For a long time now I’ve been using Billings here at kc web design Kent for dealing with out invoicing and time tracking. I like Billings, it works well, has good invoice template customisation and is simple to use but it is no longer getting updated. Marketcircle have chosen to move a perfectly good single payment OSX app over to a monthly subscription fee so for an app I bought for £30 over 4 years ago I now would have to pay £10 per month for not much more benefit. So, time to look at some other options.
A while ago I had some dealing with Jan Lukacs at the company that make Paymo about another app they created called Viewflux (which is also a very good app for showing creative web designs to clients to get feedback) and remembered that Paymo looked good. The beta of version 3 is free to use for 100 days so I talked to Jan and got an invite.
Paymo is an online invoicing and time tracking app that is very simple to use and has a clean, easy on the eye user interface. iPhone and iPad apps are available as well for those on the move but the web app should suite most users. Its very easy to set up and start using and provides all the basics you need to create and manage projects and tasks, create invoices and estimates and track time. The project management side of things is very good and allows you to set tasks and milestones and add times against them so you can see what the total time allocated is and what actual time you’ve spent if you use the time tracker against that task.
Customising invoices was a big selling point for me in Billings because as a designer I like everything that comes from kc web design kent to look good and that includes the simple things like invoices. Paymo doesn’t really give you much customisation of the invoice template but the one that is provided isn’t bad at all. It might be nice if we had the ability to edit a custom style sheet to make changes to the invoice template and allow a bit more customisation.
On first impressions I like Paymo, time will tell how good it is and I’ll be interested to see what changes in the beta. Once I have a few projects in there and some billed invoices then the dashboard and reporting should become more useful so I’ll do an updated review in a few months time.
For a great full review of the newest version of Paymo see Lewis Parrotts Paymo review.