Highly Recommended Accounting Software for Designers
Accounting is on the same level as going to the dentist with me. I’m not going to lie – I hate it. I think that notion is true for many creative people these days. Unfortunately, accounting is a fact of life. If you want to make money and survive this economy you better have your decimal points in the right places.
I used to write my invoices up one by one. I would refer to my notebook with a long list of handwritten scribbles and do my best to add them all up. Let’s just say that the results were less than profitable. I always seemed to forget small items and I always questioned myself before I sent out a bill.
All of that is behind me now. I have discovered Freshbooks. Now accounting for my time is a breeze. I actually enjoy it (did I just say that?)
When I start a project, the first thing I do is set it up on my Freshbooks account. From there, I capture my time for every single change and revision. Now nothing get’s lost between the cracks. I enter tasks every step of the way and monitor my outstanding invoices. It even sends reminders to “deadbeat clients” so that you don’t have to waste time hunting them down.
The system is all online and has many great features that allow you to keep your mind focused on making money without the annoying task of running your own accounting department. Since I signed up, I’m more productive and creative (you can try it for FREE to take a look for yourself).
I can easily say that this is one of my most profitable investments this year. I highly recommend it. Vectorvault runs like a dream on this tool. You should take a close look at Freshbooks.
Read about some of the features:
Automate invoicing and collections
Streamline your business through recurring invoices. Set up auto-billing to automatically charge your client’s credit card.
Collect online payments
According to our 2007 User Survey our users get paid on average 14 days faster after starting to use FreshBooks. How do we do this? By allowing clients to view and pay invoices online without any hassle.
Set it and forget it
Automate late payment reminders to your clients, and save time collecting from delinquent clients.
Generate invoices based on time, expenses, and fixed cost services/items or any combination thereof.
Impress your clients
Look like a pro and impress your clients by giving your clients online access to their invoices and account history.
Stop stuffing envelopes
For a nominal fee send snail mail invoices straight to your clients. Each invoice is printed with your logo and includes a return envelope for the client’s convenience.
Your data is backed up and secure
Your data is backed up in real time to three sources in two different locations, and backed-up to tape at an off-site location nightly. All facilities are SAS 70 compliant. All data is transmitted using 256-bit SSL encryption and stored behind firewalls.