Once you start providing services for more high-end and professional clients, they will probably expect you to invoice them for the amount of the order instead of just deciding on a price and the client sending payment via PayPal or some other service without any documentation. You’ll need to find the best invoicing software to accomplish this, luckily there are a ton of great solutions online.
Invoicing your clients with an online invoicing tool makes you seem much more professional, organized, and prepared. It’s also very helpful for both your client’s records and your own, the best invoicing services even keep a log of all of your transactions for easy reference whenever you need them.
So which one is the best invoicing software? Here are a few that we have used and recommend:
The existence of CurdBee means that you have no excuse to not use invoicing for your orders. Instead of telling you why, let me show you why:
Look at that beautiful Free plan and the features it includes- it has near-limitless functionality that most of us would be more than happy to pay a monthly fee for: Customizable branding, unlimited invoices and clients, online payment support (PayPal, Google Checkout, and tons of others), even automatic data backup for no cost at all.
When you do start getting into the paid plans, the feature set gets even more impressive and cost-efficient. The Big plan is great if you manage a team or run a subscription service, and for $20/month it’s cheaper than most other invoicing services.
CurdBee is the best free invoicing solution I have ever come across.
FreshBooks is probably the most popular online invoicing solution around, and with good reason. FreshBooks is a very reliable and streamlined invoicing service that does everything right, and it has a great set of features to help out your business.
The only problem I have with FreshBooks is with it’s price- it simply doesn’t compete with CurdBee’s ultra cheap plans with just as much functionality. Here’s what FreshBook’s pricing chart looks like:
As you can see, the free plan here only supports 3 clients, which is enough to call it a decent trial. However, the problem begins with the next plan up, the $19.95/month Seedling plan. This plan only supports 25 clients, which is nothing considering that most service providers work with tons of different people and often have huge contact lists. It’s not until you start paying $29.95/month that you get to have the freedom of an unlimited client list, but the added features are comparable to CurdBee’s $5/$20 per month plans so it doesn’t seem like a good deal.
It’s also worth noting that FreshBooks does not appear to support Google Checkout (though it does have authorize.net), feel free to correct me on this in the comments.
FreshBooks is being used by over 3.5 million members, and I suspect that’s because of all the integration support that it has for other platforms. FreshBooks plays nice with all sorts of project management systems, accounting software, and other popular web tools that help you run your business. This alone is a very attractive aspect and shouldn’t be glanced over, if you manage your team with something like Basecamp and want your invoicing to mesh with minimal administrative work, FreshBooks may be more efficient than other services.
This invoicing tool is more geared towards small/medium businesses than small-time freelancers, LessAccounting provides great features for managing groups and common business expenses.
The price is $30/month for unlimited everything, and that includes ‘members’ on your account, something which FreshBooks and CurdBee lack (at least on non-enterprise price bracets). Their bank integration is also a unique feature, you can make transactions and send reports right from your LessAccounting account to your bank.
LessAccounting also offers an hourly bookkeeping service, which means you can hire one of their certified accountants to handle your finances and sort out your records. This invoicing tool seems to cater to larger operations, and it also plays nice with almost as many services as FreshBooks does.
Would you recommend some other invoicing apps besides the ones I mentioned? Let us all know about them in the comments below!