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There are many alternatives to QuickBooks, and FreshBooks is one of my favorites.


We used FreshBooks for several years, and it’s only gotten better. It’s simple, it’s easy to use, and it makes stunning invoices for your clients. The downside is that if your business grows, you can grow out of it like we did. They keep improving it all the time, though.

Pricing starts at $15 for the “Lite” version, but if you have more than 5 clients you’ll want to bump up to the “Plus” at $25 a month, which allows 50 clients.

Freshbooks dashboard with graphs

FreshBooks pricing tiers are client-based: if you have more than 50 clients you’ll have to move up to their most expensive tier at $50 a month, and if you have more than 500 clients, you’ll need to go up to “FreshBooks Select”. The pricing for that tier isn’t published, so you’ll need to call their sales team for more information.

Free Invoice Creator

Something new that FreshBooks is offering is a free invoice creator tool that will allow you to accept online payments. It’s pretty basic, and you have to create one invoice at a time, but if all you need is the occasional invoice and nothing else then this might be the way to go.

Basically, this is a free alternative to FreshBooks that can be used to create and send invoices in seconds. With Free Invoice Creator, users can also download and print invoices as per their needs. We created this tool keeping in mind startups and small business owners who don’t have enough funds to spend on a paid accounting tool but still want to create beautiful invoices and get paid.

– Tina M at FreshBooks

They’ve also made available some beautiful free invoice templates that can be downloaded and completely customized. They’re in a variety of formats including Word, Excel, and PDF. How’s that for customer service?

Disclaimer: I’m not an accountant, so get your accountant’s advice before choosing your accounting software!

Do you have a favorite cloud accounting platform? Tell us about it in the comments!

This is Part Two of our Cloud Accounting series, you can check out Part One about QuickBooks Online

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