You’re a freelancer, and frankly all you want to do is get paid, right? Trust me when I say that we’re in the same boat. Now there are obviously some things that we just can’t control, like our clients and when they pay us. If we could do something like that, you and I would both live in a different and clearly better world.
When it comes to getting paid, there are things that we can control though, like how our invoices look and how we approach our side of the business. Invoicing can be a pain, any freelancer will agree. After working for hours on end, the last thing you want to do is go to a spreadsheet and fight with it. For most of us, there are a million things we’d rather do than deal with invoices.
That’s why an online invoicing service is the way to go. They are highly highly functional, easy to master and relatively inexpensive. If you need to send out snail mail invoices, you can print out what you have and just hit print. On the other hand, if you do all your business online and don’t want to mess around with mail, the invoices are also in PDF format and you can set up a payment system that accepts PayPal, Visa, and MasterCard. It makes invoicing painless so you can then get on with working, the part that makes you money, not the business end which merely costs you time that could be better spent elsewhere.
These types of services have other benefits too. You can also create a list of contacts and keep track of them as well, a very handy thing to have around for when clients don’t pay on time, or for clients that get an invoice every month, and you can make that list as long as you like, since they have unlimited storage for invoices. This will come in handy for taxes!
All of that means that I am able to concentrate more on my work. That makes my life a little easier, and that is something I definitely need more of, and I’m sure you could as well. Most services have a trial period, and then a very reasonable monthly fee. It’s worth it if it means less time dealing with paperwork and more time building your business and enjoying the rewards.