August 21, 2009

Ronin – Track Projects And Invoice Online


In spite of its name, Ronin has little to do with wandering samurai. Instead it keeps everything you need to run your business in one place. The Ronin dashboard is a hub that allows you to manage clients, projects and invoices online. To get started, signup for an account and fill in some basic information about your company. Then you can add projects or clients and begin keeping track.

One of the application’s good features is the live time tracker, which you can enable once you have created a project. This will log the hours you spend on a particular project and link them to your hourly rate so your billing is kept on target. Sending your first invoice is equally easy, as all the information you need can be entered on a single screen. The ability to create estimates is also useful.

While the free version may be too limiting for most people, the other packages make this a useful application for business. With Ronin, you can manage clients (including allowing them to login to the system and see outstanding invoices), recurring invoices and employees. The integration of Paypal and payments seals the deal in making this a worthwhile online invoicing application.

Practical Uses:

  • Track your clients and invoices on the web
  • Understand business income and expenses at a glance
  • Manage and log activity on projects
  • Integrate web based payments for your business

Insider Tips:

  • Use the estimates button to create a bid for a new project
  • Create invoices for repeat jobs with the recurring button
  • Input an hourly rate when creating a new project and you can track time and billing within Ronin
  • Enter additional client information to create an in-depth client profile in a single user-friendly location
  • You can allow clients to login and see their own invoices, which could speed up payment

What we liked:

  • The dashboard provides a great way to keep track of all aspects of your business
  • It’s easy to create recurring invoices
  • Project tracking is simple
  • Integration of online payments makes this really useful

What we didn’t like:

  • The free account is extremely limited


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2008
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Mountain View, CA
  • Founded by: Lu Wang
  • Web site:


  • Free
  • Plans range from $15 to $48 a month


  1. Another alternative: a powerfull sales and purchases, inventory management etc,

    More than a simply online invoicing solution.

    Check in

  2. Perter

    I hate apps when they give FREE accounts only for DEMO purposes, where you can’t simply use them in reality. I checked Ronin and they are not different from others as even their so called FREE account will only allow you to have 2 clients. They should call that the FREE DEMO account or something more meaningful?

    Btw seems Curdbee in your alternative apps list is different as they have a full free offering without any restrictions which I really appreciate. Besides their pricing is even more attractive compared to others mentioned in the list. Thanks for tip!

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