The naked truth about online invoicing

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  • 1. The Naked Truth about Online InvoicingOnline invoicing is the latest trend among freelancers. However before opting for it thefreelancer needs to have clarity of vision about it. It is imperative that the freelancercomprehends its pros and cons before making a final decision.The bad news about online invoicingOnline invoicing is not the right choice for everyone. If the freelancer doesn’t have reliableinternet connection, is not familiar or at ease with using the Internet then this would be adrawback compared to conventional invoicing. The user also needs to be comfortable with cloudbased software. If the freelancer or his/her clients are uncomfortable doing business online thenonline invoicing is not the right choice.In case of power outages or if the Servers are attacked by virus or temporarily overloaded thefreelancer will not be able to use the online invoicing system. Paper based systems are free fromsuch fallibilities. There is a learning curve for users since modern online invoicing systems havemany functions and features.Security is a prime concern since the online invoicing system on cloud are vulnerable tomalicious attacks and loss of data. You need to check out the security measures taken with yourSaaS provider.There is the expense factor to consider since many freelancers work on shoestring budgets. Theymay not be able to afford expensive online invoicing software.The good news and many reasons to smileHowever there are many advantages of using online invoicing. One is the preservation of theenvironment. Since it makes the invoicing process paper, less trees will be cut. It saves a huge© 2011 Apptivo Inc. All rights reserved.
  • 2. amount of time and money for the freelancer. Even a layman can create professional looking andelegant commercial invoices. It makes it convenient for the freelancer’s clients to comprehendthe charges, their breakup and the payment schedule. One can send reminders about payment toforgetful customers.A quality online invoicing software allows you to create, track and manage invoices with ease.One is able to create and status of the invoices anywhere, anytime leveraging the ubiquitoustechnology of the Internet.Modern online invoicing systems such as Apptivo’s invoicing apps are user friendly. Thistranslates into shorter learning curves and universal ease of use.Online invoicing systems are packed with a host of features and systems not matched by paperbased invoicing. There exist many pre-created purchase invoice templates ranging from thesimple to the sophisticated for the freelancer to pick and choose. Payment can be accepted usingdifferent modes such as Paypal and in multiple international currencies. Some online invoicingsoftware permits you to monitor when a client has viewed, approved and paid an invoice. Onlineinvoicing software can be customized to meet the unique and specific requirements of thefreelancer.Want to use a FREE Online Invoicing Tool? Check out Apptivo’s Online Invoicing SoftwareFinally online invoicing systems helps the freelancer to get more organized and him/her does nothave to worry much about the billing and invoicing parts of the business.Maya Pillai is passionate about helping small businesses and professionals. She is a blogger forApptivos Small Business University.© 2011 Apptivo Inc. All rights reserved.