Once you’ve done the deal, it’s important to make sure you invoice your clients. However, this is easier said than done when you have multiple invoices and clients to issue and deal with each month. Efficient and professional invoicing is often neglected by business owners and missed invoices or invoices that aren’t accurate can cause major problems and headaches to figure out what went wrong at a later date.
Fortunately there are some excellent web-based billing and invoicing software which work perfectly well on Mac via Safari or any other browser you’re using. Billings Pro even has its own Mac invoicing software client, but the web versions all have tasteful interfaces which don’t look out of place on OS X. Whichever you choose, these apps will take the pain out of billing clients without the need for a big finance department.
We’ve picked 7 of the best invoicing and billing apps for Mac, many of which offer a “freemium” model which mean free invoicing features with some restrictions. If you need to invoice multiple clients frequently, you’ll almost certainly need a subscription to one of these services though.
If you’re looking for a no-fuss, straightforward way to create invoices, estimates, sales invoices and more, Easy Invoice PDF Invoice Generator is a simple PDF-based solution. Unlike cloud-based billing and invoicing apps like FreeAgent or Zoho Books, you won’t find tons of templates, tracking or fancy analytical features in Easy Invoice but it’s very easy to use, converts everything straight into PDF format and can sync everything with your iPhone or iPad.
Easy Invoice can produce documents that include all of your estimates, sales invoices, and receipts which you can then send instantly to clients. Anything that’s sent from your Mac, you can also choose to sync with your iPhone and iPad. In addition to this, you can export them to the developer’s more advanced bookkeeping software Easy Books, which offers a complete account management solution.
Easy Invoice is easy to get started with and you should begin by entering the product or service you’re selling and its price. So for example, if you’re a selling a service, you must enter the name of the service and how much it costs per hour. The same goes for if you’re selling a product – whatever your work is, you have to enter it first. Once you’ve defined what you’re selling and their prices, it’s then very easy to itemize work in invoices.
Creating invoices, tracking expenses and payments can often take the focus away from getting on with building your business. Billings Pro saves valuable time and hassle by helping you to create professional invoices and track time, expenses, and payments from your Mac.
With Billings Pro, you can add unlimited clients and projects, and create professional invoices, while there are flexible billing options depending on whether you are charging clients based on time, project, expense, product, service, or a flat rate.
All of this you can also synchronize between multiple iPhones, iPads and Macs so that you can manage your business on the move.
Sending invoices is a vital task if you ever expect to make any money as a contractor or freelancer. Fortunately, numerous invoicing applications on OS X can turn this mundane task into a streamlined and efficient process – often also creating great looking invoices.
Today we’ll be taking a look at 7 examples of invoicing software for the Mac, ranging from very simple tools such as Involer through to a more complicated SaaS packages. Most applications come with a small cost, but ultimately could save you money by making sure all of your invoices are managed properly and accounted for.
Marketcircle’s Billings was discontinued in June 2013 in favour of their subscription-based Billings Pro, an app which we’ve reviewed and think is awesome. Subscription-based software isn’t for everyone, however, and we’ve been frequently asked to recommend some alternative apps to Billings Pro that doesn’t require any recurring costs.
If you’re looking for an invoicing or time tracking app to replace Billings, or perhaps simply want to know what’s out there, here’s the 10 best simple time tracking and invoicing apps on the Mac today.
In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Busy Bee Invoicing. The developer describes Busy Bee Invoicing as a great tool to simplify your invoicing. Busy Bee Invoicing is ideal for small businesses and contractors, and lets you quickly create professional invoices and quotes.
It is fairly inexpensive, with no monthly fees – once you purchase a full license you will automatically receive all future updates free. Read on for more information and screenshots!
Dear freelancer, listen up – this is important: You need to track your time and expenses. Nowhere is the axiom “time is money” more obviously true than in the life of a freelancer. If you don’t pay enough attention, you will find money dribbling away – in unbilled hours you spend on projects, and in the extras that you could be claiming (travel and other expenses). That’s where time-tracking software becomes useful.
I freelanced for a very long time before I ever used such an application, and my experience is that having one makes life a whole lot easier: I know where I’m spending my time; I’ve calculated hourly rates that work for me, so I know which projects are worth continuing with, and which I should set aside; and I’m easily able to generate good looking, professional invoices.
There are many different applications available for Mac users, as well as some great online options. I tried a few, before settling on Marketcircle’s Billings 3, which has been my time tracking app of choice for most of the past two years. Stunt Software released On The Job 3.0 a little over a year ago, and although it’s been mentioned a few times on Mac.AppStorm, we’ve never given it a proper review. So, with no further ado, join me after the jump, and I’ll tell you why I’m switching.
Today, I’ll be taking a look at TimeNet, a long-standing player in the field of time tracking and project management. The application allows you to take control of your clients and projects, easily send invoices, and stay on top of who owes you what.
It offers a fairly simple window-based interface, to show you only the information you need at any given time. This makes it pleasant to navigate, and slightly different from more complex competitors.