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7 Online Invoicing Services for Small Business Owners

7 Online Invoicing Services for Small Business Owners

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Are you a small business owner or freelancer? Share your favorite platform in comments.

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019

8 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn in Less Than 6 Months

8 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn in Less Than 6 Months

Everyone has the ability to learn a life-changing skill not just this year, but in the next 6 months.

By life-changing, I mean something that can have a positive impact in your life moving forward, even if it’s something you can’t envision today. Certain skills we can immediately reap the benefits of, while others will be life-changing when we least expect it.

In this article, we’ll share 8 life-changing skills you can learn in 6 months, where you can learn them, and how you can get started today.

1. Speed reading

Bill Gates has been known to state that if he had one superpower, it would be the ability to read faster. What Bill and the rest of the mega-successful understand is that knowledge is power. The ability to process information faster from books, articles, and reports is what will help us learn faster, and therefore improve each aspect of our life faster as well.

Where you can start learning: Speed reading courses are becoming more popular, as more people realize how important it is with the limited time we have. You can check out free courses like Read Speeder or you can start learning how to use Spritzlet, which allows you to speed read articles online with a browser extension.

2. Public speaking

Research shows that people fear public speaking more than death itself. There’s something terrifying about being in front of dozens or hundreds of people, and exposing yourself completely. It’s when you’re most vulnerable, but learning how to public speak is a life-changer.

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Warren Buffett has given advice to recent graduates that the number one skill you can have to succeed is public speaking skills. Everything from communication, confidence, and sales is developed when you develop your public speaking skills.

Where you can start learning: Luckily, there are great communities out there like Toastmasters that organize local meetups all around the world. You’ll find amazing public speakers that are looking to get to the next level to beginners that are just getting started. Check out Toastmasters’ website here.

3. Spanish

As the third most spoken language in the world, the ability to speak Spanish will allow you to reach over 500M people around the world. No matter where you live, knowing how to speak Spanish is becoming increasingly more important, with the Hispanic population and economy spreading quickly worldwide. If you’re living in the US, this is even more important, with over 30% of the population being Hispanic.

Spanish is also on this list, because it’s one of the easiest languages to learn. Sure, Mandarin is an important language to learn, but it’s an incredibly difficult one to learn. If we were to measure the level of importance and the time to learn for all the languages available, Spanish would make it to the top of the list.

One of the biggest reasons why people never reach fluency in any foreign language is: using the wrong method, and lack of time.

It turns out that humans retain only 5% of what we learn from lectures, 20% of what we learn from apps (visual cues), and 90% of what we learn from immediate immersion. Yet, how do 90% of learn a new foreign language? Language schools (lectures), books, Duolingo (apps), etc that don’t provide the real-life immersion required for our brains to learn faster.

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Where to get started: If you want the most effective way to learn a language, learning from real-life interactions is the best way to do it. There are great websites like Rype, which offers Spanish coaching for busy people, solving the issue of lack of time and bringing real-life immersion to your screen. With Rype, you can book as many lessons as you want, at any time of the day, any day of the week, allowing you to fit it into your schedule, no matter how busy you are.

4. Accounting

If you’re looking to get into business, accounting is one of the core fundamentals you’ll need to succeed. While you don’t need to be an expert, you definitely should understand the basics.

This skill can also be used to manage your personal finances, to meet your financial goals, and having more control over your life.

Where to get started learning: If you didn’t learn accounting in school, no worries. You can either teach yourself using books, or check out free accounting courses online.

5. Microsoft Excel

Most people reading this probably have a basic understanding of Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet. While this is a good start, there are so many powerful functionalities that are hidden, which could make your life a lot easier.

Excel is also a great asset to have whenever you’re looking for a job, as many corporations rely on Excel to organize and manage multiple parts of the business.

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Where to get started learning: With the popularity of Excel, you can find tons of free resources and videos online to learn. Check out Excel Exposure, Lynda, and Excel with Business.

6. Blogging/Vlogging

Blogging is a powerful tool if you want to spread your ideas, build your brand, or grow your business. Since it was introduced, blogging has taken on a life of its own, and today there are ~2M blog posts being written on a daily basis.

Where to get started learning: Anyone can start blogging today. All you need is a content-management system like WordPress, which is completely free. Personally, I think the best way to start learning how to blog is to just start writing. There are techniques you can learn on how to promote your blog, but the best way to grow your blog is to write great content.

7. Weight training

Yes, weight training is a skill. It’s not as advanced as learning how to code, nor will it take as long as learning a new language, if you just want to learn the basics.

We’re not promising that you’ll get a body like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but you will see much faster results for whatever goal you have, just by understanding how to workout properly. And of course, when you’re dealing with an activity that involves physical strain, you’ll always want to caution yourself.

Where to get started learning: There are amazing body builders that are sharing all of their secrets for free on Youtube. You can check out Bodybuilding.com’s Youtube channel to get started.

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8. Photo and video editing

In the digital world that we live in, from Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook, there is no avoiding photos and videos. In fact, social media has increasingly gone away from text sharing and almost everything to photo and video editing.

Where to get started learning: For photo editing, you can use Photoshop. For video editing, you can use iMovie or Final Cut Pro. Keep in mind, there are dozens of editing software tools for video and photo editing, but what’s more important are your editing skills, not the tool itself.

Check out education websites like CreativeLIVE or Skillshare, where you can learn from experts themselves on how to best use design and software tools.

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