As a freelancer, you've probably faced a few issues when testing invoice software and apps:
Based on conversations with freelancers in the Parpera community and our own experience building an invoice app, we've come to understand the unique needs each freelancer has when it comes to an invoicing, managing payments and saving for taxes.
In this article, we'll be comparing 5 different invoice apps, and we'll look closely at whether they address the issues mentioned above.
Note: Looking to get started with an invoice app right away? Download Parpera and start your free 30 day trial.
To help you choose the best invoicing app for your freelancing needs, here’s a chart comparing features between Parpera, Zoho, Hnry, Xero, and Invoice2go.
Parpera is an all-in-one money-management app designed for Australian freelancers and sole traders. A Parpera account includes a free 30-day trial, a Volt bank account, expense categorisation and management, automatic payment reconciliation, and invoicing, all directly from our app.
Here’s why Parpera works as a great invoice app for freelancers and sole traders in Australia:
In just a few clicks, you can create and send an invoice directly from the app. How? Once you create an account with Parpera, your bank details are safely stored and automatically inserted into every invoice. So you can say goodbye to searching for your bank information, wasting time with copy and paste, or potentially inserting the wrong details.
Parpera allows you to save client information and automate your services for future invoicing. Just type them in once, then Parpera will offer them as options that you can add with a click.
We’ve optimised the design of our invoices to help clients understand how to pay you, resulting in quicker, faster payments.
With Parpera, your bank details are the most prominent feature on your invoice, placed on the top right-hand side, and not hidden like traditional invoices, down at the bottom in fine print. We will soon be including a Pay Now button on each invoice and a payment link, making it easier for clients to pay you quickly.
And Parpera invoices are professionally designed so they look good, too. And soon you’ll be able to make free international payments and offer clients a pay-by-card option!
You can email your invoices directly from the Parpera app to your clients and send a copy to yourself as well.
Our email messages are friendly, professional, and designed for faster payments because we:
Even if the client doesn’t pay immediately, we’re soon going to launch a feature where Parpera sends automatic reminder emails as the payment due date nears, so you don’t have to worry about chasing up.
Parpera offers automatic reconciliation on your invoice payments, moving your unpaid invoices to paid when your client pays via one of your payment links or adds the invoice number to their payments. This means we make accounting easier for you come tax time and you won’t have to manually log into separate software to reconcile your invoices.
With auto-reconciliation, you can tell at a glance which invoices are paid or outstanding.
We auto-generate a unique invoice number and automatically add your business and bank details, your client’s details, and your payment terms in each invoice. All you need to do is to add the date, choose your services, and insert the price per service or product. Yes, it’s that simple.
Plus, Parpera takes the guesswork out of Australian tax compliance with simple buttons to flag Goods and Services Tax (GST). Our automated invoicing system will add 10% GST (you can edit the % if you require) and create a tax-compliant invoice.
Bonus: if you’re registered for GST, Parpera will soon be able to create and automatically move your GST money received into a separate savings wallet, so you have your tax monies ready for end-of-year filing.
We know that freelancers often have to use 3+ tools to help them with all their admin: one to receive and make payments, one to create invoices, one to manage projects, one to manage taxes, and so on.
We built Parpera with the goal of helping freelancers reduce the number of tools, and have a one stop shop where they could manage everything. That's why, with Parpera you'll also get:
You can learn more about Parpera's story here: The Banking World for Freelancers was Broken. Here's How We're Fixing it With Parpera
Ready to get started? Download the Parpera app and start preparing invoices now
If you’re looking for an invoice-only app, then Parpera may not be right for you. We designed Parpera as an all-in-one money management app. When you create an account with us, besides automatic online invoicing, you’ll receive a business bank account provided by Volt Bank, expense categorisation, a GST savings wallet, accounting integration with Xero, bookkeeping, and more.
During your free 30-day trial, you can create and send as many invoices as you want. After the trial, you’ll pay $15 per month or a 25% discounted yearly fee of $135 to continue to use Parpera’s invoicing features.
Currently, we don’t have a desktop version of Parpera, which is available only for smartphones. So if you’re looking for an invoice mobile app that can connect to a desktop version as well, Parpera might not be the best choice for you.
We designed Parpera for Australian freelancers and sole traders who want to spend less time managing admin and use a convenient, easy-to-use invoicing and money management app that helps them manage and grow their business.
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However, we know Parpera is not for everyone and other invoicing apps may be a better fit for your particular circumstances. Here are some other invoicing software suitable for Australian freelancers:
Zoho is a cloud-based solution for running small businesses. It offers free invoicing on their dedicated app.
Features and pros:
The Zoho Invoice app for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and sole traders who are tech savvy and want to integrate with other Zoho services.
Created by accountants, Hnry is a financial website and app designed for self-employed New Zealanders and Australians. Similar to Parpera, Hnry provides its members access to a NAB business account.
Hnry's services include quoting and invoicing, business and savings bank accounts, receiving payments and reconciliation, investments, and tax filing.
Features and pros:
Considering the fee, Hrny is a good option for part-time or gig workers who are juggling two or more jobs with local clients and looking for an easy-to-use invoicing app and help with their taxes.
Xero is a full-fledged accounting and money management tool that can create tax-compliant invoices for Australia. Xero offers a desktop version and an app.
Features and pros:
Small business owners who want to use Xero more for its accounting services and have a single-country client base.
Invoice2go is a complete invoicing platform you can use on your phone and is optimised to make invoices easy to create and send.
Features and pros:
Invoice2go is suitable for part-time freelancers and sole traders who need only a few invoices per month without many recurring, regular clients and aren’t looking for online payment systems.
We hope this article is useful and you have all the information you need to choose the best invoicing app to help you manage and grow your freelance business. If you’re looking for a complete money management tool all in a single app, Parpera will help you get up and running in under 10 minutes.
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Please note the information contained in this article is general information only and does not take into account your personal circumstances. Before you open any account please ensure that you obtain and read the account terms and conditions and Target Market Determination to see if the account is suitable for you.
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Volt Bank Limited (Volt) ABN 67 622 375 722, which holds an AFSL (No. 504782) is the issuer of the bank accounts in Parpera's App and deposits of up to $250,000 per account holder are protected by the Financial Claims Scheme.