Last updated on June 6th, 2016 at 10:42 am
The world of work is changing. Economic instability means companies are reducing the amount of fixed, permanent employees they hire and are increasingly hiring flexible workers, that is casuals, freelancers and part-timers. That means it’s harder than it’s ever been to get a permanent job.
No fear, if you can’t get a permanent job, today it is easier than it has ever been to become a freelancer, using on-line market places like upwork and Uber. Working as a freelancer brings many benefits, such as being your own boss, but it brings an important responsibility of being able to manage your finances. You need to be able to: price, quote, deliver, invoice and chase money like a ninja if you are to be a success.
For many years, the go-to-guy for software invoicing was paypal; it was a well-known brand, it was easy to use, and at the time it was one of a few easy to use software invoicing tools. The picture today is very different; there is a huge range of software alternatives to PayPal invoicing which: offer the same and more features, are just as easy to use and are more cost effective.
So, if you just fell into using PayPal Invoicing – because it was the only well known tool around then – you owe it to yourself to take a step back and take a view at the invoicing software market to see if there are any more suitable alternatives available. I’ve outlined 3 excellent software alternatives to PayPal invoicing below.
1.Freshbooks This is an excellent and easy to use cloud based accounting tool and invoicing software alternative to Paypal invoicing. It comes with a 30 day free trial, and is extremely user-friendly. You can use the tool to quickly create professional looking invoices and include your business logo. As soon as work is complete, you can invoice your client from the system via email or you can print it. You can send recurring invoices to clients, and accept credit card payments too. It also contains a time sheet which is very useful if you bill your clients on an hourly basis. It’s priced well too, starting at &9.95 a month for up to 5 clients, going up to $39.95 a month for unlimited clients.
2.Waveapps. This is another very user-friendly invoicing tool. Like Freshbooks above, it’s a very easy to use cloud accounting tool with the all important invoicing functionality, which is often the crucial element you’ll need when you are just starting out. The system allows you to send unlimited invoices from the outset, and enables you to accept credit card payments, but a fee is charged for every invoice you send, so it has a slightly different pay model to Freshbooks, and is more similar to paypal who charge a fee per transaction.
3.Zoho Invoice. This invoicing software tool from the Zoho family of business software tools is slick and easy to use. You can create invoices in minutes, and send payment reminders and accept credit card payments through the system. It’s free to use for up to 25 customers and also includes timesheets, expense tracking and multi-currency.
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