Freelancing is very popular and it is not just limited to programming these days. So how do you ensure that you get paid properly and on time? By sending invoices. However, creating and sending invoices in excel spreadsheets is passÃ©. In this age of web2.0, it is more appropriate to make use of online services to create and send invoices for the work that you have done.
In this post, we will take a look at few of the best online invoice services available today.
CurdBee is a very easy to use online billing system for small business and freelancers. CurdBee has a simple to use interface and tracking system to track the invoices you send out. In addition to that, CurdBee also directly integrates into your PayPal account, making it easier to receive payments.
CurdBee is absolutely free to use, you can also go through the CurdBee demo to get a feel of the service before you can actually sign up for a free account.
Bamboo Invoice is a free and open source billing and invoicing software which can be installed and run on your own servers.
The best part of using Bamboo Invoice is that all your client and invoice data will sit securely on your own servers. Downloading and install the software is pretty easy. You will require to have a web server with PHP 5 and MySQL.
Invoice Dude allows you to create unlimited invoices and recurring payments and send them out to your customers. In addition to that, they also have support for multiple currencies and adding your own logo and branding to the invoices.
Invoice Dude is currently in closed beta, so you will have to apply for an invitation before you can use it. In the meantime you can checkout a demo of Invoice Dude.
Billing Boss is another free invoicing system for small business and freelances to create, send and track the status of invoices.
Billing Boss also has a mobile interface for iPhone and Android devices along with the ability to share your data with your bookkeeper or accountant. You can take a 2 minute tour of Billing Boss before you decide to sign up for it.
Working Point is a complete solution for small business. You can invoice your contacts, manages bills and expenses, manage contacts, inventory and more.
Working Point has both free and paid solutions, however, the free solution should be more than enough for your basic needs. You can take a tour of Working Point before you can start using it.
Fresh Books is another online invoicing and billing service which provides you with an easy way to bill and invoice your customers. Fresh Books boasts of over 1 million users making it one of the largest online invoicing service.
You can sign up for a free account at Fresh Books and manage up-to 3 clients. For more information take a tour of Fresh Books.
Zoho Invoice is another free invoicing system which will allow you to create and send up-to 5 free invoices every month.
Take a tour of Zoho Invoice before you can sign up for the service.
Other Worthwhile Invoice and Billing Servicers
Do you use any other tools or services for invoicing or billing your customers? Do let us know through your comments.