One of the most difficult things in running your own business is figuring out how to easily charge clients and get paid!
At Stylevise, we get many questions from stylists and designers around billing and accounting – specifically about how to best invoice clients for their services (e.g. interior design, interior styling, event styling, personal styling or wardrobe consulting, photo styling, etc.). Given we’ve done some research in this space ourselves, we thought we’d share a number of easy online invoicing solutions (all cloud-based software providers) that can quickly and easily help you with this part of your business!
We hope you will find the list of easy online invoicing solutions below helpful in growing your business as a stylist or designer.
Easy Online Invoicing Solutions FOR YOUR BUSINESS
When it came to our top four choices, we were looking for easy online invoicing solutions that were easy to use, had a clean user interface, were cloud-based (so they could be used anywhere!), and were relatively inexpensive. Another super important criteria when researching (and selecting) easy online invoicing solutions was the ability to send an invoice easily via email and collect payment electronically.
Overall, we wanted to provide you with a short, curated list to make your life easier (while still providing options to review and choose from for your own business). All of the easy online invoicing solutions below win points for their ability to meet the needs of a creative freelancer such as the talented stylists and designers on the Stylevise platform.
We use Xero here at Stylevise as our full accounting solution and as a very easy online invoicing solution. We really like the invoicing feature that is a part of this accounting platform. It’s easy to create an invoice directly in the software program, and then email a copy to your client. When you do, you can customize the text, your logo and other design elements so that it looks just the way you would like. When your client receives the invoice via email, they can directly click on the invoice to pay electronically. This helps you get paid faster! Xero has an intro plan starting at under $7/m, and their standard plan is currently on sale for $21/m.
2) 17 Hats.
17Hats is a new freelancer solution that has many, many features to keep your life more sane and your business more organized. It’s one of the easiest online invoicing solutions out there for sure, but also does much more beyond just invoicing! (This is different from Xero, which really is more of an accounting platform than a company-management system!) Along with its other features (those 17Hats that the company name refers to!), there are many positive reviews for its invoicing system. You can customize the invoice with your logo and message. You can use the system to help you accept credit cards from clients, and 17Hats doesn’t take any markup on the payment processing fees. Currently, the monthly plan is $29/m, but that goes down if you pay annually. And, you’ll get access to additional features like project management and client management tools.
FreshBooks is another company that has gotten a lot of rave reviews lately and has a sleek integrated invoicing system. We love the clean user interface on this product, which we know is important to designers and stylists! It’s easy to create an invoice and easy to track if the invoice has been viewed and/or paid. Using FreshBooks, you can accept credit cards and get paid online. There are other neat features too, like time tracking – which we know is helpful when you are getting a handle on how much time you are spending on a project, or need to bill to a client if charging by the hour. You can do some nerdy (but fun) analysis on your business too using the data from invoicing and time tracking. Ultimately, FreshBooks is a solid contender in the field of choices you have when it comes to easy online invoicing solutions! Packages start at around $10/m.
If all you need is a fast (and free!) option to build simple invoices and get paid online, you should definitely check out Invoiceable. It’s easy to keep track of clients here, create invoices (even on mobile devices), and send them directly to clients. Nice, right?! There is online payment options available via PayPal as well. It’s simple, but it is free! (There is an annual upcharge if you remove links from ongoing invoices.) Invoiceable is worth checking out, especially if you don’t need an all-encompassing business management solution.
Lastly, let’s not forget PayPal if you’re looking for a free, simple and no-frills option to create an invoice and get paid by clients. PayPal lets you easily send professional business invoices via email (you can also save up to 10 different invoice templates). You can find instructions for how to send an invoice using PayPal here.
Invoicing can take a lot of time and be pretty frustrating, but luckily there are a lot of great easy online invoicing solutions out there to make it easier now! Check out the affordable (or free) invoicing providers above and find the one that works best for you.
Let us know what you end up using or if you have any other suggestions for easy online invoicing solutions in the comments below, because we absolutely love passing on good advice to other stylists and designers!
Thanks in advance, and happy styling!