BlinkBid Software Review

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!


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5 thoughts on “BlinkBid Software Review

  1. Blinkbid Sucks. I wasted my money!
    Several reasons below:

    You are not allowed to design your invoice on the fly… which causes you to have to go to print preview just to to see what you are doing. I had to go back and forth and add spaces manually and some sort of text (we added a period) to hold the space. But when you went back to the line items, it defaults back and you have to add in Every preference. It literally took us 8 or 9 hours to prepare a big estimate with terms/conditions and spacial usage because it kept defaulting one category or another.

    You cannot adjust the margins on all four sides of your document.
    There is no page numeration… crucial to a signed and approved estimate. From experience, I know a client can easily say they did not approve a budget if you do not have a signed AND numbered estimate.

    I tried to use the upload document feature and share an estimate I was doing with another person on the west coast. He was doing one part and I was doing another. I uploaded mine to share with him.. and all the info overrode the other his estimate instead of updating. Our only solution at 2 AM was to rename and rename updates. I think I had 20 versions of one single job. VERY confusing!

    They have NO MANUAL OR TECH ASSISTANCE. Their “manual” is a webpage with recently asked questions. This page does not even allow you to search for keywords. You can ask them a question, but it takes sometimes 2 days for them to answer. When I am trying to dop an estimate or billing, I need the info right then… how about you?

    But what is the most incredibly ridiculous and unbelievable part of this STUPID software is the FACT they add in your mark-ups to the subtotal for the client to see.

    If you are a photographer, you know we have additional work that an estimate does not cover. Our mark-up prevents us from eating up profits.
    I thought I was doing something wrong and asked them for help… unbelievably, they if I wanted to not let my client see the mark-up I should add it into the line items manually. UTTERLY UNBELIEVABLE!! Can you imagine manually adjusting each and every line item in a big job? What the heck good is this crappy software.
    QuickBooks has an estimate feature AND a customizable line item entry.They also allow you to make your mark-ups automatically and gives you the option to make them “invisible” or let them be seen by the client.

    Quickbooks also has third party plugins that are much better than Blinkbid. They have a keyword search manual and phone tech assistance, too.

    Quickbooks will tie into your bank accounts and allow you to send an receive funds… something Blinkbid does not do either. It’s also compatible with other software… blinkbid isn’t

    Blinkbid, you have not gotten better over the years. I was stupid to try you again.
    It’s dinky and the idiosyncrasies of this software would make it hard to find employees that can proficiently run it. I’d have a better chacc of finding a wiz on Quickbooks. I can also get free instructions on it at my local Apple Store.

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