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Giveaway: Win 1 of 3 Licenses for Billings

posted by Matt Ward on Nov 18, 2010.

It’s time for another awesome giveaway here on the Echo Enduring Blog. This time, I’m bringing you the chance to win 1 of 3 licenses for the awesome Billings 3 app for Mac. If you’re a freelancer or small business owner who struggles with time tracking and invoicing, you need to get in on this one!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a giveaway here on the Echo Enduring Blog, but a little while ago I was contacted by the good folks at Marketcircle, the creators of the popular Billings app, a nice little piece of Mac-based software for time tracking and billing purposes. They offered to provide free licenses to 3 lucky readers!

We’ll get to the details below. For the past year, though, I’ve been using Billings 3 exclusively for all my billing and time tracking needs, and I’ve been extremely happy with it. It’s nicely designed and easy to use. Here are some of my favorite features:

Integration with OS X Contacts - Instead of just creating new clients from scratch, I can actually create them right out of my native Address Book, which makes for great integration with the rest of my apps. When I get a new request for some design work through email, I can just use Mac Mail to create a new contact, add any extra information in Address Book then bring the client in to Billings and create new estimate. Easy as pie.

Time Tracking – Billings make time tracking easy. As long as I have it open I can start, stop and even switch between timers right from my application bar. I can even start a new timer and then link it to the appropriate project later on. If you’re like me, though, you may not always remember to start the timer. No problem. Billings lets you go back and manually create your time slips too!

Billings allows you to create invoices from beautifully designed templates, or create your own designs

Billings allows you to create invoices from beautifully designed templates, or create your own designs

Professional Templates – Billings comes packed with all kinds of awesome, professionally designed templates for creating your estimates and invoices. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, there is even an entire branch of the app that allows you to create your own designs. Personally, I just use a heavily modified version of one of the basic templates, though I may be creating a new custom template soon.

Extensive Reports – Periodically, I like to check out how I’m doing. Billings can help with this too, offering all kinds of built in reports about clients, billings, payment, taxes and so forth. This makes it super easy to do quick check and see where I stand in relation to my goals at any given moment.

Extensive reporting makes tracking your success easy

Extensive reporting makes tracking your success easy

Billings for iPhone – You can also get Billings Touch for your iPhone, which can be synced together with Billings on your Mac. I’ve just recently acquired this app, and it’s an awesome way to stay on top of invoicing and payments while on the go!

Billings offers a ton more features too. There is the ability to link files and URLs to projects and create notes, all things that I would like to start doing a bit more myself. I highly recommend Billings to any freelancer, and with the recent release of Billings Pro, I would probably even recommend that larger organizations and agencies at least give it a look!

All that being said, then, I was super excited when I was offered three licenses to give away to you guys, so let’s get on to the details!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow me on Twitter. Trust me, I won’t clog your feed and I always try to tweet interesting articles and resources!
  2. Follow Marketcircle on Twitter.
  3. Mosey on back here and comment. Include your Twitter handle (eg. @echoenduring), your email address (so I can contact you if you win) and a note about why you want to win this sweet prize!
  4. Spread the word! Tell everyone you know! Tweet this post, stumble it, blog it or post it to your favorite social network of choice! I’d really appreciate it! (optional)

A few basic contest rules:

  1. Only enter once.
  2. Contest closes after midnight (Standard Eastern Time) on Dec 1 2010.
  3. I will be tabulating entries, and selecting and contacting the winner within several days of the contest closing.
  4. We will then make arrangements for you to claim your prize!

So there you go. That should be all the details you need. So go on, enter this contest! Oh, and don’t forget to head over to Marketcircle and take a closer look at Billings, Billings Pro, Billings Touch and Daylite.

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Matt Ward is a digital artist who lances freely under the moniker of Echo Enduring Media, and specializes in graphics design, illustration and writing. He is also the Creative Director for Highland Marketing, a creative direct marketing company based out of Waterloo, Ontario. You can follow Matt on Twitter

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Nov 18, 2010

Chris Morata says:

I’ve heard nothing but great things about Billings, would love to have a copy! Really like the time tracking feature and integration with contacts.

@chrismorata

:)

Nov 18, 2010

Florian Beer says:

@Azath0th

I’d love to win Billings because I’m starting my freelance business January 1st 2011 and already singled out Billings as the application that will fit my needs best!

Nov 18, 2010

.tif says:

Oh wow! What a great giveaway!

Like Florian, I’m fixing on breaking out of the box and going freelance January 2011. I’ll also be starting a craft business in addition to offering graphic design services.

Billings is on my list of software I’d like to have to help me stay organized when I get started.

@niftysmith

Nov 18, 2010

Michal Kozak says:

To anyone who still hesitates whether they should take part in this giveaway – no doubts you should.

Billings is one of the most important apps I use on a daily basis, and it’s amazing itself.

Highly recommended.

Nov 18, 2010

George Elias says:

Wow Matt! This couldn’t have come at a better time. I am as well planning on going freelance in the new year. I was planning on purchasing the software so again couldn’t have been better timing.

My favorite thing about Billings is how well everything integrates, the reports, and time tracking and management.

I have downloaded the trial and would definitely not buy any other tool.

Nov 18, 2010

invenio design says:

oh wow!! i want it!! christmas comes early this year!! c’mon..i need form my web agency!!
@inveniodesign

Nov 18, 2010

vishnu says:

if i get this gift i t will help me in my freelancing

Nov 18, 2010

Mitchell Sekeris says:

Freelancing is hard enough.

@msekeris

Nov 18, 2010

Tyago Neres says:

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

I’d love to win a copy of billings, until now I’ve done all my freelance organization on a simple spreadsheet, Billings will be a great addition to my workflow.

@TyagoNeres

Nov 18, 2010

George E. says:

Forgot to add my twitter: @george_elias

Nov 18, 2010

Rachel says:

I got a macbook a while ago but never used it to its full potential – I recently started using a lot more, and see just how brilliant it is! :) I’m terrible at keeping track of times though – so this would be PERFECT for me. I’ve heard many a good review on Billings. :) My twitter is @missrachilli by the way! Good luck to everyone :)

Nov 18, 2010

John says:

I just switched to mac and billings looks fantastic. I would love to win this and start using it! Twitter: @johnbunka

Nov 20, 2010

Deepak says:

This is an awesome proggie and I don’t have it yet. The trial is impressive so I’d love to win this, thanks.
@dee7735

Nov 20, 2010

Cory Hughes says:

I’m a student and I am starting my own company. Invoicing and Time Tracking is all being done on paper right now and I keep losing the sheets. Please Help! My Twitter Username is @pumpki

Nov 20, 2010

Protuts says:

An iMac without Billings : impossible !
So, this is my Twitter : @protuts

Good luck all !

Nov 20, 2010

Eric Hoffman says:

Awesome contest Matt! I’d love to win a license for Billings, since I don’t really have a invoicing application, and I’ve heard lots of positive comments about Billings ;)

@erichoffman

Nov 20, 2010

DonS says:

@frogmoor says:

Thanks for the giveaway and thanks for your offerings. Billings actually looks sensible and well designed. Affordable, too.

Looks like a winner. I’ll spread the word.

Nov 20, 2010

Trevor Alexander says:

Would love to start using this program. An agency I used to freelance for swore by it, but I never got around to getting it myself…now seems like my chance.

@alexandertrevor

Nov 21, 2010

@doctorZZ says:

This looks fabulous – I burn way too much time tracking hours and billing. I’d rather figure out how to bill more hours, and not spend all that time figuring out how to get paid

Nov 21, 2010

Scott Arnold says:

I have been using Daylite by Marketcircle for over a year and love it. I was thinking that integrating Billings into the workflow makes sense. This would giveaway would make for the perfect opportunity.

Nov 21, 2010

Dale Price says:

I currently don’t have an invoice system, and this sounds like one of the best ones.

@daprice24

Nov 22, 2010

Phil Ewels says:

I’ve heard great things about Billings, and it is in fact one of the main reasons that I’m considering getting myself a Mac… I’ve been designing websites for a few years now and things are starting to get more serious, so a proper invoicing system is getting necessary.

@tallphil

Nov 24, 2010

ralf says:

i was just about to buy billings. but winning it would be even better. @ralfhoffmeister

Nov 24, 2010

Rhett says:

@crushcalamity
I’ve been working pro-bono long enough. It’s time for me to get serious!

Nov 28, 2010

Crazyhunk says:

@Crzyhnk

I am a freelancer and it is quite frustrating with all the Invoices & Time tracking… currently i use different ways to handle all of this… but would surely like an app which can do all of this for me… :)

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