Category: Invoicing

Tips, tricks, and guides to help you with invoicing for your service business. Helpful content ranging from invoicing tools to how to the challenges faced with hourly billing.

quickbooks online vs quickbooks desktop

QuickBooks Online vs Desktop 2018: How They Compare

  So you’re trying to decide between QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Desktop. How do you know which one makes sense for your business needs? While QuickBooks Desktop has been dominant in the small business accounting space, more than 80% of new QuickBooks users are choosing QuickBooks Online over QuickBooks Desktop. In fact, Intuit, the creators...

Quote vs. Estimate

The Important Differences Between a Quote, Estimate, Bid, and Proposal

There’s more than one way to begin a new project with a potential customer. Which terminology you use to make your offer can affect how the project develops – and your bottom line.  While in-house you may use the terms quote vs. estimate with flexibility, it maximizes your efficiency to be consistent when talking to...

Mobile Invoicing

How to Create a Contractor Invoice

If you’ve recently started a contractor business, you’re probably ready to start billing customers. It’s an exciting step because it means you’ve gotten new work and you’re about to make money. But you have to present the bill to get paid. And you’re probably asking, “how do I create a contractor invoice?” Let’s look at...

QuickBooks Online

QuickBooks Online vs Desktop

Note: This article provides a quick comparison, but for a more detailed review and information on which version of QuickBooks is right for you, see our ultimate guide to QuickBooks Online vs. Desktop. You need accounting software, yet you are plagued with the anxiety of choice. Do a quick online search, and you find that a particularly...

iPad invoice

Handling Customer Estimates as a Contractor

If there’s one thing that can create tension in a contractor-client relationship, it’s the estimate. When you finally get to it, it can be the make or break for your deal. How do you create and present an estimate or proposal that wins the deal without compromising your price or offering? Make sure your estimates...

Overdue invoice

Handling Late Payments: Getting Paid While Saving Your Reputation

Handling late payments is never easy; finding the right balance between being firm enough to protect your business interests and accommodating enough to earn a strong reputation among your customers is an art. It’s a mixture of soft skills, hard policy, and rigorous account tracking, but if you have the right system in place collecting...

Digital Invoice

Your Customers Want Electronic Invoices

You’ve been handwriting estimates and invoices for years; it’s been getting the job done well before the prevalence of smartphones. But simply getting the job done is not enough anymore. Are you wasting precious time, making mistakes, and disappointing customers? Learn why handwritten invoices simply don’t cut it in today’s digital world. All-in-one business management...

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How Square Mobile Payments Can Make Your Life Easier

Sixty-nine percent of Americans carry less than $50 in cash, and thirty-eight percent don’t write checks, which can make it hard to take payments on site. When you’re reliant on invoices and phone calls to collect payments, it’s easy for things to fall through the cracks, and the way the demographics skew, it looks like...

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Write It Down: Proper Business Documentation Can Save You Thousands

Paperwork is the bane of many a business owner’s existence, but business documentation plays a crucial role in protecting both the business and its employees. The temptation to play things by ear and rely on verbal agreements can be hard to resist, especially when you know it will save you a few hours in the...

Digital Invoice

Should You Use Hourly Billing For Your Service Business?

How you structure your billing has a large impact on whether your customers consider you to be expensive or affordable. If the bill they get at the end of the day doesn’t match their expectations, it won’t matter how much it cost. Even when the final price is the same, customers assess value based on...