You launched your own catering business because you love to cook. You went into the bakery business to sell cookies and cupcakes. You didn’t open your own landscaping company because you love paperwork. Yet to be a prosperous small business owner, you cannot disregard the financial side of your business, and this means that you must make sure that you properly invoice your clients. Forgetting to invoice your clients can leave you with a significant cash flow problem, one which, if left unchecked, could put you out of business.
Invoicing help online
Fortunately, there are lots of online invoicing services created to make life less complicated for the small business owner. By utilizing one of these services, you can quickly — and depending on your clients, automatically — send out your invoices each month. It’s one less job for you to handle. Here is a quick look at a few of the better online invoicing services:
A free but powerful invoicing service
First, let’s look at a zero cost system: BillingBoss. Of course its biggest advantage is that it is 100% free, but that doesn’t mean it’s not robust. Most small businesses will be happy with BillingBoss’s capability to automatically invoice customers on a monthly basis and send once-off invoices for more irregular clients.
A power tool
AcceptPay from American Express is without a doubt for the power user. For only $30 a month, users of AcceptPay can connect with QuickBooks, collect online payments from clients, and set up a variety of customizable automatic invoices. It seems a pretty small price to pay for such a robust tool.
Invoicing for the tech-savvy
Lastly we’ll consider the most customizable option of the bunch, BambooInvoice. This open source program is hosted on your own servers and can be easily customized for your business’ needs. So if you require more control and are a bit tech-savvy, BambooInvoice might be your best choice.
The best news for business owners is that these services are just a small sample of the many online invoicing services available, most of them free or low-cost. Those business owners who wish to quickly gain control over their invoicing process should check them out.