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To be honest, invoicing wasn't something I particularly enjoyed doing. To me it used to fall into the 'boring tasks' category. I'm sure I'm not alone in this. Once I realized I was spending some valuable time (time that could be spent designing or writing), creating invoices I knew I had to find a better solution.
When I started out as a freelance designer, I would create invoices manually and export them as PDFs then send them to my clients. I then tried some web-based services and tools, and even though they were great, I like to keep my data on my own computer. I'm a control freak like that.
I think one of the things that really caught my attention was the many different invoice designs and templates. Being a designer myself, it's great to be able to send beautiful invoices to my clients instead of something that looks very generic. That, combined with the price of Billings 3 and the iPhone/iPod app made it an easy choice.
Of course not having to create invoices manually improved my productivity quite a lot. Less time wasted. Now I simply log everything in Billings and when I'm done, I open it up, select my invoice template and send the invoice to the client.
When you spend a lot of time working on projects for clients, you need something that will make the invoicing process easy. Now, since I don't have to spend time creating invoices for clients, I can use that time to focus on other things and to some extent, take on more work. So, at the end of the day, Billings indirectly helps me earn more.