Invoicing clients? Tell us which app you use

By Ros Hodgekiss on 21st November 2012

Running a business can be fabulous - think creative freedom, flexible hours, and... A metric tonne of accounting to do. So, which app do you rely on to keep both your books, not to mention your sanity, in order?

After a discussion on billing and 3rd-party apps got started in our forums, I thought we'd run a straw poll on what designers, developers and other online-focused folk are using to invoice their clients for services like email and web design...

Update: Poll is now closed, thank you for voting, everyone! Here are the results:

Don't forget that when clients send for themselves, we happily handle invoicing for you. But if you take a more hands-on approach to billing your clients for email marketing services, or charge for more than just email campaigns, then an invoicing app is likely to play a big part in running your business.

Why is this app your weapon of choice? We'd love to hear your thoughts, so let us know in the comments below.


  • Christopher Beckwith
    22nd November

    Very surprised Harvest App wasn’t on your list of options. It’s by far the most elegant, feature rich, powerful dedicated Invoice Tool. I have Xero for Accounting which also does invoicing but like the other choices its mostly an afterthought compared to how Harvest approaches invoicing.

  • Austin Siewert
    22nd November

    I agree with Christopher, surprised Harvest wasn’t on the list, but after submitting my choice, I saw it was a front runner

  • Ros Hodgekiss
    22nd November

    Sorry guys, my mistake - I’ve added Harvest App to the list. Thank you so much for your entries, I’m fascinated by the variety of apps that everyone is using!

  • Mathias
    22nd November

    Keeping time with Billings but already decided to switch to Harvest from January 1st 2013. Actual invoices are done with Apple Pages using a simple template because Billings (and Harvest, fwiw) doesn’t support everything I need to put on the invoices.

  • Transportation Management Software
    22nd November

    I’ve added Harvest App to the list. I was going to write a similar blog concerning this topic, you beat me to it.

  • JB
    25th November

    I use Saasu. Is Saasu not used by others?

  • Janis
    27th November

    Darn, I missed this poll! I use Wave Accounting.
    As a freelancer, it is Free for me.

  • Mark Shingleton
    27th November

    I’ve been using Harvest for a couple of years and it saves me so much time. I totally love it! (and campaign monitor)

  • Ros Hodgekiss
    27th November

    Thanks for the great comments and recommendations here. I’m amazed that 20 - 30 unique software titles have been mentioned so far! Why there’s such a variety of tools should perhaps be a topic for another discussion :)

  • Yotam
    27th November

    Solo should also be there. It changed the way I work as a freelance:

  • George Spencer
    28th November

    Hey Ros! I use Blinksale. Why did Blinksale and Ballpark get the same score, but you only show Ballpark?


  • Ros Hodgekiss
    29th November

    Hey there George, we’re using a Wufoo report to display these results and I dare say they’ve made the call to only display the top 7 clients for the sake of brevity. As you know, you can view the full results by clicking the [View] link. Sorry about that!

  • Sharon
    30th November

    SAASU - great Australian based online accounting, easy invoicing and auto bank feeds. Saasu are increasing / improving their functionality all the time, there’s great support and excellent pricing for the independent.

  • Anthony Lane
    1st December

    I’ve been using Curdbee for a few years. Cheap, easy to use, getting more powerful.

  • Jake
    3rd December

    I use ClearBooks, I find this is quite a nice one.

    I think it’s UK based, unless the currency automatically changes depending on location. There’s also some nice customisation options in there too.

  • Mariya
    31st December

    “Invoicera” rocks :)

    One of the best online invoicing software. :)

    I use Invoicera for all my online invoicing needs. I am using it from last 3 years and I am fully satisfied with it. This software made my invoicing task so easy.

  • Halis
    9th April

    I humbly submit my own app
    1) Set up a client
    2) Set up a product/service with your price
    3) Add an invoice


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