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GeoffP
2nd September 2009, 09:41 AM
Hi,

I will be utilising my existing sole trading company as my main income stream, so will need to track expenses, billing, receipts, gst, etc.

Apart from MYOB which seems horribly overpriced plus you new to fork out each year for their tax table updates, what other apps can ppl recommend.

My plumbing mate uses a real basic app on windows (can't remember it's name) and generates his invoices from excel.

Thanks,
GeoffP.

mattydee
2nd September 2009, 10:15 AM
im not sure if this would look after everything youre after, but have a look at Billings, Billings 3 | Professional Time Billing for Anyone. (http://www.billingsapp.com/)

GeoffP
2nd September 2009, 10:33 AM
Thanks MattyDee,

Has anyone used Billings 3?

Also found i-Biz 4.0.1 - same question, anyone used this app?

avolve
2nd September 2009, 11:20 AM
I use Billings 3 to monitor/record time on projects, auto-create invoices and track payments.

I likely does much more than I use it for. Would like to know if anyone is using it to trakc purchase receipts, etc

MissionMan
2nd September 2009, 11:33 AM
First off, on the MYOB side, you don't need to fork out for tax table updates. You can calculate the tax manually using the ATO website (TAX Calculator (http://www.ato.gov.au/scripts/taxcalc/calc_standard_hire.asp)). I personally think their tax table updates are the biggest ripoff known to man and I would recommend against using them at any costs. Unfortunately they are one of the few apps for Mac in the accounting space.

I'm busy evaluating Billings at the moment for Mactalk so I should have a review on the product ready in the next week or so. They do have a 30 day trial for anyone looking to test it so its worth taking advantage of. If you're prepared to wait a week or so, I'll have something up. In short for now, yes, its a great product and definitely worth looking at for small businesses. It'll be even better when their iphone app gets released.

To answer your question, avolve, yes, the expense tracking functionality does work very well.

GeoffP
2nd September 2009, 01:56 PM
First off, on the MYOB side, you don't need to fork out for tax table updates. You can calculate the tax manually using the ATO website (TAX Calculator (http://www.ato.gov.au/scripts/taxcalc/calc_standard_hire.asp)). I personally think their tax table updates are the biggest ripoff known to man and I would recommend against using them at any costs. Unfortunately they are one of the few apps for Mac in the accounting space.

I'm busy evaluating Billings at the moment for Mactalk so I should have a review on the product ready in the next week or so. They do have a 30 day trial for anyone looking to test it so its worth taking advantage of. If you're prepared to wait a week or so, I'll have something up. In short for now, yes, its a great product and definitely worth looking at for small businesses. It'll be even better when their iphone app gets released.

To answer your question, avolve, yes, the expense tracking functionality does work very well.

Thanks MissionMan,

I will be looking forward to your review of Billings 3.

I might download the free trial in the meantime and see if it meets my purposes.

I am tracking this thread, so if you post your review in a different thread, please post a link to the new thread here.

Many thanks,
GeofP.

GeoffP
2nd September 2009, 04:42 PM
Quick update - I will be downloading the trial versions of the Billings and Daylite apps which are from the same company.

Used ACT! on a windoze box at my previous company, and Daylite seems to be the Mac version.

Link to the developers website (http://www.marketcircle.com/index.html).

MissionMan
2nd September 2009, 04:53 PM
Quick update - I will be downloading the trial versions of the Billings and Daylite apps which are from the same company.

Used ACT! on a windoze box at my previous company, and Daylite seems to be the Mac version.

Link to the developers website (http://www.marketcircle.com/index.html).

You'd be right. Daylite is one of the few CRM for OSX products on the market. Just be weary if you are running Snow Leopard. Billings is Snow Leopard compatible but Daylite requires a beta. Let me know if you need to the link to test the beta for Snow Leopard.

avolve
3rd September 2009, 09:49 AM
thx @MissionMan look forward to the review (will nudge me to use the expense tracking... and show me how!)

GeoffP
3rd September 2009, 09:56 AM
You'd be right. Daylite is one of the few CRM for OSX products on the market. Just be weary if you are running Snow Leopard. Billings is Snow Leopard compatible but Daylite requires a beta. Let me know if you need to the link to test the beta for Snow Leopard.

Thanks MM,

Noticed the requirement for Beta version on SL when I perused their site.

GeoffP.

pengu
3rd September 2009, 10:26 AM
I've been using Billings since i turned freelance a few months ago and I can't fault it.

shivstar
3rd September 2009, 10:06 PM
Billings is great... i use it for, well, billing! few little annoyances but on the whole a good solid product.

MissionMan
10th September 2009, 04:19 PM
Review is up

http://forums.mactalk.com.au/18/73236-market-circle-billings-product-review.html