If you’re a freelancer or small business owner, then you know the importance of invoicing clients for your work. Not only does it help to keep track of your income and expenses, but it also serves as a record of the services you’ve provided – which can come in handy if there are any disputes down the road.
While there are a few commercial non-WordPress systems out there, like Freshbooks, Zoho, and Invoicera, most of us would be better off avoiding their monthly fees and tapping into a more integrated platform.
Luckily, there are a number of great invoicing plugins for WordPress that can help you create professional invoices quickly and easily.
And in this post, that’s what we will be looking at. Ready? Let’s go.
WordPress Invoicing Plugins
WordPress has many third-party developers creating invoicing plugins, but not all of them have been built for the purpose and include all the features needed to do the job. Naturally, you might be wondering what the essential features of an invoicing plugin are, so we’ve put together a quick list.
- Create quotes and estimates.
- Create invoices with both one-time and recurring fees.
- Manage taxes.
- Easily accept online payments.
- Provide different payment gateways to allow customers to pay using their preferred method.
- Allow you to track paid and unpaid invoices.
- Send automated notifications for payment reminders.
- Customer account page with invoicing history.
Some features won’t be needed by every freelancer but can be great pro-level additions if and when they are needed:
- Late payment fees.
- Deposits and Partial payments.
- Manage EU VAT when applicable.
- A professional reporting system that allows exporting invoices’ data.
- An API with an accounting system.
Let’s now go over WordPress’s best standalone invoicing plugins.
GetPaid is a leading all-around invoicing plugin that lets you collect one-time and recurring payments in its free version, with no complex setup required. Whether through a Buy button, form, or invoice, you can charge clients using over 20 payment gateways, from Paypal and Stripe to Square and WebPay.
They also have a cool free add-on feature where you can send multiple quotes to a client with different offers, and they will auto-transform into an invoice that your clients can pay right away – no back and forth.
Developed by AyeCode LTD in 2016 from a heavily modified fork of the popular Easy Digital Downloads plugin, the company operates from five continents and has over 4000 active installs.
Key features (all for free)
- Create items with a one-time fee or recurring payments (subscriptions).
- Add a free trial and/or allow buyers to name their price.
- Add items to your website via Buy Now Buttons. Customers
This article was written by Jean Galea and originally published on WP Mayor.