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Questions for DN: do you have a good-looking invoice tool?

over 6 years ago from , Partner at Emerson Stone

When I was independent, I created every invoice in InDesign using a template that I built. It worked out really well and we always received compliments on the presentation of our invoices, proposals, and contracts.

After starting my new agency and growing, I've been looking for more and more tools that can help speed up these processes but still look and feel great.

Do you have anything that you like or recommend? Does it happen to integrate with QBO or Harvest?

Thanks so much, Andy Stone

17 comments

  • Ian WilliamsIan Williams, over 6 years ago

    Yo Andy! How are you?

    My good buddy Matt worked on an update to his minimal invoice tool called Slimvoice. Give it a go on the home page. If you log in with Google there are more features and payment via Stripe.

    Give that a go, it's a very focused approach.

    5 points
    • Shane BolandShane Boland, over 6 years ago

      +1 for slimvoice. It’s very well designed and gets the job done.

      2 points
    • Andy Stone, over 6 years ago

      Hey Ian!

      Interesting. This would've worked really well for me alone or in a small group. The company has been growing lately and we're looking/hoping for something that generates everything by plugging into Quickbooks or similar.

      That said, I wish I knew about this last year.

      1 point
    • Matt .Matt ., over 6 years ago

      Slimvoice is the bomb!

      Disclaimer: I made Slimvoice.

      3 points
      • Geneus GeneGeneus Gene, over 6 years ago

        Sup Matt?!

        Just gave it a quick looksey. One thing that jumped out to me is the lack of quantity or another column for arbitrary units of measurement. I send quite an itemised invoice, down to the last detail. This might include a batch of say 500 business cards x 5 (five employees) for example.

        Is this omission true or is it a feature you unlock when signing up?

        1 point
        • Matt .Matt ., over 6 years ago

          Unfortunately it's not in the current version of Slimvoice, but it is a much-requested feature that I will be adding soon. Thanks for the feedback!

          1 point
        • Matt .Matt ., over 6 years ago

          Hey dude,

          Quantity support has been launched. Go check it out.

          1 point
    • Cole TownsendCole Townsend, over 6 years ago

      Slimvoice is the bomb! Matt was super responsive and deployed retina graphics maybe a day after I asked him.

      2 points
  • Veronika Tondon, 5 years ago

    Nice Read ! I would like to suggest one more useful free invoice generating tool i.e. Invoicera (http://www.invoicera.com) . It is an online invoice and project management tool with features like online invoice, custom billing. It helps us to provide better control over business finances and increase the productivity of the business. I love the fact that Invoicera is very easy to use and an invoice can be created and sent in seconds.It’s very easy to use.

    0 points
  • Andy LeverenzAndy Leverenz, over 6 years ago

    I recently ditched my invoicing tool to go back to InDesign like you. I can't say there's a tool that exists that offers enough customization to satisfy my own needs. It's only my opinion, but I'd rather present myself in a professional branded way rather than rely on a tool to make simple things like invoicing a bit easier/faster.

    There are advantages to tools like automatic accounting and time- tracking but nothing says you can't make a spreadsheet of the same information. Going this route is also a good way to know exactly where your money is going and where it is coming from. This may be lost if you use a tool.

    0 points
    • Michael RurkaMichael Rurka, over 6 years ago

      Hey Andy,

      Saw your latest Dribbble post with the invoice design. Very nice mix of the new and the classic :)

      I totally agree with you that it's more important for an invoice to be well designed and branded over being time efficient. Used to use InDesign too (still do), but found it time consuming.. So eventually started building a lightweight invoice generator.

      It's truly geared towards designer/developer freelancers who want both full customizability, brandability and efficiency. Literally as easy as styling a web page, works with text-editor, essentially.

      I'm near completion and am looking for people to show it to, get feedback, etc., when the time comes.

      Let me know if this sparks any intrigue, at all :) Would love to get your take on it, as we're similar in thought.

      0 points
      • Andy Stone, over 6 years ago

        I would absolutely love this. My needs are kind of strange here… I want the layout that I've been using in InDesign, but with automatic math and itemization.

        Let me know if you need anyone to test it out. andy@emersonstone.com — thanks

        1 point
      • Andy LeverenzAndy Leverenz, over 6 years ago

        Sure I'll check it out. Email me at andy [at] justalever [dot] com

        0 points
    • Andy Stone, over 6 years ago

      It works out so well, and the clients always appreciate it. (Plus, it makes our contracts, proposals, invoices, NDAs, etc all look the same). Good work, Andy.

      1 point
    • Taulant SulkoTaulant Sulko, over 6 years ago

      If only there was an invoicing tool that let you have access to to the invoice data as an XML file. Then hook up the XML to the InDesign and add a custom design to the data.

      2 points
  • Taulant SulkoTaulant Sulko, over 6 years ago

    http://theanchorapp.com/ - It is free to download and install on your own server. It is also totally hackable/adjustable. The design is also very simple.

    0 points
  • anass hassounianass hassouni, over 6 years ago

    https://invoice.to/

    0 points