How FreshBooks Had Me at “Hello”
Freelancers, do you use invoicing and time-tracking software for your freelance writing business? I’m writing (in the first person – a stretch for me) to tell you about two great software packages to help you get started.
Prior to having a go at freelancing full-time, I used Samantha’s Oral Invoicing (sorry, not available in stores), which is a fancy way of saying that I told clients what I charged and they paid it, upon delivery of their products.
MacFreelance Time Tracking and Invoicing Software
When I left the corporate world in Januray 2010 to start my freelance writing career full-time, I loaded MacFreelance onto my freshly purchased computer. A bargain at just under $50, this program works perfectly when just beginning to track time and invoice clients.
I don’t have enough room to convey all the warm and fuzzy feelings I have about MacFreelance. When your business begins to grow, if you’ve been using the “oral invoicing” program I used, you may find yourself wondering if clients actually paid you for all the work you completed. MacFreelance can answer those worrisome thoughts and turn your assumptions into hard, cold data.
But as my business began to grow with leaps and bounds, I quickly became overwhelmed with remembering when clients hadn’t paid and keeping tabs on the numerous projects and the contractors that worked on them.
Enter FreshBooks – An Incredible Full Accounting Solution for Freelancers
A great guy, Jesse Petersen of Petersen Media Group, LLC, designed Freelance Writing Dreams for me at the behest of Darren Rowse and Brian Gardner – great guys, the lot of them. When Jesse invoiced me, using his FreshBooks account, the professionalism and clarity of the whole process convinced me then and there, that I just had to try FreshBooks.
My business had long outgrown my affair with MacFreelance. In fact, my search for a new and more robust accounting solution began weeks before meeting Jesse. When I saw how professional this web-based solution looked to clients, I had to bite. And at just under $20 per month, far less than comparable packages, the efficiency of the software – the fact that it sent out automatic late invoice notices to clients (keeps me from feeling “mean”) – the pristine look and ease of use – all of these things, well, FreshBooks had me at, “Hello.”
FreshBooks — time tracking, impeccable invoicing, ability to add contractors and employees, robust accounting, add-ons galore — what more could you want? Hello? They’ve got ya covered — right from, “Hello”.
Full Disclosure: All Media Freelance, LLC, and its associated websites (Medtopicwriter and Freelance Writing Dreams) are affiliates of FreshBooks. Having said that – I would never promote (nor affiliate my company) with any product or service that I do not use, nor would I promote any product or service with which I have not had a fantastic professional, business experience.
Click on this link and get your free one-month trial today –> FreshBooks Free Trial. What’s more, the FWD Dream Team will donate 50% of all affiliate earnings from FreshBooks to the Just Breathe Fund — our fund to help Jesse Just Breathe! Or…you can just Donate Now by clicking on the donate now button on the right sidebar of FWD. Every little bit counts. Be a hero — help save a life today!