online provider that you and your whole family are sure to love. Veoh is an Internet television company based in San Diego, California.

veoh


9. Watch Movie Stream

Watch Movie Stream is a popular online movie streaming website that offers thousands of free online movies to watch online. Currently the site has over 17000 movies and is constantly getting bigger. Users can watch in films high definition and stream full movies in the sites branded player.

WatchMovieStream


10. Moving Image Archive

Archive’s Moving Images library consists of free movies, films, and videos. This library contains thousands of digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.

moving image archive


11. Crackle

Crackle is full length, full force entertainment for the connected guy – free and on demand. Crackle specializes in hand picked movies, TV shows and original programming in guys’ favorite genres – like action, sci-fi, horror, crime and comedy.

crackle


12. MovieScout

MovieScout is open movie database that allows to watch movies online without downloading. Browse millions of films and get free streaming links.

MovieScoutTV


13. Flixster

Flixster has full-length streaming movies you can watch online. Flixster is an online community allowing users to share movie ratings, discover new movies, learn about movies, and meet others with similar tastes.

flixster movies


14. TopMovies Stream Portal

Topmovies is a movie database that allows you to browse millions of releases and get full information like director, actors, storyline, budget, producing companies etc. Our portal provides you with links where you will be able to watch or to stream movies online.

Top Movies


15. Indie Movies Online

Watch Free Movies online legally in high definition. IndieMoviesOnline allows you to watch movies online with full length streaming of free movies. Also get the latest film news and movie reviews.

indie movies online


16. Viewster

VIEWSTER is a video on demand service from VIEWSTER Ltd., Switzerland. VIEWSTER offers an attractive choice of up-to-date feature films, series and film star interviews, all viewable at any time on up to five different devices of your choice.

viewster


17. Blinkbox

Blinkbox is the UK’s leading on-demand movie streaming service. You can watch movies online and free TV shows at blinkbox. You can choose from blockbusters, indies and everything inbetween.

blinkbox


18. Jaman

Jaman has hundreds of free movies online. View these films free online with streaming. A great selection of action, adventure, Bollywood, classic, comedy and so on. Jaman is a company that offers view on demand of media on the internet.

Jaman


19. BoxTV

(Shared by Sachin Jain)

BoxTV.com is a premium video service which allows users to stream movies, TV shows and short films directly on to their computer, smartphone or tablet. You can also watch some cool free movies here.

boxtv


20. Spuul

(Shared by Sachin Jain)

Using Spuul you can watch latest Indian movies and TV free online. Enjoy Hindi movies from Bollywood as well as movies in Bengali, Tamil, Malyalam, Bhojpuri and other regional languages.

spuul


According to DreamyTricks, Netflix and Prime Video are the best ones for watching TV series without any quality compromise.

If you have a good internet connection you can easily watch these movies without any streaming movies. Suffering from bad net connection? Then these posts will be helpful I guess.

  • 5 Simple Steps To Faster Broadband Connection
  • HOW TO: Get The Best From Slow Internet Connection

So which is your favorite site for watching movies online? Do you have any other cool websites? Kindly share them in the comments below.

Monitor Your Websites & Servers From 15 Locations Worldwide [FREE]

If you own a website or blog, then the term ‘uptime’ and ‘downtime’ are quite familiar to you. The bigger your site is, the more problems it’ll cause. Remember what happens when your customer or client wants to make a purchase on your site but to their disappointment finds your site down or not functioning properly. Guess what happens next? You’ll lose potential customers.

It is not quite easy to check your website’s uptime every time and getting notified you when your site is unreachable. I came across several website monitoring services, but they lack features like real time notification email or SMS alert. But Monitor Scout is a revolution in website monitoring, providing all the required features.

Key Features of Monitor Scount – Why You Should Try it

  • Top class external website & server monitoring.
  • Threshold notifications for CPU, RAM, HDD, NIC and processes.
  • Global monitoring network.
  • Instant notifications via Email and SMS.
  • Supports several applications and protocols.
  • Dedicated and high knowledge technical support.

Manage Your Server Health

Server Health


Exclusive Reports & Analysis

Monitor Scout has exclusive analysis tools to store your monitoring and server health data. They provide in-depth reports for more productivity and reduce downtime. They provide data in several manners.

1. Uptime graphs monitors, devices and average account uptime.

2. Latency graphs for all monitors and locations.

3. Usage and performance graphs for Memory, CPU, Network interfaces, Hard disks, and processes.

4. Alerts with detailed information of location, monitor, device, downtime in time and recovery.

You can analyze this information to improve proactive efforts to reduce down time and in the end improve uptime even more.


Server Monitoring

Being a free uptime monitoring service, they are not restricted to few services. They let you monitor your site’s uptime on different protocols. They provide monitoring checks like Ping Monitor, HTTP Monitor, FTP Monitor, IMAP Monitor and many more monitoring checks. You can check other different ways they monitor in Monitor Scout Monitoring page.

Monitor Scout will be essential for blogs having huge user base and traffic. It alerts you whenever there is an increase in server usage and you can take the required steps for preventing downtime.


Intuitive interface

monitor scount interface

This is one of the best interfaces I have seen. They have something called “Device Tree”, which makes your monitoring easy and gives you a clear overview of all devices and sub groups that you have set up. They also have straightforward graphs using which you can easily understand uptime statistics and alert timetables effortless.

Overall this is a great service for which you should give a try. If you care about your site’s uptime, then this is must for you.

Download Free DVD Burner For Mac OS X

Apple Mac OS X default CD or DVD Writing software may not be user friendly for many. And you dont have to shell out some money to buy a software on app store as you can find the best CD or DVD writing software from third party websites. If you are looking for free software to burn dvd on Mac OS X, then here we got an excellent and simple utility that comes handy.

Burn: Free DVD Burner for Mac OS

Burn is a free app that comes for Mac OS X with very simple interface to be the best dvd burner for mac.
DVD Burner for Mac OS

The simple interface is one big success that people love this utility to burn CD or DVD easily. If you like to write data disc then choose the first tab and select the files that you want to burn on your CD or DVD. Audio and Video got separate tabs as well.

Burn DVD Mac

Burn Copy, is a simple DVD to DVD or CD to CD Copying utility where it best suited for Disc Images burning process.
DVD Copy feature works super fast and you dont have to try out any paid programs for just copying a disc to your local hard drive or to another disc. You may connect another USB Drive and copy dvd to dvd or cd to cd quickly using Burn Tool for Mac.

Burn is a freeware and can be downloaded from its official download page. I hope this software has saved your time and money. Will bring more this kind of freewares for your Mac and do subscribe to our Feeds or Like us at Facebook to stay updated.

This article is written by Robin. He is a Freelance Content Writer and Blogger, who also works for DVDFab. Premium software always performs best when it comes to video and audio converting.

5+ Free Awesome Online Photo Editing Tools

If you do not have a good photo editing tool in your PC or you are unable to buy a paid software such as Photoshop then you can fulfill your basic image editing requirements with online image editing tools. The major advantage of online image editing software is that you can access these apps anywhere.

1. Fotor

Fotor

Fotor was launched in May of 2012 and has from the very beginning brought powerful, easy to use photo editing tools into the hands of anyone and everyone with an internet connection. Utilizing cloud computing to provide a suite of image processing tools ranging from basic cropping to HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing, Fotor has made professional-level photo editing accessible to everyday users through a clean, intuitive interface and workflow.


2. Prntscr

prntsrc

prntscr.com is a fantastic website having a powerful image editing tool. The interface of this tool matches with Photoshop a lot. it is a very light weight online image editor and loads very quickly. It includes basic as well as advanced image editing tools such as polygon lasso with feather, smudge, blur, magic wand and gradient etc. This tool also supports layers.


3. Aviary

aviary

It is another pretty useful online tool with many advanced editing features such as polygon lasso with feather, magic wand, paint brush, smudge, blur, sharpen etc. You can also apply a lot of filter effects available such as jitter, dither and metal glow. This tools also supports multiple layers.


4. Picnick

picnik

Picknic is a special image optimizer as well as decorator tool. This tool has a nice user interface and quite different from others. Though this tool lacks some basic tools such as selection tools but if we talk about image decoration and image optimization it is really a very nice online tool. You can adjust colors,auto fix,crop,rotate the image. With its smart photo decoration section you can frame photo,type in different font styles,add symbols and can add some special occasional stamps.


5. Online-image-editor

online-image-editor

It is a basic online image editor with some cool features such as image animated masks, image borders, image format changer and overlay image. You can resize and crop your images. You can also add frame and overlay to your images. If your image is a GIF animation  you can also add transparency.


6. Phixr

phixr

It is a lovely online photo editor with some great features. It has all necessary tools to enhance and decorate a photograph such as color balance, color mixer, red eye removal, photo mixing, speech bubbles etc. I like its round corner tool and you can create round corners for any image easily with desired radius. Besides its loveliest feature is ready-made greeting cards and you can embed your photo in any available greeting card.


Now please let us know what do you think about these online photo editor tools. Do you like this type of online applications?

This article is written by Sharik. He is a professional blogger who blogs at Medicscientist. If you wish to write for HBB, kindly check this.