I’ve put an ad up for a service called Freshbooks in the first sidebar. I can’t gush about Freshbooks enough. I have a head for finances like a leaky sieve. I also am in the nascent stages of building my business so there is no way I can afford an accountant for anything but taxes. However, I can afford $15.00/month, no problem.
Quickbooks, Quicken, AccPacc and the like require a lot of duplicate entries, assigning of meaningless numbers, etc. Freshbooks asks you to enter a client’s info once, and that’s it. The only massaging I have to do is making sure that my account is set to the right currency before I send out an invoice or an estimate, since they don’t yet have multi-currency support.
The best feature of Freshbooks is the fact that your clients can log in and pay you electronically from Paypal, all from one screen. They can also view past invoices, estimates, and generally everything you want them to see about their account. It makes you look professional, instantly.
Try it for free with just a few clients and you’ll be hooked as quickly as I was. Don’t forget to use my referral link so that I can save a little on my own fees.