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25 invoicing and billing tools for entrepreneurs and small business


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Invoices are great. If you have invoices, you have customers, and if you have customers, you have revenue. So first off, congratulations!

Now down to business. As much as you might like billing your clients, it shouldn’t take up too much of your time or money. That’s why we’ve assembled a list of 25 apps that are worth taking a look at. Most have a free trial version, but you almost always have to pay in order to get reasonable functionality. Some even come with other management tools, so give them a read and see if they’re fit for you!

1) Freshbooks is a pretty cool app. They offer a good number of features, such as the ability to personalize your invoices with your logo, mobile apps, and even an API if you really want to build your own invoicing platform. With the paid packages costing from $20-$40/month, it’s not a bad deal either!

2) Bill my clients, the name says it all. It’s simple, cheap, and good enough. Not the most high-tech in terms of apps and features, but will get the job done for those that just want to make quick invoices.

3) Simply invoices is another aptly named invoicing product. Very easy to use and you get some pretty cool features for the price (<$25/month).  Also, it integrates fully with Basecamp.

4) Invoicera is a useful online tool. With pricing plans that range from $10-$50/month you can probably find a package that meets your needs. Again, there is not an abundance of features, but still worth a look!

5) Billing manager from Intuit is completely free! Of course, it wont have the same services as the paid counterparts, but it might be exactly what you need.

6) Curdbee is an online invoicing tool created specifically for small businesses. Yes, it even has small business prices with the premium package costing only $5/month or $50/year!

7) Blink sale is reasonably priced at $15/month, and comes with some nice features such as unlimited invoices and clients, that other apps don’t offer.

8) Zoho invoice ranges from $15-$35/month for its paid services and offers a pretty standard set of features.

9) Less Accounting delivers what it promises. For $30/month you’ll get a full set of invoicing and bookkeeping tools that will certainly make your accounting and billing easier.

10) Ronin costs approximately $15-$49/month and has some features that are especially attractive to small businesses with many clients.

11) Pay Simple is a great tool for online payments. Careful though, the pricing is tricky. The monthly rate of either $11/month for the simple or $35/month for the premium does not include the payment processing fees.

12) Rapid Billing offers a large number of plans ranging from $7/month to $100/month for the paid versions. These plans offer almost identical features, but allow for different numbers of customers, so it could get pricey if you are the kind of firm that bills a lot of customers.

13) Invoice place costs between $12/month and $20/month and comes with a money-back guarantee.  The features are, however, very basic.

14) Cashboard is a full financial tracking software package, and comes at $10/month + $0.25/active client each month.

15) Simply bill has paid packages that range from $5/month to $25/month, as well as a free package. Again, the features between the plans are very similar, but the number of invoices that you can send increases drastically for the more pricey ones.

15) Billing orchard is another good tool for invoicing and processing online payments. Prices range from $10-$70/month, but there is also a free trial.

17) WorkETC is a full project and business management tool that also offers billing services. The price is a flat rate $39/month with no extra fees, so it might be worth a look for those of you that would be interested in extra features with your invoicing app.

18) Invoices made easy is a $10/month services designed for small businesses who just want simple, easy-to-use invoices.

19) Invotrak ranges from $9-$45/month for paid packages, with the free package offering shockingly little functionality.

20) Time59 costs about $50/year for unlimited use, and is quite well suited for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

21) Bill4time is great for users who are interested in billing clients by the hour. Paid packages are either $20/month or $40/month.

22) Invoice2go costs between $100-$200/year. The features are simple, but the flat rate is attractive for users with many clients!

23) Excel invoice templates are completely free! Definitely take a look at these if you are excel-savvy and want to save some money of your billing.

24) The excel invoice creator is great if you like the thought of working from excel, but want a more premium package. This one’s not free, but the $29.95 flat rate makes it very competitively priced.

25) Paypal is last, but certainly not least, on our list. Pricing varies depending on usage, but is a pay-per-transaction system rather than a fixed monthly fee.  They’ve had a somewhat checkered history with startups but they’re big, established and safe in some sense so worth checking out.

The Ultimate Startup Playlist – 50 Pick Me Up Songs For Startup Entrepreneurs


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Being an entrepreneur is tough. Having one of those days (or months) where nothing seems to be going your way?

We know how hard it can be. So we delved back through the years to compile a list of songs – pick me ups with peppy beats or inspiring lyrics – for all those times when your running on empties.
Rap and Hip Hop

Let’s Get it Started by Black Eyed Peas

Foe The Love of Money by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk

All I do is win by DJ Khaled

Not Afraid by Eminem

Flipsyde by Flipsyde

Remember the Name by Fort Minor

Amazing by Kanye West ft. Young Jeezy

The New Dork – Entrepreneur State of Mind by Pantless Knights ft. Grashopper

Live Your Life by T.I ft Rihanna

Rock

Dream On by Aerosmith

Move Along by All American Rejects

Time of Your Life by Green Day

Wonderful Life by Hurts

Drive by Incubus

Are You In by Incubus

Shine On by The Kooks

Rollin by Limp Bizkit

Somewhere I Belong by Linkin Park

Let’s Work by Mick Jagger

The Underdog by Spoon

Dare You To Move by Switchfoot

Retro and Classics

Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles

My Life by Billy Joel

Living on a Prayer by

When The Going Gets Tough by Boyzone

Tubhumping (I Get Knocked Down) by Chumbawamba

Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole

Don’t Stop Believing by Journey

Heal the world by Michael Jackson

Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson

Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar

Money by Pink Floyd

We are the Champions by Queen

I Believe I Can Fly by R.Kelly

All Star by Smash Mouth

Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

International

Dil Se Re by A.R Rahman

Hakuna Matata by Elton John (from the Lion King!)

I Can Go The Distance from Hercules

Country

Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin

Country Roads by John Denver

How Bad Do You Want It by Tim McGraw

Pop

No Boundaries by Adam Lambert

I Need a Dollar by Aloe Blacc

Never Say Never by Justin Bieber

Firework by Katy Perry

Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield

Billionaire by Travis McCoy

12 Free Legal Services and Tools for Entrepreneurs


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Lawyers often get it tough in the comedy world. Something about their line of work just make them easy targets. Is it the exorbitant fees? Is it their willingness (eagerness?) to get involved in frivolous lawsuits? We here at chubby brain would like to propose an write essay for me alternative reason, but first a little more about this post…

The below 12 resources are designed to save you money. Lawyers are expensive, and the legal issues surrounding start-ups are daunting. From launching the business to getting your first hires, there are a host of legal questions that need answers. These sites should help you http://essaycapital.org/term-paper-writing/ get started and do as much as possible on your own before turning to an attorney. All of these were either created by, or in some sort of collaboration with, lawyers! And they are all 100% free. So you see folks, lawyers aren’t all bad.

Now that we’ve said at least one nice thing, our proposition as to why the legal field is constantly victim to the wrath of comedians… In fact, I think I’ll let the attorneys themselves answer this one. The following are extracts from a book called Disorder in the Court and are true transcripts from hearings. Enjoy:

ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?

WITNESS: Yes.

ATTORNEY: How many were boys?

WITNESS: None.
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?

WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney.
Can I get a new attorney?

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the twenty-year-old, how old is he?

WITNESS: He’s twenty, much like your IQ.

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?

WITNESS: No.

ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?

WITNESS: No.

ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?

WITNESS: No.

ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?

WITNESS: No .

ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?

WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.

ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?

WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

But we digress… Now on to the actual reason why you came here, 12 usefull and completely free legal resources! Happy reading…

1. Entrepreneur.com’s legal blog addresses a wide range of topics. These include how-to guides on issues such as getting permits to opinion pieces on best practices when it comes to legal services for small businesses to follow. Overall, this is a good place to start looking for the answer to your legal questions.

2. The US Small Business Association has a pretty great collection of resources. These are applicable to entrepreneurs who are just thinking about getting started as well as to those who are well underway.

3. SCORE is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to helping small businesses in the US. They offer a range http://essaycapital.org/research-paper-writing/ services, all of them free, which might be of interest.

4. Free Advice basically delivers what it promises. They have articles, interviews, FAQs, as well as live chat services that can give you guidance on a huge range of issues.

5. Find Law is a site that is mainly geared towards helping entrepreneurs find lawyers. However, their blogs and discussion boards do have some valuable activity, so it might be worth a look!

6. World Law Direct is an online legal service with a ton of free tools. Of course, some of them are also paid, but check it out, you might get exactly what you’re looking for free of charge.

7. Barbara Weltman’s page has a few articles that might be of use. Most of them are opinion pieces, but some offer actionable guidance.

8. NFIB’s Small Business Resources lays out quite a bit of legal advice in a pretty easy to understand manner.

9. Legal Forms Kit is like a beginner’s guide to a small range of legal procedures. Not much detail, but it might get you started.

10. Nolo’s legal encyclopedia tries to cover all bases. Only a small part of this will be applicable to entrepreneurs (hopefully!), but overall the quality here is pretty good.

11. Yale Small Business Legal Services is free, but available only through application (and their criteria are pretty strict!). If you’re in the New Haven area, check them out to see if you qualify.

12. Rocket Lawyer offers some pretty great free services. Despite the silly name, this site gives useful, no-BS information on a whole host of issues such as how to set up direct deposits, what to include in an employee contract, and much more.

GoFundMe – Thanks for the Crowdfunding Spam


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This morning, we got a once in a lifetime opportunity to invest in a dating website via crowdfunding site , GoFundMe.  This is also known as spam.  Thanks guys.

This sounds like an amazing opportunity but we don’t have $500k laying around.

GoFundMe spam

Tiggzi – Your PR Pitch is Insanely Jargon-Infested


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Although, we are not a tech blog, we get pitched from time-to-time.  We usually read the releases because we are interested in what’s going on in techland, but we never write them up as that’s not really our schtick.  But today, we got one that had a description of a company that we thought was so epic-ly bad and indecipherable that we had to share.  Here goes (copy & pasting from the email)

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19 Cheap and successful guerrilla marketing campaigns


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Guerrilla marketing conjures up images of flashmobs (of which we include just one) to magic tricks. It can be inspiring, offensive, hilarious, in poor taste, well it can be anything really.

For the purpose of this blog, we only really had one condition… It must be cheap. Yes, here is a list of 19 inexpensive (mostly, we threw in a few pricey but cool ones as well) guerrilla-marketing campaigns that all achieved some level of success. Whether it was a well-conveyed message, or just incited some reaction, the below examples have some takeaways, especially for those of you who are looking to launch a guerrilla campaign on a budget.

Without further ado, happy reading!

1) The Eichborn Flies is one that you probably haven’t seen before. It’s a little known name in publishing, but this stunt they pulled at a local book fair was cool and got them some attention.

2) The Vodaphone Streakers might be something that you’ve seen before; you would probably remember if you did. Not particularly clever, inspired, or clear as to why they are doing what they are. But it did create quite the stir and was definitely quite cheap, so here it is.

3-5) H&M’s projection and HP’s projection and The Vienna Projection are all examples of 3D building projections. Ok, fine, these are definitely not low budget, but they are really cool and these are three of our favorites.

6) Absolut Vodka found a pretty cool way to distribute free samples. Maybe a bit complicated legally, but certainly not expensive.

7) Sixt’s campaign is an awesome example of how to use technology to keep costs down and reach more people.

8) Voltswagen’s metro slide is another good example of a clear message. On second thought, not sure what the budget was on this one… But it’s probably still cheaper than airtime.

9) This Nike Campaign combines a bunch of common guerrilla marketing themes in one campaign. It’s topical. It’s cute. It’s a pun. Check it out.

10) Loctite’s Campaign is simple and brilliant. Simply brilliant? Well maybe not, but definitely clever, albeit just a little annoying to it’s victims.

11) Folgers’ manhole covers are a great example of how you can cheaply augment existing structures for nice effect.

12) This movie poster is similar to the Folgers’ cover in many ways. It’s clever, it’s optical, and it exploits existing structures for effect.

13) Axe’s emergency exit appendix is similar to the above two in that manner as well

14) Sun Smart’s campaign has an awesome interactive element to it.

15) Ikea has tons of geurilla marketing campaigns. Some of them look pricy, others relatively cheap, but they all are quite effect in terms of message.

16) Mentos’ marketing creatively uses subway vents for a cool effect.

17) No list would be complete without at least one flashmob, so there you have it. A slightly tired idea, but at least this particular routine, put on by PacSun, features good-looking people scantily dressed. Another valuable marketing lesson: show skin.

18) This magician certainly found a cheap way to draw some attention. Not the most creative, but we figured it had a spot on the list if only for how easy/inexpensive it was.

19) Meister Camera came up with a pretty cool way to convey their message. Easy, cheap, and clear… Overall this isn’t a bad campaign – pretty considering how little time it must have taken them.

FastPay


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EZ VIP, OpenTable for Nightlife, Cleans Up on The Shark Tank


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Alashe Nelson founder of EZ VIP came to The Shark Tank seeking $150,000 for 15%.  EZ VIP is an OpenTable for NightLife which allows user to purchase bottle service, a VIP table, etc via their technology.  Their value proposition is access and convenience.  Mark Cuban initially opted out because he wasn’t sure he could get into this business.  Kevin O’Leary also quickly opted out.

Robert Herjavec offered $75,000 if Daymond John got in.  Daymond John said he’d put in $75,000 along with Herjavec but wanted 45%.  Alashe said it was not enough and countered with 18% for $150,000.  Daymond said he’d sweeten the deal by putting recording artist Pit Bull in as a brand ambassador.  At this point, Mark Cuban re-entered saying he’d do a deal with Daymond John if Robert gets cut out.

Robert Herjavec got pretty upset about this, but Cuban responded he simply didn’t care and said it was personal.  Herjavec said he was sick of Cuban just coming in to deals like this.

Daymond John said he will cut out Herjavec like a “scurvied dog” and went in with Mark Cuban.  At this point, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary partnered to offer $150,000 for 25% of the company.  Daymond John offered $150,000 for 30% of the company to counter and would bring an A List artist to the table.  Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec countered with $150,000 for 20%.  Barbara Corcoran who opted out said that Alashe needs to think about who he’d have fun with as an investor and therefore should kick Herjavec and O’Leary to the curve.

Ultimately, Alashe chose Cuban and John because of the brand value they could bring.

BusinessGhost Gets Shut Down on Shark Tank – It’s a Weightlifting Snowman


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Michael Levin whose business, BusinessGhost, can help anyone become a published author was seeking $200,000 for 10% of the company on write essay for me. Michael Levin offers customers who want to publish a book ghostwriting service so they can use the book as a marketing tool.

Robert Herjavec didn’t understand how the business scales. They charge $35,000 to $75,000 for each ghost written book which includes 50-100 copies of their book. Daymond John asked why is he limiting the genre to business books and questioned the size of the market.

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My Wonderful Life Dies on The Shark Tank – Doesn’t Get Investment


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My Wonderful Life presented on The Shark Tank asking for $100,000 for 10% of the company. The company founded by Nancy Bush and Sue Christoff offers a website that lets people plan for their funeral while they are alive so they can be remembered and celebrated when they die in the way they want.

My Wonderful Life lets users go online and fill out a wishlist for their funeral. According to My Wonderful Life, the funeral industry is an $11 billion business. To make money, My Wonderful Life has teamed up with an insurance company and they make a lead generation fee from the insurance company for insurance policies they sell. At present, the site has 7000 users over 3 years and they’ve not grossed any revenue.

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