At this point, there’s no real reason that a business needs to be managed on a sole computer. Thanks to all our mobile devices and the way we work in corporations, we can take care of our business anywhere. iBE.net addresses the needs of businesses large or small that need to get online, so that the smallest businesses can have the same luxurious experiences that the Fortune 500 companies will pay millions for.

In this iBE.net review we will check its claims to be a solution that offers best-in-breed, as well as broad-based solutions. It aims to compete with enterprise resource planning solutions, but is good enough that it also competes with all the best point solutions — like CRM, time/expenses or HCM — because its broad technology suite doesn’t cut on functionality. Let’s take a look.

About iBE.net

iBE.net was founded out of a frustration with old and antiquated technology. The short version is pretty simple: Big companies, like the ones in the Fortune 500, pay for a legion of consultants to adjust their enterprise software. They have the consultants come all over the company to learn their processes and customize it to fit. It’s an expensive, unwieldy process.

iBE.net was built by consultants who were noticing a huge problem. It’s great to have all this customized software tailored for your business, but small or mid-sized businesses couldn’t afford it. It’s too much money for them to pay consultants, and as a result, they’re left with ineffective software for their needs.

iBE.net was built by a team of consultants who want to provide that very same enterprise experience for small and mid-sized companies. Their software is an end-to-end solution that knocks everything else you’ll need out of the park. It’s client, team, time, task and financial management from one extremely sophisticated web app.

Benefits of Using iBE.net

iBE.net comes with a ton of great features, and all of them integrate with each other. Instead of trying to get the software you use to manage clients to play nicely with the software you use to manage your working hours, iBE.net allows you to let them work together. You can denote how many hours you’ve spent on specific projects, and because projects are associated with clients, that helps with invoicing down the road.

And of course, you can handle all the financial needs of your business straight from the suite as well. Since it all links together, not only do you save time, but you end up saving money and avoiding costly errors.

iBE.net is also available as a sophisticated iPhone app, so you can manage every facet of your business from the road. Unlike most business management apps, iBE.net is modern and takes full use of iPhone technologies. I have little doubt in its level of polish and fully expect it to continue getting updates well into the future. The app is free on the App Store.

The Basics: What Does It Look Like?

iBE.net benefits from having a website that’s user friendly and comfortably familiar to anybody on a Windows or Mac computer. As a web app, it works quickly and smoothly.

The web app is broken down into several categories, all organized on the top of the screen. Panes on the left give handy widgets for stuff like recent items, calendars or time trackers. This is a consistent view that really benefits from tight integration with each part of its own software.

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In other words, once you familiarize yourself with one part of iBE.net, you’ve familiarized yourself with all of it. All the elements work together to create a cohesive whole.

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Managing employees doesn’t feel any different from adding a client. And time management feels very similar to financial management. These are things that professional suites strive for.

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If there’s any one thing that I would wish for, it would be for some brighter colors and higher-resolution images. The website could look a little better on an iPad than it does, but that’s not a serious complaint so much as it is an observation. These things always get better with time.

Support Information

Rarely have I been so impressed with a support team as I have been with iBE.net. These guys go well above and beyond the call of duty. As soon as you sign up for even a trial account, you’ll get an email asking about booking a 20–30 minute phone call to help you tailor iBE.net to your business’ specific needs.

Support is always a phone call, email, or even an online ticket submission away. It was always very quick and I’m thrilled to say that I can highly recommend the service based on that alone. Because they’re so eager to work with you, I’m confident that any business can have a unique experience that’s perfect for their needs.

Pricing Information

The pricing is extremely reasonable for an iBE.net account. For 1–3 users, you can get a free account with all the frills you need to manage your business. As a freelancer and the owner of a small firm, I love that option. A team of up to 9 people will cost $75 a month, and beyond that, iBE.net requires you ask for a quote, which they maintain is highly competitive compared with other end-to-end solutions, and is more comparable to the cost of a single point solution.

The Bottom Line

Nobody deserves to be using an enterprise system that isn’t meant for them, and nobody should have to. iBE.net is one of the best web apps available for end-to-end business management, and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for an easier way to get your work done and your team more organized.