For the last year and a half or so I have been using Quicken Quickbooks for managing the finances of my home-based business, Asheville Technologies. I bought the software originally thinking it would take care of all the stuff I’m bad at: remembering to send recurring invoices, preparing taxes, and keeping track of my checking account.
Last night, after Quickbooks crashed for the umpteenth time, I decided it was time for a change. The program was just too complicated and obfuscated for my needs, and I found myself not even wanting to open it when I needed to.
I searched high and low on Google, and finally discovered a gem of an application. It is called CG Invoicer, and is produced by a company called Chicken Girl Software. Being a fan of barnyard animals, I knew it was the app for me. The simplicity and ease of use is exactly what I was looking for.
- Create a product
- Create a client
- Generate an invoice
- Send invoice via email
It’s unfortunate that Quicken doesn’t offer something that is watered down for those of us who don’t need to generate projected earnings in 10 years with customizable bar graphs. Quicken comes with a 200 some-odd page manual and has volumes of books written about it. CG Invoicer was so simple to use and easy to figure out, no manual or help file was included.
The point of all this is that these big companies spend all this money to pack a program with features, while a small outfit can make something simple and functional and charge a fraction of the cost. This concept translates into many other areas too.
The ‘kewl’ news of late for me is that my employer is buying me a G4 Powerbook. That’s a Mac laptop for all you moms and dads 😉
Oh, the mobility!
The bad news is that the fender bender my wife had in a parking lot last week was her fault and totalled the other person’s car.
Grrr…mobility can bite you in the butt!