Recently I have been on the watch for a good web based accounting and invoicing program. There are numerous services out there that are top notch but they all have the dreaded monthly payment. The most common web based software runs around $30 a month, that is a total of $360 for the year. For some semi professionals this is a little steep. My problems were solved when I ran across the free web based app Wave.
*Update*- Wave sent me this great link for photographers. www.waveapps.com/photographers
My main goals when looking for a program was to be able to cut professional invoices. I started using PayPal to send customers invoices, which isn't horrible, but I really didn't want PayPal's name near my brand, I just wanted my brand. With Wave I am able to do this with ease. Wave also lets you link up with a credit card service and offer a one stop shop for your clients.
Wave also lets you create very professional estimates as well. This is great when I am quoting a customer and really want to put my best foot forward. To many times in the past I try to format the email to look professional and fallen short. Once you have booked the event you can simple change the estimate into an invoice and email to your client.
This is just a quick overview on my two favorite parts of Wave so far. I am still learning the ins and outs. Wave also keeps track of you transactions per account, bills, receipts, reports, and payroll. The best part of this software is it is FREE. So you have nothing to lose trying it for as long as you would like. www.waveapps.com