You opened your own catering business because you love to cook. You went into the bakery business to sell pastries and cakes. You didn’t open your own landscaping company because you love paperwork. Yet to be a prosperous small business owner, you can’t ignore the financial side of your business, and this means that you have to make sure that you correctly invoice your clients. Forgetting to invoice your clients can leave you with a significant cash flow problem, one that, if left unchecked, could put you out of business.
Invoicing help online
Fortunately, there are lots of online invoicing services created to make life easier for the small business owner. By using one of these services, you can quickly — and depending on your clients, automatically — distribute your invoices each month. It’s one less job for you to handle. Below is a glance at some 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 greatest advantage is that it is 100% free, but that doesn’t mean it’s not powerful. Most small businesses will be pleased with BillingBoss’s capacity to automatically invoice customers on a monthly basis and send once-off invoices for more infrequent clients.
A power tool
AcceptPay isn’t free. It costs $30 a month, but it’s a robust program. Offered by American Express, AcceptPay works with QuickBooks, will accept online payments, and of course, gives you a wide range of options with regards to sending out invoices and collecting payments. The $30 expense is a small price to pay for such a effective online invoicing tool.
Invoicing for the tech-savvy
Lastly we’ll look at 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 may be your best choice.
The best news for business owners is that these services are merely a small sample of the many online invoicing services available, most of them free or low-cost. Those business owners who want to quickly gain control over their invoicing process should check them out.