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Sending invoices with Blinksale vs. Word Processors

When in casual conversation with our friends who send invoices, we often find that the response to “What do you send your invoices with?” is “Usually just a Pages or Word doc. Maybe an Excel spreadsheet.”

(cringe)

At the end of the day, if you are sending Word docs and you love it, that’s great. The first rule is finding a system you know you’ll stick with and you know you’ll love.

However, here are some advantages to using a system like Blinksale over just creating the invoices themselves in Word.

1. All of your information in one place.

– Word docs are files, and unless you have a superhuman ability to always put the right file in the right place, these can be lost very easily.

– Your contacts’ basic information (at least their name and email) are in Blinksale once you have sent them an invoice.

2. The flow of creating an invoice is so easy.

– Need to send a similar invoice to the last invoice you sent? Easy, Blinksale allows you to duplicate, and then edit.

– Can’t remember what invoice number you sent last? Easy, Blinksale shows you your last invoice number right in the screen you are creating a new invoice in.

3. Accessible anywhere.

– Are you in a mall and a client calls your mobile number in a frantic state asking for your most recent invoice to reconcile their books for the month? Hop on your phone (or into the Apple store), login, and send. If you don’t have access everywhere, you’ll be at a loss in those rare but important situations.

What are your favorite reasons to use cloud computing softwares like Blinksale?

Scheduled Maintenance

Blinksale will briefly be unavailable due to a scheduled maintenance from Engine Yard and AWS on Tuesday, September 30, between 09:00:00 GMT (1am PST) and 15:00:00 GMT (8am PST).

During this period, our database master instance will be rebooted, making the main application unavailable for only a few minutes.

If you have any questions in the meantime, let us know: support@blinksale.com

Update

We decided to perform a proactive maintenance on Monday, to avoid a longer downtime on Tuesday. The Blinksale webapp was unavailable for 15 minutes, starting at 21:25 GMT (1:25pm PST). During this period, we promoted our database slave to master, and provisioned a new database slave replica.

To understand more about why this maintenance was required, check out these two links:

Blinksale launches Stripe International

Last year we introduced Stripe payments for our U.S. customers, and today we are pleased to announce that Stripe is available to all Blinksale customers in the 17 countries served by Stripe. As Stripe adds more countries, so will we!

Connecting is easy. If you have a Stripe account, all you have to do is sign into Blinksale, go to Payment Settings, and click the “Connect to Stripe” button under Credit Cards. You will be redirected to Stripe, where you may sign into your existing account or sign up for a new one. After the process finishes on Stripe’s end, you’ll be connected and redirected back to Blinksale.

If you have any questions, we’re here and happy to help you.

Scheduled maintenance

Blinksale will briefly be unavailable due to a scheduled maintenance on Saturday, September 6, between 2:15am – 3:15am CST (8:15 – 9:15 UTC).

If you have any questions in the meantime, let us know: support@blinksale.com

Communicating Well With Your Clients

Clearly communicating with clients is not always easy, and we are often asked for advice. Here are 3 sure-fire tips that we believe will improve any client relationship.

1. Make your voice heard. You were hired because you have specific talent or expertise. Don’t be afraid to share your opinion! Your client will appreciate your candor and dedication to their success, and your work will be better for it.

2. Give frequent updates. No one likes being in the dark, especially when they’re paying good money for work. Often times there are long stretches of silence between updates. Over-communicate! Sharing your progress and status lets your client trust you because they know what is happening (even if it’s not all good news).

3. Most importantly, always be kind & work hard. It seems like common sense that these qualities should thread through everything you do, but that’s not always the case. Clients may forget the details of everything you did for them, but they will always remember if you were nice & worked hard.

Now get out there and communicate!