Amateur, semi-pro, or full-time pro, if you’ve ever billed a client for services rendered we all want to present ourselves professionally. We as creatives typically do not want to spend hours slaving over some fancy pants accounting software.
I recently came across BlinkBid, an invoice and estimating software that was designed for creatives by creatives. Web designers, photographers, and graphic designers will love the fact that there is already items and services built into the software that we frequently bill clients for. This reduces the amount of setup time and you can literally be up and running in less than ten minutes.
The invoices and estimates are professional looking right out of the box and there is no tricky customization in order to get everything that you want (or don’t want) on our invoices. It’s all done via simple drop-down menus. You can easily add your company logo and even choose whether or not your company information shows up on estimates and invoices if your logo is present.
Adding contacts and clients is very quick and easy. It’s all done from one screen, a feature you won’t find with fancy accounting software. There is usually multiple tabs and that’s nothing more than a hassle. It’s also easy to add and customize items and services too.
BlinkBid is completely customizable with tax rates, what’s taxable and what isn’t, receiving income, terms and conditions, and more. It’s got a very slick interface and it’s easy to use. It doesn’t feel like a burden to open it up, create estimates, and print invoices.
One thing that some might see as a down-check is that BlinkBid doesn’t keep any type of register like accounting software would. For me, my finances are simple enough that it’s not an issue. Most freelancers would probably agree. But if you’re a big studio with a lot more to track, you’re probably are using accounting software or have an accountant. That wouldn’t preclude me from using BlinkBid though. I still like how easy it is to get an estimate out or get an invoice together.
Check out the video on how to get started with BlinkBid. It show’s you a good overview of all the features. I didn’t do a screencast myself because I liked their video so much.
BlinkBid offers a free 14-day trial so you can check it out for yourself and see just how great it is. It’s priced moderately at $229.00, which is about what you would pay for some fancy pants accounting software. The amount of time and effort you will save over accounting software makes the price very much worth it.
If you’re looking for killer software to create estimates and invoices and don’t want to spend hours setting it up for your business, then BlinkBid could definitely be a fit for you. Download the trial, check it out, and let us know what you think here in the comments!