I was invited by Invoicera themselves to review their Online Invoicing Application following my review of Zoho Invoice. Here goes.
The signup link on the Invoicera site is pretty obvious and as with most of these online services, theres a free account option so I clicked signup. The form is simple enough with 2 pages asking for some basic personal info and then some location and currency questions followed by an activation email which arrived straight away.
The system has the usual functions you’d expect from Invoicing including the ability to add Clients, Estimates, Invoices, Products/Services, etc.. I tried adding a Client first but found it tricky. I had to choose an Invoicera address for them and the one I picked was taken so it returned me to an empty form and made me type all my new client info again which is not good! I was able to add an estimate for the newly created client straight away which you can’t do with Zoho so one up there. You can also setup recurring client profiles for repeating bills which is always handy.
I must compare Invoicera with Zoho Invoice as these are the only 2 online invoicing systems I’ve used and I continue to use and be very happy with Zoho. The pricing is similar with Invoicera charging per Client and Zoho charging per Estimate/per month but Zoho seems more advanced and it looks and perfoms a bit better. Invoicera seems to be the simpler, more basic of the two so perhaps it should be slightly cheaper?
Invoicera has a many more payment gateways/modes than Zoho but as far as I could see, lacks the ability to send customised automatic reminders to customers via email to pay their bills, something I use a lot these days! Theres is also a comprehensive reporting facility as is standard.
I might sum up by saying that I’d reccommend Invoicera for smaller businesses who want something simple to use and Zoho for slightly larger businesses looking for more functionality.