by Stephanie Watson
Published on 7 May 2012
As a small business owner I often have to send invoices to clients. The entire process of invoicing clients, storing copies, keeping everything on track, and looking professional all at the same time is no easy feat. Handwritten invoices, and even PayPal invoices, while charming, don't really look professional. Being able to send or mail a professional looking invoice with just a few clicks is on every freelancer's wish list. Today we will review Sendinvoice an online invoicing software for freelancers and small businesses.
Send Invoice is a cloud based invoicing service aimed at making your life as a business owner a lot easier. Send Invoice accomplishes this task by offering you simple an efficient invoicing application. There are no bells and whistles here, but you don't need them. If you're sending out invoices in the mail, they print it, stuff the envelope, and mail it for you. Alternatively, you can send a PDF invoice through email to the customers who prefer it that way. What other bells and whistles do you really need?
There are two clear target audiences for this service. Small to medium business owners who want to make their invoices more professional looking, easy to keep track of, and simple without spending enormous amounts of time and money on an expensive system. This system can be used by Freelancers who work from home, or a larger business, who needs an invoicing software for small businesses without reinventing the wheel and doing it themselves or passing it off to an employee who has other tasks that need to be accomplished.
Many issues that freelancers have aren't because they don't have enough business, but because they have poor cash flow. By implementing a solid online invoicing software like Send Invoice. a freelancer can eliminate one worry off their chest. Easily send invoices via email to your client, or let Send Invoice put a stamp on it and mail it for you. This is especially useful if you're a sole proprietor without employees to offload this responsibility to. At last, one less thing to worry about.
As you would expect. the website for Send Invoice is incredibly professional and easy to navigate. It's so simple to use that you don't need a tutorial to show you how. You can input all your current clients from one screen with the easy to use interface. Creating a new invoice is a breeze. When you receive payment, marking that you've received payment helps you to keep track and avoid non-payment issues.
No need to install confusing software to create, send, and manage invoices. All you need is a computer, an Internet connection, and your client list. Log in, set up your account and create your invoice, and have it emailed or sent via snail mail to your client.
Aside from the easy to use interface, and the ease at which you can simply use the dashboard system to see all recent activity including recently created invoices, paid and outstanding invoices. This cloud based invoicing software is affordable and customizable. Easily upload a customized logo, create monthly reports such as an account summary, customer reports, and tax reports. Billing has truly never been this simple.
The drawbacks are that it is probably not that useful to a large corporation. The Founder and CEO, Fredrik Fosse tells me that vast improvements are occurring as I write this review. Such as support for integrated PayPal and Google Checkout, automatic reminders, and more. Many freelancers today accept payment via this method, and that one issue is a major drawback for a small freelancer wanting to use Send Invoice today.
Mr. Fosse says they frequently get feedback from users and incorporate that feedback into new functionality. He reports that every week they make small improvements and every four to six weeks they add a major upgrade to functionality. This can only be good news to freelancers wanting a robust invoice system that doesn't eat up all their profits.
Send Invoice is completely affordable, you have the ability to send unlimited invoices for one monthly charge plus the cost of stamps. With the monthly subscription option you won't have to give this another thought. There is also a free trial to give you ample opportunity to try Send Invoice out for yourself.
If you are a large firm with a separate accounting department this might not be essential, but the speed, efficiency, and overall feel and service on offer with Send Invoice make it an important and useful service for freelancers and small businesses.