I'm looking for some apps to create your invoices which I want is simple and free (such as up to 10 invoices a month) can be managed and organized the invoices online. I have a good one in my language but I don't know any of them in English.
I just send plain text emails for invoices. I've had no need for anything more. Easily organized, searchable, and filtered in the email client.
Billed to: [company and address] _____________________________________________ INVOICE DATE: [the date] INVOICE NUMBER: [the #] SERVICES SUMMARY _____________________________________________ Date Project Total
[date] [ Project title ] [ amount ] _____________________________________________ SubTotal $xxxxx.00 Tax $0.00 Grand Total $xxxx -- Please pay this amount _____________________________________________ Checks payable to [my company] can be mailed to the following address: [My mailing address] Secure, online payments can be made at the following link: http://paymentlink TaxID [my tax id] _____________________________________________ TERMS _____________________________________________ Payment due upon receipt. [Any other terms] _____________________________________________ [Full contact info for my company]
Form vs function. When it comes to invoices I don't care a great deal about form. I'm overly concerned with function. I want it to be clear, concise, and contain any information which may be necessary for payment. I don't really care if my plain text email "looks pretty". I just want to get paid and remove any roadblocks where that is concerned.
If a client specifically requests a PDF (some do).., well.. I have InDesign or Illustrator so generating an invoice formatted however I want is an easy task. Then I just attach the PDF to my email invoice.
I think most of the "generate an invoice for me" apps are designed for non-designers. No app will ever generate an invoice to my design preferences. I wouldn't use them any more than I'd use a "design my business card for me" app.
I urge you to look at FusionInvoice (I'm not affiliated). Self hosted, simple and totally configurable (especially if you can code).
@Metis this has an entirely designable (html/css) templating system, and best of all simply sends automated invoices to customers on retainer every month in pdf form.
Everyone will have different needs when it comes to invoicing, but for me this was the only one of (many!) I tried that hit the sweet-spot of simplicity and functionality whilst retaining the all important ability for me to design my own pretty invoices.
It even has enough functionality for me to use it as my basic book-keeping system, arking invoices as "paid" and highlighting those overdue.