I mentioned this service a few episodes back, and after using a system that tracked my time, and then another system to do billing, I got tired of the hassle. I was always behind on my billing as it took too much time.
I now can login to my website, make a few clicks and generate and invoice for a client that automatically checks the times that have not been billed, and puts them into the invoice for this customer. It takes less than a minute. Then I email to my customer. They go to my website, login, and pay my invoice. It them to paypal, they pay the invoice. It updates freshbooks, and sends me an email to alert me I've been received a payment. I'm not involved at all.
If my customer does not pay the bill in a time that I set up, it emails them and lets them know they are late. I can set so many billing options. I can set up reoccurring payments, I can bill by the hour, by the task, by the project, and more. IT's very flexible, and yet not so robust that it creates a giant learning curve.
I have a client of mine that is site impaired. He said it was “easy peasy.” So that was a nice bonus as well. My billing went from taking an hour or so to minutes. This pays for the monthly fee and then some. I love this system. There is even a free version if you want to kick the tires. Watch the video to see behind the scenes of Freshbooks.