The second kind of bill is the one we present to clients so we can get paid for our work. We shopped around awhile and found an affordable invoice app for the Mac that wasn’t too complicated. We just want to get paid for what we do.
Bill is the invoicing app for the Mac that fits between the full-fledged invoicing apps, accounting apps, and a level of expensive and complexity we’re trying to avoid.
Before digging into an invoicing app it’s good to think about what you want it to do. For us, it was a straightforward exercise. We want Bill to create an invoice (but it also does quotes which can become invoices; a plus) with all the basics– client information, invoice details, and extra items such as discounts, shipping, taxes, and of course, the total.
We had two other points that Bill needed to fulfill. One is the option to save an invoices as a PDF which can be sent to a client via email, or printed out and mailed. Bill also pulls client information from Contacts on the Mac so that saved time. Customizing the invoice was easy, too.
The second point was flexibility. Since we’re somewhat new at the home business game we didn’t want to get locked down into a system until we’ve figured out what works for us. Bill is limited, hence the lower price tag, but it remembers clients, addresses, customer numbers, due dates, what was paid and what wasn’t, and the extras can be added with a click.
What Bill is missing is an option we’d like to have. Time tracking. We usually get paid for the amount of time we spend on tasks from a project and having a built-in time tracking function would be a huge plus.
Otherwise, Bill gets five stars from other Mac users and deservedly so. It won’t pay your bills, but it will send bills out so you can get paid.