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Why Switch to FreshBooks from Word or Excel?

There are dozens of different ways to take care of invoicing and accounting. Sadly, using Word or Excel is one of the most common and one of the most arduous. FreshBooks is the perfect replacement for Word and Excel.

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With Word or Excel, Invoicing Takes Too Many Time-Consuming Steps

You know the routine: Open your trusty invoice template, type in your client’s address, fill in descriptions for the work you did, enter the time you spent on each task, input in the amounts owed, triple-check the math on the totals, then save, send and repeat.

This way of invoicing might get the job done, but it costs you valuable time and hard-earned money.

Invoicing with Word or Excel Leads to Snow-Balling Problems

Powerful FreshBooks Features for the Small Business Owner

  • Automate Recurring Invoices
  • Easily Capture Expenses
  • Log Every Hour with Time Tracking
  • Collaborate with Contractors
  • Create Easy to Understand Reports

Simply put, invoicing in Word and Excel devours your valuable time. That means you might put it off until you actually have time to do it, but as a small business owner, you rarely have free time. The result is sending your invoice really late, if you remember to do it at all, meaning you get paid even later. Worse, you lie awake at night wondering, “who owes me money, and how much?”

Then there’s tax time. That dread-inducing, time wasting, scramble to get organized. An annual event only an accountant can love.

Good news. It doesn’t have to go on like this.

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Effortless Invoicing and Accounting

Imagine a world where your invoicing pain evaporates like puddles on a sunny day and you actually jump out of bed to bill your clients. In this world invoicing is easy, accurate, and automated and invoices look so professional that you don’t just get paid, you get complimented. Oh, and those troublesome clients who are late to pay…they automatically get a polite email asking for payment, without you having to lift a finger.

But don’t stop there. It’s not just invoicing you have to manage, it’s expenses too. Imagine you could do away with the paper receipts stuffed in your pockets? You can. Simply snap a picture of a receipt with your phone after a business lunch and your digital receipt will be whisked away to the cloud for future use. That paper receipt? Leave it where it is. Plus, in this new world, your bank transactions are automatically collected and organized, so you have a complete picture of how much you make and how much you spend.

When tax time is on the horizon, you’ll have reports at your fingertips and digital copies of your expense receipts to back them up. Accessible anytime, from anywhere and your accountant can access all the information they need to do their thing.

“Who owes me money, and how much?”

Stop Wasting Time, Start Using Freshbooks

If any of this rings a bell, you’re a lot like Mike – one of the co-founders of FreshBooks. He used to love his old Word template until one day he saved over an invoice, threw his fists up in the air and cried out, “there has to be a better way!” There is…FreshBooks. He built FreshBooks to make billing a breeze, and since 2004, over 24,000,000 people have trusted their business to FreshBooks.

“FreshBooks takes care of a million thankless tasks.”

So, How Does It Work?

The first step is quick and easy. It’s a free trial.

After that, all you need to do is start creating invoices and capturing expenses. In the background, FreshBooks takes care of a million thankless tasks – like generating reports, collecting payments and emailing your clients if they are late to pay.

Need help getting started or trying out a new feature? Real human beings are a phone call or email away, and unlike other companies, we love hearing from you.

What have you got to lose? Say goodbye to your trusty Word or Excel invoice templates and shout HELLO to FreshBooks.

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