Ronin: Online Time Tracking and Invoicing

By / Dec 26, 2009 / Updates
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Here at WDL, we greatly appreciate our sponsors. They help make it possible for us to do what we do, and we feel that all of our sponsors offer services and products that can be very useful to web designers, developers, and online creatives. In order to let you know more about what our sponsors have to offer, we’re going to periodically feature one of them. Today we’re going to tell you about Ronin, an online time tracking and invoicing service.

As a web designer, you might be inclined to think that putting the finishing touches on your deliverable is the last step in your masterpiece. However, there is often one more step that’s just as important as all the rest: sending out an invoice and getting paid. Ronin is a simple, yet powerful online invoicing and time tracking tool built with web designers in mind.

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Ronin let’s you quickly add in your clients and create projects against them. After a project is completed, you can create invoices and have those hours automatically added in as line items. Aside from managing clients, projects, and invoices, you can also send out estimates, which can then be converted into a project when the recipient approves.

While all this pretty much covers the fundamentals of what you’ll need to start tracking your hours and billing for your time, it’s Ronin’s invoice customization feature that is probably most important for web designers. Using HTML, CSS, and some replacement variables, you can craft your invoices to look exactly as you want, which makes it so that the last point of contact with your client is as memorable as your deliverable design. The same customization can also be applied to estimates, which is sometimes your first point of contact and very important for that first impression.

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To round out the features, Ronin offers PayPal and Authorize.Net integration, which means that your clients can pay you online. You can even add a fee on top of your invoice total for paying online, which can be used to offset the costs of using a service like PayPal.

If you’re looking to step up your web design business, take a look at Ronin. A free plan is available for those who are just getting started with a couple of clients and professional plans are available for when you grow. It’s worth a try.

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

4 Comments

  1. Josh
    December 26, 2009

    This looks like a nice tool and I’ll keep this in mind as my design business grows.

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  2. Web Design by 314media.com St. Louis
    December 26, 2009

    Personally I thinik this looks just like Web Invoice plugin for WordPress .. I like the idea, but using a WP plugin; you can keep clients and invoice totals inside WP and keep those clients coming to your site to pay…

    Good article though..

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  3. Matt Fenn
    December 27, 2009

    Ronin looks great, but if you want something that’ll do invoicing, accounting and also project management and CRM stuff in a full business management service for a similar price, then Moobiz http://www.moobiz.com is well worth a look.

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  4. Joe
    December 28, 2009

    Good point Matt. I think Moobiz is a better fit for higher level stuff like PM, CRM, accounting… etc. I also think ICG’s supplier portal is a more geared toward a professional means of settling supply chain transaction disputes.

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