Whether you’re a freelancer or business owner, you already know that invoicing is one of the most important tasks for you to stay-on-top of. But, how many business owners, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and even the CFO -- are actually pumped about sitting down, creating, and sending out invoices? Probably not too many.
Fortunately, there are a number of invoicing tools that are now available which can speed up the invoicing headache and make this process a little less painful. Take for example the following ten invoicing tools that aren’t just effective - they’re also pretty awesome as well.
Harvest features a powerful time tracking tool, as well as sleek and professional invoicing templates. While the invoices are simple, they still have a professional appearance and can be customized by adding your logo. You can also automate your invoices, accept payments through PayPal or Stripe, and track your expenses.
If you’re a freelancer or solopreneur, Harvest is free. For businesses, however, pricing ranges between $12 to $99 per month.
Freshbooks is used and trusted by millions of businesses because of how easy it is to use. In fact, the company claims that you can send out invoices, track time, and capture expenses in just a matter of minutes. If you run into a problem, which is probably not going to occur, Freshbooks provides award-winning customer service. Other benefits of using Freshbooks is that you can get paid quickly, calculate taxes, and check if a client has viewed your invoice.
Following a 30-day free trial, pricing for Freshbooks is between $12.95 to $39.95.
Invoicera states that it’s the “World’s Most Powerful Online Billing Software.” And, there could actually be some truth to that claim. For starters, Invoicera offers a variety of features that are based on the size of your business. Whether you’re a freelancer, a small or medium sized business, or even an enterprise level business, there is a platform to fit your specific needs. Another useful feature is the ability to generate detailed invoicing reports so that you can forecast revenue and create a budget.
If you have under three clients, Invoicera is free. For anything larger, Invoicera starts at $19.95 per month.
This app is stacked with features (see what I did there?) like online invoicing, PayPal integration, and establishing recurring invoices. Pancake also comes with a time tracking tool so that you can deliver detailed time sheets to clients if they request them. You can also use Pancake as a project management tool and send out amazing proposals or estimates to prospectives.
Unlike most other invoicing tools, you pay a one time fee of $179 and Pancake is yours to use and modify to be whenever you want or need.
With Billiving you can quickly create invoices, estimates, and purchase orders. You can also convert estimates into invoices painlessly. This tool also lets you generate invoices in multiple languages, schedule recurring invoices, send out bulk emails, and accept payments via PayPal or Authorize.net. Other features include to track your inventory and set-up subdomains so that you can have your own eCommerce shop.
There is a free option, but for access to more features, monthly plans range between $5 to $10.
Invoice Ninja is an open-source invoicing tool that gives you the chance to customize its code to match your specific needs. However, this tool already comes packed with features and the ability to accept multiple currencies, set-up recurring billing, and receive alerts when you get paid. Invoice Ninja also integrates with more than 45 payment gateways so you shouldn’t have any problems receiving electronic payments. You can also use Invoice Ninja to create tasks and track time.
There is a free plan, but there’s also a Pro Plan ($5/month or $50/year) or Enterprise ($10/month or $100/year).
This tool is your all-in-one project management software solution that handles project collaboration, track time, keep tabs on deadlines, and manage your expenses. Of course, there’s also a pretty powerful invoicing feature that can convert estimates into invoices, create personalized invoices, set recurring invoices, track overdue invoices, and accept credit cards and online payments through Paypal, Stripe, Authorize.net or 2Checkout.
Nutcache is free for up to 20 users, then you’ll have to dish out either $5 or $12 per month.
If you’re looking for just a straight-up invoicing tool then Blinksale is probably you’re best bet. It’s an open-source invoicing solution that comes preloaded with client approval or denial on estimates, recurring invoices, and the ability to bill clients in various currencies like dollars, euros, or yen. There’s also reminders, such as a thank you follow-ups and approaching due date notices that can keep you organized. Overall, it’s a simple and effective invoicing tool if that’s all you’re looking for.
Following a 15-day free trial, Blinksale charges $15 per month.
9. Zoho Invoice
Zoho Invoice contains some of the more well-designed invoice templates out there, as well as the power to set-up recurring payments, automated payment reminders, and accept payments through PayPal, Authorize.net, or Stripe. Zoho also comes with a suite of tools like time tracking, project collaboration, and reports on the performance of your business.
If you have under five customers, Zoho is free to use. If you have more customers, plans go between $7 to $30.