When we first started ACVDO Co., we did everything manually. It was great. We loved designing our invoices (you can see it here) and getting compliments on how beautiful they were. I think it’s awesome when you get to turn usually ugly things into beautiful things. And let’s be honest, invoicing isn’t the funnest thing ever for either parties, so let’s just be nice and pretty while we’re at it.
Then one day, invoicing manually became too much work and it was hard to keep up. Every time we invoiced, we had to open InDesign, customize the form to each client, save it, export it, email it. Too much. So I started shopping around for an invoicing platform that could take off some of the load.
I tried Quickbooks first. Okay, it’s like the mother of all invoicing/accounting platforms but that also meant that it was complicated. Guao. It was challenging for me to get it, especially given that neither Angel nor I had any kind of accounting background. So after a few days, I opted instead for WaveApps.
I heard good things about it. Many online sites said it was easy/good for small businesses (here’s an article), so I made an account, set it up, and explored the platform. Long story short, I loved it. It did exactly what I needed it to do (create invoices, send them, and manage them) without any complication/confusion.
One of the first things you do after creating your account is to customize your invoice. I had a hard time with the three templates they give you because I wanted to make ours extra special. But that’s all they give you so I had to make the best of it.