With the exploding number of freelancers and independent business owners, we might need to rework an old phrase to say, “Nothing is certain but death, taxes and invoices.”
Keeping track of which clients need to pay you, and which vendors need paying, is a mind-numbing but necessary part of surviving in today’s economy. Many of us utilize our own DIY systems for invoicing. But Invoicely — a free, cloud-based service designed for freelancers that can scale up to work for businesses of all sizes — delivers handy features that make invoicing the least of your worries.
At the heart of Invoicely (which was formerly known as Invoiceable) lies a simple but feature-rich interface for creating and managing invoices. Using an uncluttered dashboard and intuitive interface, the software makes it simple to design your invoice based on the kind of billing you’ll be doing and the visual impression you hope to make upon clients. Invoices and bills can be organized and tracked via a simple sidebar, which is a pretty big help when it comes to keeping your computer’s filing system decluttered.
The free version of Invoicely is tuned for individuals who need to keep track of personal work orders. This version includes unlimited invoice files, invoicing for multiple businesses, and the option for clients to pay straight from the invoice itself, even through their mobile devices.
One of the coolest features is the real-time currency conversion powered by currencylayer. No matter which part of the world your work is going to, even if it’s to several places at once, Invoicely will automatically translate to and from your currency based on current exchange rates. Anyone who works internationally knows how much of a headache-reducer this is, and it works like a charm.
Moving up the Invoicely payment tiers, which scale up to handle the needs of enterprise-level businesses, brings all the free features and adds new ones. For example, Invoicely can function as a finance-management tool by regularly generating statements, income and expense reports, and accounts receivable and payable. Intangibles like hours, miles and expenses can be converted by a single click into invoices and bills. Dead-simple tools make it easy to set up recurring invoices for regular clients and perform other valuable functions, like sending automatic payment reminders.
Tasks like calculating taxes and factoring in discount programs or shipping costs to your totals suddenly becomes something you don’t have to think about.
Invoicely has done a great job of creating a system that takes the pain out of managing payments. If you work with invoices — and if you made it this far, we’ll assume you do — we recommend you take Invoicely for a spin. It’s free, after all, so you don’t have anything to lose — and you’ll probably save a whole lot of time.