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. Perhaps you have known it (and used it?) in its early avatar called Invoice Bubble. If you have tried many invoicing apps and discarded them for various reasons, you might be inclined to think that Invoiceable is just more of the same. Be ready to be pleasantly surprised.
Here’s What You’ll Be Looking For
Invoiceable has an intuitive interface and workflow. With minimal tabs and settings, it ensures that you have fewer things to tweak and keep track of. Once you become familiar with the process of managing invoices and clients—which shouldn’t take too long—you don’t have to spend more than a couple of minutes or so to set up and send out a new invoice. The option to duplicate invoices makes future invoicing tasks ridiculously quicker.
What makes Invoiceable’s feature set so likeable is its ability to stay two steps ahead of you. With many invoicing solutions, creating an invoice is not at all straightforward. First, you have to navigate to various sections of the website to enter client data and add one or more items. You might also have to jump through a few other hoops before you can actually create an invoice.
With Invoiceable, you can skip all those steps, hit Add Invoice, and fill in relevant details as you go along. All that first-time information you add is automatically saved for future reference, under the Clients or Items tab as appropriate. I did find it odd that there was no way to add a saved item to a new invoice, for example, by selecting it from a dropdown.
More Features To Make Use Of
The options to automate invoices, export them to PDF, accept payments through PayPal, and generate reports are bound to come in handy for many of you. An option to restore deleted invoices would have been nice, as I discovered after accidentally deleting one.
Invoiceable does not provide a long list of customizable settings. That’s a good thing if, like me, you tend to get caught up in time-wasting tweaks. You can add your company information and logo, modify regional settings, and add custom text for the invoice email and footer. That’s about it. As far as in-built templates are concerned, there’s just the one, and it’s clean and beautiful. If you want to change how your invoices look, you do have the option of adding custom CSS from the account settings section.
Show Me The Money!
Every time you log in, you’re greeted by a colorful dashboard that gives you an yearly overview of all the cleared and due payments. This is a great feature that tells you at a glance how rewarding your work is in monetary terms. Such a bird’s eye view can help you make better choice of clients and assignments in future.
It’s Free, But…
Removing the Powered by Invoiceable tag from the footer and using a custom domain with your invoices require a one-time payment. All other features are available for free. If having the ad in the footer and an Invoiceable URL in the address bar sounds like a dealbreaker to you, paying to get them removed is probably still cheaper than paying for a complex invoicing service month after month.
Worried about incurring hidden fees at a later date, say, after your invoices and clients have crossed a certain number? Don’t be. An Invoiceable account does not come with any such limits, or hidden charges for that matter.
Too Good To Be True?
Invoiceable is not the ideal option for everyone. If you run a fairly big business, it is not for you. If you’re looking for a fancy, feature-rich solution customizable down to the last detail, it is not for you either. But if you’re a freelancer or a small-business owner who just wants an efficient tool to create invoices and manage a client base effectively, you’ll find that Invoiceable is the perfect hassle-free solution. With its no-nonsense approach to invoicing, the service promises to save you both time and money, and proves that getting paid does not have to be a costly affair.
Have you come across any free invoicing services that can match the ease of use of Invoiceable? Let us know in the comments.