FreshBooks invoice management: it’s lovely

Back at the beginning of June, Katie Lee, who writes a technology blog on the Telegraph, recommended FreshBooks.

It’s a fully online mechanism for invoicing.  I enrolled a few days ago, and so far, I love it.

It allows me to manage invoicing for up to three clients for free, or upgrade to manage up to 25 clients for $19.99 per month.  There are levels after that (up to 5,000 clients), but I’m not quite there yet.

I can create all of my invoices—fully branded with my company logo—within the interface, log and track payments against each one, and easily see which invoices haven’t been paid; and it’s all supported by email notifications, with password protection for invoices where I deem it appropriate.

So when I need to raise an invoice, instead of sending an email with an attached Word document, the system now triggers an email containing a link (password protected or otherwise) to the invoice.

All in all, it’s a pleasing experience to create and send an invoice, and all of the calculations for VAT and the like are sorted for you.

It also manages time-tracking and expenses, but I’ve not got into that just yet.

Even though I’m signed up to the free package, I received a call from John in the support team a couple of days later, who talked me through a couple of the features I wasn’t so familiar with, and educated me on how to upload historic invoices and payments without the associated notifications being sent.  Lovely to get the one-to-one treatment when so much of the internet is commoditised at the detriment of service.

If you’re interested in using it, click here to find out more.  And if you then decide to sign up, please do so from here, as I’ll get a little kickback from them.  Which would be nice.

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