If you are a freelancer, or running your own business, chances are you will have to generate invoices day in and day out. If you search the Internet, you will find out that the majority of good invoicing and time-tracking solutions are paid services, and most of them require you to sign up an account with them.
If you are looking for some tools to help you generate invoices online for free and without having to sign up for an account, check out the following websites:
In the past, I have used a lot of invoicing tools, both free and paid. Most of them require the users to sign up for an account and spend some time to setup their accounts, company logo, client information etc.
Minutebill is a free tool that allows you to generate invoices online without having to sign up for any account. To get started, all you have to do is visit MinuteBill homepage and it will load up a template of an invoice. You can add all the details such as the client name, your company name, date, invoice number, item and product details, product pricing and contact details.
After adding all the required details, click on Create PDF, and it will open the invoice in a PDF format which you can save on your computer and send to your clients. You can even save the details so that you don’t have to enter the same info again and again. The tool saves all the settings in your browser cache and loads them every time you open MinuteBill. One thing to note here is that it adds a link to their website in the footer of each invoice.
You can change some basic settings such as PDF file name, date format and currency as well. Just click on Settings from the taskbar and change the required settings. Currently, the service supports all the basic currencies including USD and those from UK, Australia, Canada, Turkey, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Invoicd is another handy utility that allows users to create invoices on the go. Just like MinuteBill, you don’t have to go through any registration process. After opening Invoicd homepage, you will be presented with a template of an invoice. The service is a simple interface and allows users to upload their company logo along with other details such as client information, date, invoice number, etc.
Unlike MinuteBill, Invoicd allows users to email the invoices without downloading them to their computer. If you want to save a copy of the invoice on your computer, just click on “Generate PDF” and it will automatically download the file to your computer.
The service doesn’t support as many common currencies as MinuteBill. Currently it only supports USD, UK Pound, Indian Rupees, Euro and Japanese Yen.
Both of these services are great, and I hope they keep on introducing new features as they become popular. One of the annoying thing that comes with both of these services is the site URL appended at the footer of the invoice. It sure makes your invoice looks unprofessional and there doesn’t seem to have an option to remove it. Apart from that, both of these services are simple and easy to use, allowing you to generate invoices online. Personally, I like MinuteBill more as the layout it offers is minimal and very simple.
How do you create invoices? Feel free to share your thoughts using the comments section below.
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