Five billing softwares for freelancers

The internet has made operating a startup extremely simple. There are a variety of options available to people now that get operations as close to what they are in a real enterprise. For freelancers, billing is often a big headache with different employees sending in their invoices in different formats. There are many applications available that allow invoicing to be made, and a format adhered to. This makes writing and processing these bills much faster. Here is a look at five software applications that allow invoices to be made and sent very simply.

Cashboard – This is a very strong invoicing app and takes care of almost every invoicing need there may arise. Most features for this app can be configured according to user needs. It also has direct payment options through gateways like PayPal. Taxation options and details have also been provided and even these can be customized by the users. It combines like time tracking and payroll expenses and can be programmed even to provide estimates. This application is over five years old and has been around very long to have a group of satisfied customers. It has a free version as well while the premium options take up the cost to around $140 per month.

Blinksale – This is a billing application that has provided users with a lot of designing options. Users can use CSS to design their invoice sheets and it really looks pretty decent. It offers all the basic options to users and with flexible cost plans. This is best professionals with carefully designed invoices and offers many safety options as well as payment options as well. The Blinksale API is also available once you purchase it and can integrate it with any other options that you may want. It has unlimited plans of around $15 per month as well as free plans.

SimplyBill – This is another customizable application that comes with a lot of options including widgets, email alerts and preparing price quotes. It is an extremely quick app and is compatible with Microsoft Excel. It also has an iPhone app that clients can make use of. Invoicing is a simple and easy process with designing options available. It comes in four variants, the free variant with all the basic features and plans costing $5, $15 and $25 per month depending on the features you require and select.

Freshbooks – One of the most popular applications being used by freelancers doing designing work, this application allow users to receive payments within a few minutes using the credit card payment options provided. More organized application behavior and bookkeeping options ensure this app is a winner. Options to send invoices through email and creating timesheets online make this one a winner. It offers potential users a month long free trial period and monthly plans up to $149. It is available on the App Store as well.

LessAccounting – One of the best accounting and billing applications in the market, LessAccounting presents the user with a very simple interface. It has different plans with a free version as well as a cost effective $20 per month plan. It can be integrated into a lot of 3rd party applications. This application has one of the best tech support options and has suitable deals for a lot of startups available. Banking and payment options complete the options available.

This guest post is written by Ben Thomas who works as a business consultant and provides tips for its development. He also works in providing business tools and products like invoice & Templates through his website.

Beyond Facebook: the importance of face-to-face interaction in the modern world

Although Facebook provides connectivity with people, we live in a world of greater depression, loneliness, and even chemical dependency. You would think this would not be the case, but virtually all the people using the social networking device/service are talking to themselves, hearing no tonality and seeing no body language from their responders. But, I suppose this does provide a “safe” environment for those individuals who find it difficult to genuinely relate to others except behind a sort of mask or shield. Comedians, or actors, often dwell in the same category. Some might describe this as a way to be something you’re not, the opposite of the adage and advice given to children in their struggles to achieve social acceptability, “just be yourself.” Of course positive attributes exist as well. For example, military service folks have opportunities to communicate with their families from around the world.

Really Replaceable?

Since Facebook is probably here to stay, the fact remains that it must not replace face-to-face interaction. Think of it, a couple meets on a website and maybe even becomes Facebook “friends,” but they eventually want to spend time with one another, experiencing each other’s spontaneity and just how those little quirks define their personalities. After all it is a bit difficult to go to a favorite hangout while on Facebook; “let’s leave Facebook in the house, dear!” Would you, parents, really want to know your children are succeeding in academia without playing well with others?

Why?

To be honest, the reason people need interaction with other people is because it is in that image we assumed our form. I know it’s an old song, but appropriate here: “People Who Need People…are the luckiest people in the world.” Centenarians usually do not live so long because they are hermits affixed to Facebook, contrarily because they consider others greater than themselves.

Anything Wrong?

Qualities of human nature still tend to show even if Facebook is the mode of communication. In fact, the abrupt shutting down of Facebook time with a “friend” communicates the possibility of something being amiss in the relationship…or a bit of manipulation between the parties. Further attributes include jealousy, greed, and uncaring. Many times these are incorrect perceptions which clear through personal interaction.

Nothing New

Therefore, it seems to me that, as the poem and song communicate, “No Man is an Island.” And it is via these I will close this editorial on the need for face-to-face interaction in the modern world, despite the opportunities Facebook may provide. Included below are the lyrics to the song demonstrating the need for personal interaction which has apparently been around for a while, i.e., since John Donne penned the phrase in the 1600s.

No Man is an Island

No man is an island, no man stands alone
Each man’s joy is joy to me
Each man’s grief is my own
We need one another, so I will defend
Each man as my brother
Each man as my friend

No man is an island far out in the blue
We all look to One above
Who our strength doth renew
When I help my brother
Then I know that I plant the seeds
Of friends that will never die

I saw the people gather
I heard the music start
The song that they were singing
Is ringing in my heart

No man is an island, no man stands alone
Each man’s joy is joy to me
Each man’s grief is my own
We need one another, so I will defend
Each man as my brother
Each man as my friend

This and many other educational articles helping educate people on the importance of communication skills have been prepared for you by Travis Lee, thanks to SEOMap.