Mac Billing Application Round-Up
Having the right billing and invoicing tools is crucial to a freelancer. Your options can be very different, depending on what type of computer you’re working on. For those freelancers working on Macs, there are several applications worth investigating. It’s just a matter of choosing which will fit best with your billing habits.
For time billing and invoicing purposes, Billings can be an ideal option. It offers a built-in timer that you can access without having to open new windows, allowing you to easily track your work for any client. You can create estimates, as well as invoices, based on your time and standard rates, speeding up the bookkeeping process significantly — and you can separate out time spent on your own projects. You can also set up re-occurring invoices, as well as check overdue statements easily.
One of the greatest benefits to using Billings is that it can make use of information already on your computer. Have a client you need to bill? You can get all the information you need from Address Book without having to cut and paste: you simply create a special folder within Address Book and add your clients to it. Billings will get all the information it needs without you needing to take any further steps. That level of integration lets you send an invoice with just one click.
Billings offers a 21-day free trial. The software costs $39.99.
If you want to customize your invoices, Billable provides you with the ability to adapt an HTML invoice and use it to create PDF invoices. You have complete control over what your invoices look like. The application takes customization even further by allowing you to integrate your own workflow with AppleScript. You need a little technical know-how to take advantage of these features, but they can significantly improve your invoicing process.
You can also use Billable’s source list to create a quick report of unpaid invoices and projects you haven’t invoiced for, as well as limiting the search to specific clients. The application has a built-in timer, but it isn’t quite as easy to activate and use as other billing software.
Billable offers a 30-day free trial. The software costs $34.95. Clickable Bliss, the maker of Billable, will be releasing Billable 2 later this year, under the name Profit Train. Users who purchase Billable between now and the release date will receive a free upgrade to the new version.
You can see information about different invoices in Invoice 3 very easily because the application uses color coding to differentiate between invoices with different statuses. The interface is easy to use, allowing you to easily drag and drop information to create and arrange your invoices. Overall, Invoice 3 has all the important features necessary for billing your clients.
Invoice 3 may be a particularly good option if you do a lot of business with clients in different countries: it has built-in currency conversion that allows you to generate invoices in any currency you need to, while still having a good idea of your income in your home currency.
Invoice 3 offers a 30-day free trial. The software costs $99. Kedisoft, the maker of Invoice 3, will provide you with a free copy of the next version of Invoice if you purchase Invoice 3 during their current sale — which also discounts the application to $66.