Tips & Tricks
Posted by txbc on June 3rd, 2008 in Tips & Tricks
While Blinksale does a killer job at creating, managing and sending your invoices, it doesn’t yet have a built-in time tracking feature. We’ve preferred to leave that to task to a few other remarkable services.
One unique new time tracking service you might not be aware of is Tempo. Tempo is a simple and flexible, but one of its more compelling features is the ability it gives you to enter your time away from your desktop web browser via mobile phone, SMS, email or Twitter.
And after you’re done tracking your time you can use Tempo to create a Blinksale invoice in no time at all. We think this is pretty cool. Give Tempo a look.
Posted by txbc on October 6th, 2006 in Tips & Tricks
Free time-tracking service Time.onrails.org wins the prize for the first third-party time-tracking implementation for Blinksale. If you’ve been looking for a way to quickly add your time sheet data to Blinksale in order to invoice a client, your ship may have just come in.
We’re excited about the future with Blinksale’s easy to use API, and Time.onrails.org’s time tracking implementation is just the beginning of the great Blinksale solutions that will be coming down the pipe. Great work guys!
Posted by txbc on September 25th, 2006 in Tips & Tricks
Inspired by Jon Hicks’ Microformats Safari mockup, Left Logic has released a Microformats bookmarklet. The bookmarklet allows you to easily see a listing of all hCard formatted contacts on a web page, save those contacts as an .vcf file, then import that contact automatically in Address Book (if you’re on a Mac). It’s a pretty slick little piece of code, and it works just dandy with Blinksale (Blinksale supports Microformats, did you know?). Anyhow, the bookmarklet works in Safari and Firefox, but no word on IE6 support yet. You should probably check it out.
Just a hint: The best place to look for Microformats in Blinksale is your Invoice view (both client and vendor are formatted as hCard entries) or your People page (lots of hCards there).
Posted by txbc on July 21st, 2006 in Tips & Tricks
[Editor's note: Matt's previously-published resource appears to have vanished. We will update if another resource emerges.]
Currently Blinksale does not really have an official way to create credits for client overpayments. However, Blinksale subscriber Matt Thomas has just posted a smart way to handle them yourself. We love it when we learn about folks using Blinksale in creative ways, and Matt is no exception.
So if your clients are sending you too much money (a good problem to have), check out Matt’s client overpayment tip [link redacted]. I think you’ll be glad you did. Thanks Matt!
Posted by txbc on May 10th, 2006 in Tips & Tricks
A recent smaller addition to Blinksale that we haven’t talked about much is Drafts. Previously, when you created an invoice with Blinksale it was a live, calculated invoice from the moment you saved it.
Now, when you create an invoice it is saved as a draft (and invisible to your clients) until you either A) send the invoice, or B) click the “Convert to Open Invoice” from your invoice page. Drafts are denoted with a purple label on your Invoices page, and soon we plan to add a Drafts table to your Dashboard.
Finally, many have asked what the little envelope and green check icons are on your Invoices page. Unsent invoices are marked with the open envelope, while sent (emailed) invoices are marked with the green check. One thing to note: invoices created before our 2.0 update last month will all be marked “unsent” by default as we were not previously storing this data.