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If you are a freelancer, small business owner, entrepreneur, or a “solopreneur, 5 Resources Every Online Solopreneur Needs -- Do You Have Them? 5 Resources Every Online Solopreneur Needs -- Do You Have Them? For a solopreneur, the Web is a fun place from which to run a business. But to ensure that your online business runs smoothly, you need to arm yourself with certain basic resources. Read More ” you already know the web is full of professional tools and services for creating invoices 10 Simple, Customisable Invoice Templates Every Freelancer Should Use 10 Simple, Customisable Invoice Templates Every Freelancer Should Use Being a freelancer is hard. You've got to constantly be on your A-Game. Read More . The task is sifting through them all to find the ones that offer the features and functionality that you need, for the price you can afford. All services have upgrade options, but what features are they withholding in hopes that you’ll pay for them?

Previously, I wrote about several websites that allow you to create free invoices without an account No Sign-up Required -- Create Free Invoices Quickly No Sign-up Required -- Create Free Invoices Quickly There are some great free invoice managers on the web. But the keywords you want are free and quick. These 4 highly-recommended invoice websites let you do both. Read More . If you need to manage your invoices and enjoy other features, keep reading.

In this article, I’ve collected six great invoicing services, many of which provide more than just invoicing for free. All have premium upgrades and some are better deals than others. The idea is to use this guide to discover what service is the best fit for you and your business.

Invoiceable

1 Invoiceable Interface

Invoiceable is gaining a lot of traction as the go-to online invoicing website. And it’s no wonder when you look at its ability to manage your clients and create custom invoices on the fly through the intuitive, mobile-friendly design. The best part, though, is that all features are free. While many services (including some mentioned in this article) limit the number of invoices per month or cap the total amount of clients, with Invoiceable you only pay if you want to personalize your invoice account with a custom domain. This wouldn’t be a bad move for your business.

Check out our complete review of Invoiceable Meet Invoiceable: A Free Invoicing Solution For Small Businesses Meet Invoiceable: A Free Invoicing Solution For Small Businesses It doesn't get cheaper than free. There are some excellent free invoicing tools out there that your small business can benefit from. Invoiceable is one of them. Read More .

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Highlighted Features

  • Manage clients
  • Quickly create invoices
  • 256-bit SSL encryption
  • Mobile friendly
  • Automate invoices
  • PayPal integration

Pros

  • All features accessible (except personal domain)
  • Unlimited clients/invoices
  • Clean, intuitive design

Cons

  • Invoiceable branding on free invoices

Hiveage (Previously CurdBee)

2 Hiveage interface

In the past we featured CurdBee CurdBee: Easy Billing & Invoicing Web Application CurdBee: Easy Billing & Invoicing Web Application Read More , which recently got a face (and feature) lift and is now called Hiveage. Like Invoiceable, this invoice and client manager doesn’t have a monthly limit for the number of invoices you can create with the free version, and it’s compatible with PayPal and Google Wallet. Should you want to do invoicing on the go, the intuitive web interface is mobile-friendly as well. When you choose to upgrade for its additional features, customize what you need so you aren’t paying for more than what you’ll use.

Highlighted Features

  • Unlimited Clients
  • Unlimited Invoices
  • PayPal & Google Wallet compatible
  • Mobile-friendly interface

Pros

  • No invoice/client limits
  • Clean design
  • Upgrade includes a custom plan

Cons

  • Hiveage branding on invoices
  • More features need an upgrade
  • Upgrade is a monthly/yearly subscription

Zoho Invoice

3 Zoho interface

Zoho has been around for some time and is likely the number one online competitor to Google Docs. It’s a leader in online project management and CRM, containing plenty of business-focused tools. For many already using Zoho for other purposes, it makes sense to stay within the same system. That is if you can function within its constraints of the free account. Despite the user and mobile-friendly web design, you’re limited to 5 customers max – that’s less and kind of unrealistic, even for a free tool.

One other large disadvantage (for me) is the monthly subscription should you want more of the features – a probable case for many businesses. With a month-to-month service, it’s a constant expense and you end up paying far more than what you would with other options. To some, its features and tools may be worth that.

Beyond the customer limit (so to speak) and monthly premium, Zoho is an awesome invoicing tool with features that kept it from going unmentioned in this article. These include Google Apps integration, compatibility with PayPal (and other payment services), and invoice, payment and expense automation – a feature that often costs a premium with other cloud invoicing clients.

Highlighted Features

  • Google Apps and CRM Integration
  • Mobile invoicing (iOS, Android, Windows)
  • Compatible with PayPal and other payment services
  • Invoice, payment and expense automation
  • Track payments
  • Reports
  • Expense and time tracking

Pros

  • Most features available
  • No Zoho-branded invoice

Cons

  • 5 customer limit
  • Zoho-branded emails
  • Upgrade is a monthly cost

Wave

4 Wave Interface

Wave is the closest to a full-featured accounting and invoicing service. The free service is geared towards small businesses, entrepreneurs and freelancers alike. And it’s completely free — no catch. We’ve already raved about Wave Wave Accounting: Free Cloud-Based Accounting Software For Small Businesses Wave Accounting: Free Cloud-Based Accounting Software For Small Businesses Read More , so look at that article for more insight. As far as features go, you can use it as your business invoicing and accounting software – it separates the two within the same account. It securely integrates with your bank account and online payment service. You can view accounts and reports, create and send invoices and scan in receipts.

Wave does have three pro services: Payroll, accepting credit cards, and premium support. However, these aren’t provided under a large umbrella-account where you end up paying for functionality you don’t need. Instead, each has their own affordable price.

4.2 Wave Pricing

Highlighted Features

  • Bank account/online payment integration
  • Account and reports
  • Create and send invoices
  • Receipt scanning
  • Personal finance

Pros

  • Intuitive and mobile-friendly web interface
  • Completely free accounting and invoicing
  • Only need to pay for a premium tool when you need it

Cons

  • Mobile invoice app available only for iOS
  • May be more than what you need

Nutcache

5 Nutcache Interface

Many of you have actually heard of Nutcache already because I’ve seen it mentioned in the comments of our other articles on invoicing and on MakeUseOf Answers. Nutcache allows for unlimited users and companies for one account – a rare free feature with invoicing services. All core features are free, though some are more limited, such as the number and size of files you can attach to the invoice (1 file/transaction up to 5 MB), and data storage (1 GB for the free account). Many more invoicing features are available, but they’ll cost you a monthly fee.

The interface is nice and mobile-friendly, though a bit heavy on sub-menus, making it difficult to find what you’re looking for. In addition, Nutcache makes a time logger app for Android and iOS.

Highlighted Features

  • Unlimited users/clients
  • Mobile time logger app (Android/iOS)

Pros

  • All core features available
  • Modern, mobile interface

Cons

  • Link-heavy interface (lots of submenus)
  • Upgrade is a monthly cost

Affordable and Convenient: PayPal

It’s true that invoicing through PayPal How To Set Up A PayPal Account For Your Business How To Set Up A PayPal Account For Your Business If you run a small business or are thinking of taking the plunge into self-employment then there’s a good chance you will need a quick and easy method of invoicing and charging your customers or... Read More isn’t completely free. While you don’t pay anything for creating or sending the invoice, once the client pays you through PayPal, there is a 2.9% charge + $0.30 per invoice.

When receiving payment through PayPal, however, you’re already paying the 2.9% per transaction, so it’s only an additional $0.30 per invoice. When considering the convenience of staying within the same system you’re already used to, this is nothing.

6 PayPal Interface 1

PayPal doesn’t have as many features as the other invoice managers mentioned here, but it gives you all you need: invoice and client management, tax settings, storing items such as products or services sold, and templates. It even allows you to provide financing to your clients.

6.2 PayPal Interface 2

Highlighted Features

  • Attach up to 5 files per invoice
  • Offer financing

Pros

  • Mobile app
  • No monthly fees
  • Convenient if you’re already using it

Cons

  • Limited functionality
  • 2.9% + $0.30 per invoice transaction on received payment

Conclusion

When it comes down to deciding which invoicing tool to use, it depends on how it fits into your system. You should use something integrated within your current accounting setup. When you are on a budget or aren’t happy with the invoicing service you already have, you could look elsewhere. In this case, I’d recommend for you to look at Invoiceable as your sole invoicing tool.

Wave Accounting or Zoho are your best options when starting a new system that won’t throw your current practices for a loop. Keep in mind that Zoho will cost you more than Wave, but if it has what your business needs (and Wave doesn’t) the cost is trivial.

Hiveage and Nutcache are viable invoicing services too. I like Invoiceable the best, but it’s great to have options, and you may find either of the former more attractive for what you need.

PayPal comes in last, for me. It’s a great option to know about, but many other services do integrate with PayPal.

Interested in more complete accounting services? Check out our write-up featuring 5 cloud-based accounting apps 5 Worthy Cloud-Based Accounting Apps For Your Small Business 5 Worthy Cloud-Based Accounting Apps For Your Small Business In an industry that has traditionally been dominated by expensive and resource-hungry desktop programs there are now an ever increasing number of lightweight yet powerful cloud-based apps. We pick five worthies. Read More .

What do you use currently? Has this article changed that or solidified your choice? Let’s hear your thoughts and opinions in the comments!

  1. Martijn
    April 21, 2015 at 6:45 am

    I’m a web app designer/developer in Netherlands, and we have a rather popular online invoicing service called Moneybird, which I’ve used for a couple of years. I signed up with Hiveage after coming across them at a startup festival in Amsterdam: their UI and the workflows are simple and elegant, and judging from the folks I met, they’re a cool team with great plans :)

    I’m currently helping the Hiveage team with testing a payment method called iDEAL: it’s what everybody here uses for online payments.

  2. Mario Pete
    April 20, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    I am an accounting consultant CPA and always helping my clients select the correct tool for their invoicing/accounting. I've been through several online apps in the last decade or so and can say Freshbooks, Harvest and CurdBee are the best and they've been doing it for several years. There were couple of others but they just disappeared after a short stay and I had to ask my clients to switch to one of the above.

    Btw I am quite surprised to see Nutcache army commenting on each and every post praising them. Same on twitter these days. These guys must be paid for it ;)

  3. Todd Dunphys
    March 30, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    I'm using nutcache and I'm really happy so far. And I have to mention, tech support is great!

    • Aaron Couch
      March 31, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      Nutcache is getting a surprising amount of positive feedback! Thanks for the input, Todd!

  4. Tom
    March 30, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I'm using Nutcache for my small company and its working like a charm ! They offer an incredibly fast support and they always anwser to all my questions. I would defintely recommend it to anyone looking for an easy to use and flexible invoicing solution !

    Very good article keep the good work !

    Tom

    • Aaron Couch
      March 31, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      Thanks for the feedback Tom! If readers read the comments, all this positive input on Nutcache will definitely help them!

  5. mike
    March 28, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Hi and thank you for this comparison :)
    My favorite is Nutcache.
    Where does your screen capture of Nutcache come from?
    This is their old site. Have you seen and try the new one ?
    Your opinion ?

    Thank you
    Mike

    • Aaron Couch
      March 28, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      Hi Mike,

      Looks like they changed their look very recently. The screenshot I grabbed was probably from a couple weeks ago. From the time of researching and writing an article to it being scheduled and then being published, there can often be enough time laps for technology to change, unfortunately.

  6. Fernanda Sampaio
    March 27, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    I'm using ballpark and i'm really happy with it!

    • Aaron Couch
      March 28, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Nice! Thanks for the feedback, Fernanda. I'll look into it :-)

  7. Cole
    March 27, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    You left off Harvest, https://www.getharvest.com/features/invoicing. It works really well for managing invoices, especially if you use their time and expense tracking tools.

    • Aaron Couch
      March 31, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks Cole. Harvest just as a free trial, though, correct?

    • Cole
      March 31, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      No, Harvest is free for a single user, but limited to 4 Clients and 2 Projects. Should be enough for solo work. https://www.getharvest.com/pricing

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