A Roundup of the 7 Best Invoicing Apps for Freelancers

It goes without saying that it is important to maintain a record of everything – especially money. After all, you do want to get paid. For this reason, you may wish to indulge on these invoicing tools, which do not require any downloads. Accessing your account, no matter where you are, is as simple as accessing the application, which makes it much easier to handle your invoices and receive your payments as scheduled. The majority of these applications double as task managers, making it a very “nice to have” application. Keep in mind that many of these apps come with free versions and paid versions. However, if you are looking for invoice templates to setup your own invoice system check out hloom.com for free invoice templates.

1. LessAccounting ($0 – $20 per month)


The first among the list is LessAccounting, which allows you to both send invoices and track them. additionally, it comes with the ability to track your banking data in a collaboration with a money-management app, Wesabe.

2. Freshbooks ($0 – $149 per month)


This is, of course, another way to invoice your advertisers and similar clients. Freshbooks comes with a few other features included, such as document branding, support ticketing, the ability to send invoices by way of snail mail and time sheets.

3. Blinksale ($0 – $49 per month)


One of the major distinguishable traits Blinksale has to offer is its user-friendly interface and its generally neat looking design. It comes with the ability to use CSS in order to design the look of your invoices and also collaborates with an application called Basecamp in order for you to obtain your client lists with a greater efficiency. Similar to the majority of these listed applications, you are able to send recurring invoices, which can ultimately help with instances of expenses such as for domains or hosting, which you might forget about.

4. SimplyInvoices ($0 – $25 per month)


SimplyInvoices collaborates alongside with Blinkside and is a similar program to Blinksale. There are not quite as many features, but it also comes at about half of the price per month.

5. Cashboard ($0 – $140 per month)


Compared to the other applications presented in this list, Cashboard is definitely among one of the strongest. It integrates itself with Basecamp, has plenty of customers, has been around for quite awhile and comes with numerous features; not only does it effectively handle invoicing, but it also effectively takes care of estimating expenses, time tracking and just about everything else in between – but it does, of course, come at a bit of a price.

6. SimplyBill ($5 – $25 per month)


SimplyBill is a bit of a misnomer in this situation, as it comes with features outside of “simply billing” clients for money. For example, it comes with customizable invoices, quotes, templatea and includes timetracking, which can be integrated onto your desktop. Overall, it looks like a neat and solid application.

7. InvoicePlace ($0 – $32 per month)


Truth be told, InvoicePlace is not technically targeted towards freelancers in need of sending out invoices to clients, but it does come with everything you might be looking for, along with much more. To illustrate, it comes with the ability to bill clients in nearly twenty varying currencies, and it also comes with much more total control over the way your invoices work.

These aren’t the top 7 invoice applications in the world, there are hundreds of applications and everyone has their own opinions. So which application are you using?

This guest post was written by Tom Walker who designs and blogs for a supplier of OfficeJet inks, toners and paper. You can read more of his work on the topics of print media, advertising and the arts on their blog.

24 Comments
  1. Reply Carl July 9, 2010 at 1:08 AM

    I’m using paymo
    http://www.paymo.biz/

    It’s more than I need right now having only been freelance for 2 months after 10 years of full time employment.

  2. Reply Toby James July 9, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    What about stand-alone software options? I’m a big fan of Billings for the Mac. Does a great job, with fully customisable invoices too.

    • Reply Jacques van Heerden July 9, 2010 at 11:08 AM

      I’ve never used billings, simply because I’m a PC user not a Mac. I have heard some great comments and suggestions about it though. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Reply Andy Birchwood July 9, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Amazing that this list doesn’t mention Freeagent, which I’ve been using for 3 years now.

    Never mind just invoicing, this app deals with all your expenses, bank accounts (just upload your electronic bank statement), VAT (if you work in the UK), and even gives you a running total of how much tax you’re going to have to pay. It’s pretty much an automated accountant. Try it free for a month, and get a 10% lifetime discount with this link:

    http://www.freeagentcentral.com/?referrer=31aljv5s

    enjoy!

    • Reply Jacques van Heerden July 9, 2010 at 11:07 AM

      Awesome Andy,

      I wasn’t aware of Freeagent.

      I will definitely look into it as your description definitely holds some benefits.

  4. Reply Mars July 13, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    I am not using them too!

  5. Reply Joe July 14, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    second on Paymo.biz, been using it for a while and it’s great. I use it mainly as a time tracker but recently i started to use the invoicing tool.

  6. Reply Jenny August 16, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    Wonder how you missed CurdBee(http://curdbee.com)?? It’s probably the most awesome invoicing app I tried and using it for more than a year..

  7. Reply René August 18, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    You missed off FreeAgent which is just brilliant especially if you’re UK based as it works out your tax. Also imports bank statements which is a nice feature.

  8. Reply Stephen Brown September 22, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Some great advice in this post however one of the most important things for any freelancer is make use of a good invoice scanning system it makes keeping track of things so much easier

  9. Reply James Morrish April 13, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    I don’t mind paying a one off fee, but wouldn’t want to pay monthly when starting out as a freelancer.

    I just need something to send ad-hoc invoices, recurring invoices, and send reminders. I’d rather it was cloud based in case my laptop explodes.

    Although it’s not cloud based, I might try Billings.

  10. Reply jack September 22, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    I’ve tried most of these but was disappointed and they are of limited use unless you live in the United States or Canada, so I’m building my own iPhone/iPad invoicing app now. I don’t expect to make any money but I wouldn’t pay for any of these, especially do not like the monthly fee.

  11. Reply David November 28, 2011 at 3:55 AM

    I’ve used many of these invoicing services and wasn’t happy with their payment structures.  I founded Scoreboard (http://getscoreboard.com) where freelancers can use an unlimited account, completely free.  You only have to pay when you expand to having a team.

    David Raffauf
    http://getscoreboard.com

  12. Reply Justin Foley January 31, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    I’m a pretty big fan of Toast Invoice. It’s pretty simple and it’s free. http://toastinvoice.com

    • Reply Roger March 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      I would expect you to be a pretty big fan of Toast Invoice give you work with them

      • Justin Foley July 3, 2012 at 4:12 AM

        Technically I am them. :)

  13. Reply Dan Hines September 2, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    Why would you use a pc to invoice? Iv been using this app Tradevoice http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/tradevoice/id539439568?mt=8&uo=2

    Perfect for running a small business on the road or Evan better for those who don’t work in the road, I’m a tradie by the way and this is by far the best way for me to keep client details in the same spot with reference to old invoices and the ability to send on the go

  14. Reply Employee Time Clock October 22, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    I would also recommend Replicon time and billing software, which is one of the leading time tracking, billing and invoicing software.

  15. Reply Joshua Gallows January 3, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    I have used a couple of them mentioned above, but wasn’t content with their user-interface. I came across this invoicing software, Invoicera. It looks comprehensive and professional. Helps in both invoicing and time tracking. http://www.invoicera.com/

  16. Reply Dan January 30, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    I’ve tried out a few options, but I’ve decided to settle down with PlanetSoho. It’s been easy to use, and the free version feels really complete. I can send as many invoices as I want each month.

  17. Reply Guest September 4, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    I had researched and analyzed several other time management tools such as Harvest & Freshbooks and thereafter used Replicon’s hassle free cloud based timesheet. And it has definitely been the best tool that has relieved us from all our time management related hassles.

  18. Reply Emma September 4, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    I would definitely recommend also to try Replicon’s hassle free cloud based timesheet – http://www.replicon.com software. It is an awesome tool with lot of simplicity to use and advanced features making it a perfect tool for all our time management requirements.

  19. Reply Allure Wool September 5, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Hi, I’ve been using LessAccounting for a couple months, but I wasn’t completely satisfied with this service… One of my friend suggested me to try http://inv24.com/ I can say now that this is amazing and free invoicing app.

  20. Reply Amy Moore September 10, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    How could http://www.invoicera.com not be in the list?

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