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!
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.
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:
- Follow me on Twitter. Trust me, I won’t clog your feed and I always try to tweet interesting articles and resources!
- Follow Marketcircle on Twitter.
- 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!
- 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:
- Only enter once.
- Contest closes after midnight (Standard Eastern Time) on Dec 1 2010.
- I will be tabulating entries, and selecting and contacting the winner within several days of the contest closing.
- 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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