I use 17 Hats; it handles all my quotes, billing, time clock to track hours.
AppSumo has an LTD for an accounting package. $40. The company has been around a while. iOS app is decent.
You will be still save on 10.14/Mojave: https://www.computerworld.com/article/3269007/what-apples-32-bit-app-phase-out-on-mojave-means-to-you.html
Very very late to the conversation as I recently joined the forum :)
I’m moving back into freelancing and also moving away from Filemaker for the same reasons as the Rob. I just did my bit of exploring with Wave / Billings / ZOHO / etc - I think I fiddled with 10 or so different systems over a day or two - there was always something that bothered me about everything I tried. I then decided to see if Ninox (a database program that I already own) had something I could play with and lo and behold it did :) I got Ninox from the App Store - it wasn’t too pricey at all and it’s pretty robust. Truth be told, I bought it because I was drowning in stacks (your welcome, developers :) and I couldn’t manage or keep track of what I had. I buckled down and created a database for everything. Now when I want a stack that does something specific, I click on one of the categories I created and it’s easier to see what I have and decide as to what I want to use. When I have the time, it will help me clean house, too - I just looked and I seemingly have 640 or so entries in that database (!!)
Just in case I sound a little too enthusiastic, note that I have no affiliation with them. It fit my needs very well (and does a ton of other things as well). Rob, if you liked the approach you had before, then you might want to check it out.
Hope that helps!
that’s really interesting. I looked at Ninox, way back at the beginning of this because I was keen to replicate my FileMaker setup. Any chance you could do me a favour and post a pic of what your Ninox-created invoice looks like? I’m sure i can make the databasey bits work but am keen to see if it’s able to make a nice looking invoice.
Well that’s not bad at all, is it? Many thanks for chiming in. I’m going to take another look at Ninox.
Someone beat me to it :) I’m still playing, but it’s completely flexible. Use whatever fonts you have on your computer. Import images / graphics. Position and padding controls for each element. 144 colors to choose from. Border / Radius controls for your elements. Line height control. Paragraph controls. etc :)
You can control the stying of any field that you import into your form.
Hope that helps! Hope the attachments help. I started added things willy-nilly; just to see, so the Queen album isn’t really part of my invoice :) Half of what’s there was repopulated from the sample files included with Ninox; the rest is me goofing around, trying to find what I can and can’t do.
Start here… From sample Ninox File
Click on a row to bring the form view up, then click print…
Click on the printer - it opens up an editable form where you can design your invoice. Just goofing around here :)
Whatever you import you can stylize. Very flexible!
Superb. I’m convinced. I’ll buy it when I’ve got the time and try and use it for next year’s accounts. I far prefer having some software on my Mac that I can use than something in the Cloud.
Oh, and that Queen album should stay. No question. 8-)
Ninox looks good. I’m tempted to try this app too. Nice that it is multi-purpose - can be used for billing / invoicing and other office database tasks.
I made the mistake of buying-into the FileMaker ‘Bento’ system several years ago. It was great software (I even went to a Bento training event hosted by Apple), but alas, Apple were quick to kill that one off.
To think that I can help two of my Rapidweaver heroes (Rob and Will) !! :)
I originally took the plunge with Ninox because I was drowning in stacks - you can find my picture in the dictionary under ‘impulse buy’… I have over 600 stacks and it was getting near impossible to find / remember / manage what I have… I made a database in Ninox and now I do searches based on functionality - I get a list of all the relevant stacks and make my decision accordingly. I still call myself a newbie - I probably have 10 simple sites under my belt - so this helps a lot.
My Ninox Stacks spreadsheet:
My Ninox Form:
This will surely help me cull the herd!
Oh, and I keep my databases in dropbox and there’s an iOS version to boot. Second best $35 I ever spent (can’t talk about the other :)
Good luck to you both.
Is there a cost field, I wonder what the total is?
Are you asking if I created a field that tells me what I paid for each stack? That would be something I don’t want to know lol :) This database will hopefully save me money - whenever the next cool thing comes out, I can more readily see if I have something that already does that. That being said, I think I like that new JW stack…
Impressive data on your stacks. I’ve dreamed of being that organized, but gave up a long time ago. ; )
Bit the bullet and bought Ninox. Looks like there are quite a few new concepts for me to learn!
Me too - I think the Ninox people realize they have a great program but but the documentation could be robust. They do webinars and I believe you can schedule 15 minutes of 1 on 1 with someone to answer your questions - little harder for me as I’m on Pacific Time. If I can figure it out, so can you guys, trust me! For the invoicing, I worked with the existing sample templates and started playing around.
@dropgates - Thanks for the kind words - I hope to someday have my own web design business (currently much better at design in general than the software I would use to execute it) but I’m working at it. Thanks for the inspiration!
They also have a new (not complete yet) video series on YouTube: