For a small business owner, invoicing is probably one of the most important areas to manage and deal with. The basic question is if you are not invoicing your clients, how you are going to be paid? For a small business, cash flows are the lifeblood, and what supports that lifeblood is effective and timely invoicing and the collection of invoices.

Thankfully, however, there are plenty of options available online which offer affordable, effective and manageable invoice management services. But among many, it is always a battle to decide which one to use including both the free and paid versions.

Here is a list of 10 online invoicing services you can pick to improve your invoicing.

1. Freshbooks

Freshbooks has over 5 million users suggesting that this service is really the first choice of small business owners and freelancers. Freshboooks is considered to be incredibly easy for first time users and can integrate with other services such as PayPal. Freshbooks is also known for its award winning customer service, which is available for 24/7.

2. Invoicetome

Invoicetome is a free, basic invoice-generation service which is ideal for new businesses and freelancers who are tight on budget. This service allows you to design your own invoice online by putting in different details. You can take a PDF Print out also.

3. Cloudbooks

Cloudbooks is another simple and cost-effective online invoicing service which offers invoicing, time tracking, estimates and payment services. Its basic service is free where you can generate unlimited invoices for 1 client. It also offers packages for Teams and agencies ranging from $10/month to $20/m. Cloudbooks is good if you are specially looking for simple, effective service with stringent security.

4. SimpleInvoice

SimpleInvoice is a free invoicing service and claims to be the insanely simple service which even offers payment collection through credit card payments.  Its basic service allows designing online invoices and printing out the PDF of the same. For beginners who are looking for free and simple service, SimpleInvoice is a good free option; however, it is relatively simple and does not allow the tracking and statistics options to better manage all of your clients.

5. Simplybill

Simplybill, as the name suggests, is an invoicing service where you can design and send invoices within 60 seconds. It offers 14 days’ trial period and subsequently charges $5/m. It has built-in templates with the options to include taxes into invoices also. It also has an intuitive dashboard to track over-due payments and other statistics. Detailed Statistics can offer you sufficient insight into the overall behavior of your clients in paying off your invoices and what strategies you can develop to manage problematic clients.

6. Due

Due is online invoicing and time tracking service with unique selling proposition of offering speed with which invoices can be generated and sent. You can also export the invoices through csv or xml files which you can use to perform further analysis. For a limited invoices per month, service is free; however, for more than 3 invoices a month, it charges a fee. If you have few clients to manage, the free package is really excellent option available to you to manage your invoices.

7. Zoho

Zoho is more than just an invoicing service as it offers marketing and sales-management tools. Combined with sales and marketing tools, this invoicing service is relatively simple and easier to use. Zoho offers the additional benefit of sending automated payment reminders so that you remain updated on all upcoming and overdue payments. Zoho’s services therefore are in addition to what it is already offering for managing the overall marketing efforts of small businesses.

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