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It's surprising how cumbersome it can be to deal with invoicing.. keeping track of billing, who has paid, who hasn't. Not HARD, just one more thing to put a kink in the flow of things in the day.

 

I've recently switched to Freshbooks.com which I've been very happy with. With a couple clicks, I can make an invoice and send it via email or post. Clients are send a link with a secure log-in where they can see exactly what I am billing, and even dispute it if you give them the option (which I don't, heh). I can see my current billing at a glance, keep track of hours from anywhere that I can get to the Internet. I can track who has viewed their invoice and when. It's cool.

 

Prior to freshbooks, I was using crappy Word documents, saving copies of them storing them in a folder. Sucked.

 

The only thing I am wondering is if the pricing @ $14/month for Freshbooks is really worth it. Just curious if people have a better solution that they use.

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It's surprising how cumbersome it can be to deal with invoicing.. keeping track of billing, who has paid, who hasn't. Not HARD, just one more thing to put a kink in the flow of things in the day.

 

I've recently switched to Freshbooks.com which I've been very happy with. With a couple clicks, I can make an invoice and send it via email or post. Clients are send a link with a secure log-in where they can see exactly what I am billing, and even dispute it if you give them the option (which I don't, heh). I can see my current billing at a glance, keep track of hours from anywhere that I can get to the Internet. I can track who has viewed their invoice and when. It's cool.

 

Prior to freshbooks, I was using crappy Word documents, saving copies of them storing them in a folder. Sucked.

 

The only thing I am wondering is if the pricing @ $14/month for Freshbooks is really worth it. Just curious if people have a better solution that they use.

 

Invoicing makes it feel like you've got two jobs. I deal with it this way- I keep a calendar with days and clients marked, so I know at a glance how much to invoice for a job. I write the invoices at the end of a job, or monthly if it's a long-term job. I put a number on each invoice, and I've got a tracking document that notes the invoice number, client, amount invoiced, whether they have paid or not, and date invoice was sent.

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Dude, get quicken home & business or quickbooks simple start.

 

Seriously, I got that crap, and I don't spend any time on my billing stuff any more. There was a learning curve, but now I spend a fraction of the time dealing with invoicing.

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Dude, get quicken home & business or quickbooks simple start.

 

Seriously, I got that crap, and I don't spend any time on my billing stuff any more. There was a learning curve, but now I spend a fraction of the time dealing with invoicing.

 

Considering the $200 up front vs. the $14/month...I wonder if the Quickbooks or Quicken software needs frequent upgrades. They don't seem to make that very clear.

 

I do a lot of on-site work.. so it's great being able to enter my time right in to my invoicing system. Hmmm hmm hmmm.

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Considering the $200 up front vs. the $14/month...I wonder if the Quickbooks or Quicken software needs frequent upgrades. They don't seem to make that very clear.

 

I do a lot of on-site work.. so it's great being able to enter my time right in to my invoicing system. Hmmm hmm hmmm.

 

One of my clients uses simplestart online version - she's pretty happy with it.

 

I use quickbooks home & biz because I wanted something for all my finances, not just billing. Slightly weaker billing features, but I've got a pretty nice system worked out. You can e-mail, print, or turn your invoices into a PDF, which is great because my different clients want to be invoiced in different ways, and this pretty much covers all the bases.

 

What's also nice about Home & Biz is tracking your income vs spending. Sounds like a giant pain in the ass, but seriously, once you're all set up and you've got it figured out, you'll only spend a few minutes dealing with it every day.

 

My biggest complaint is that sometimes there are issues connecting to my bank account online. As far as upgrading, they come out with a new version every year, but I hear you don't really need to upgrade but every 3 years. They disable your software's online abilities after 3 years for "security" reasons...

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i use...

 

Blinksale for invoicing

 

and

 

Quicken for keeping track of business expenses. I also have Pocket Quicken on the Treo which syncs nicely with my desktop.

 

all that then goes to my accountant at the end of the year, who i pay a handsome fee to do my taxes.

 

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It's surprising how cumbersome it can be to deal with invoicing.. keeping track of billing, who has paid, who hasn't. Not HARD, just one more thing to put a kink in the flow of things in the day.

 

I've recently switched to Freshbooks.com which I've been very happy with. With a couple clicks, I can make an invoice and send it via email or post. Clients are send a link with a secure log-in where they can see exactly what I am billing, and even dispute it if you give them the option (which I don't, heh). I can see my current billing at a glance, keep track of hours from anywhere that I can get to the Internet. I can track who has viewed their invoice and when. It's cool.

 

Prior to freshbooks, I was using crappy Word documents, saving copies of them storing them in a folder. Sucked.

 

The only thing I am wondering is if the pricing @ $14/month for Freshbooks is really worth it. Just curious if people have a better solution that they use.

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Man I use blinksale and love it. Not to sound cheezy, but I don't know how I got along with doing it manually before. You can automate billing cycles, assign tags to jobs, include paypal payment links, etc. It's great, and pretty cheap (like 6 bucks a month).

 

Blinksale

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Nobody uses iBiz?

I've had iBiz and iBank for about 3 years now (iBiz was iWork before Apple bought the name from him). Development gets better and better. v3 looks like it will clean up some of the UI problems I had with v2.

 

I have a problem with doing that stuff off-site.

 

-m

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I've actually was doing the word doc thing like graymachine - I just switched to "Billable" by a company called "Clickable Bliss" it's pretty cool - and has a nice interface and organizational system. You can try it out for 30 days free from their site. It's got a built in time tracker (click start and stop to keep track of hours) but I don't use it. I just bill by half and full days or per project.

link- http://clickablebliss.com/billable

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