Free Business Idea of the Day: A SMS-Based Budgetbot

Here is my free business idea of the day. It would be straightforward to take Lifehacker’s AIM BudgetBot and turn it into a more robust paid (or ad-supported) service for SMS-based budgeting and expense tracking. I hacked it myself into something I use, but it should be broader service.

So, why this approach? Well, because the trouble with expense tracking is a) that it needs to occur at point-of-expense, which implies mobile device, but b) you don’t want it tied to any particular mobile device (because what happens if you change?). The Budgetbot approach solves both problems.

So … one, two, three — go.


  1. I provide a very simple service which easily manages the way you manage your money, using SMS in Bangalore. Though I am not using BudgetBot, the concept remains similar.
    So, if you are in Bangalore, just message “REGISTER” to “98446activ” or “9844622848”.
    For more info you can also check out

  2. Broad use would probably be easier to obtain through a GUI…? Flash Lite seems interesting (for its “mobile footprint“), although the Opera Platform might be a promising avenue (it transforms AJAX apps into mobile app – Nokia Series 60 for now, Windows SmartPhone and presumably other devices will be later supported).

  3. i ve personally tried it out…. thanks activ for helping me manage my money better :)