Online invoicing tools make this easierAs entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business owners, we’d like to think that we love what we do and that’s why we do it. Unfortunately, we can’t take that love to pay for our mortgages, utilities and dinners. At the end of the day, the bottom line still plays a positively vital role. Why not make it easier to bill your customers and collect payments by using some fantastic online invoicing tools?

It is easier than ever before to run your business in the cloud thanks to the growing range of services, including innumerable accounting tools for keeping your books in order. Some of these may include invoicing, but even if they do, they may not offer the perfect (and simplest) solution for your small business. Here are a few worth considering.

Invoicera

Get paid on time with Invoicera

Get paid on time with Invoicera


Cost: Free to $15/month

Tired of chasing down payments? Invoicera integrates due dates and late fees into recurring invoices, helping you get paid on time, every time. The invoices you create using the tool can be easily converted to PDF files for ease of sending and you can generate detailed tax reports for later review too. You can also forecast future cash flow, receive advance payments, and convert between currencies with ease. The free starter edition supports up to 3 active clients, while the $15/month pro edition allows for up to 100 active clients and it adds API access.

Harvest

Convert hours worked into billable hours on your custom invoice

Convert hours worked into billable hours on your custom invoice


Cost: Free to $12/month

Harvest is more than a time-tracking app. It also happens to be one of the better online invoicing tools for freelancers and small businesses. If you’re already using the time-tracking feature, you can convert those into billable hours that are then automatically added to your invoices. That’s a huge time saver! Email your invoices from directly within the system and accept payments via Stripe or PayPal. The plans are all-inclusive of Harvest’s other tools and features, like expense tracking and project management. The free plan supports one person and two projects. For $12/month per user, you can run unlimited projects.

Wave

One of the best free online invoicing tools around

One of the best free online invoicing tools around


Cost: Free

One of the most trusted names in the small business community, Wave won’t cost you a dime to send as many invoices as you’d like to as many clients as you’d like. The invoices are completely customizable with options to support recurring billing, automatic payment reminders, and integration with Wave’s accounting software for ease of bookkeeping. Need to bill a client on the go? The handy apps for iOS and Android let you generate invoices on your mobile device too. And everything is backed up to the cloud for peace of mind. The only cost to you is when you accept payment via credit card. That’s 2.9%, plus 30 cents per transaction. You can also add payroll for $10/month, plus $4 per employee.

Invoicely

Even the free plan offers unlimited invoices

Even the free plan offers unlimited invoices


Cost: Free to $29.99/month

Trusted by over 100,000 small businesses, Invoicely is designed to be free, simple and secure. It can be used to track time, expenses and mileage, all of which can then be seamlessly converted over to invoices with just a couple quick clicks of the mouse. Add taxes, shipping, and discounts, and set up automatic recurring invoices to save you time. Working with a prospective customer and need to send over an estimate? You can do that too. Invoicely also integrates with multiple payment portals, including PayPal, Stripe and WePay. All plans include unlimited invoices. The free plan limits you to a single user and PayPal. The basic, professional and enterprise unlock more features for $9.99, $19.99, and $29.99 per month, respectively.

Due

Only pay for receiving payment with Due

Only pay for receiving payment with Due


Cost: Free

Similar to Wave, Due’s invoicing tool is completely free to use as much as you’d like. The only fees involved come into play when you use Due Payments. Credit card processing starts at 2.8% with no hidden or monthly fees. A big objective with Due is to reduce the stress involved with creating invoices and chasing payments. Key features include custom logo insertion, personalized messages, multiple language and currency support, discount and tip options, and payment tracking. You can also see when an invoice has been viewed and rest assured that your data is safe via 256-bit SSL encryption.

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