On 30-03-15 23:27, Eric wrote:
I'm looking for really simple invoicing system. I've seen a few out
there that work on top of Calc but they are typically oriented towards
product based invoices versus service invoices (what I need).
A while ago I came up with a similar question here. Not happy with my
software I've tried several options and finally decided to be stubborn.
So I made a construction in Calc and after three months working with it
I can say that is was worth the effort and I am very happy with it. I am
in full control now, instead of pushing buttons on a black box, I can
import raw csv files from the bank and after a good talk with and help
from my accountant the output is very compatible with his demands. For
people not very familiar with Calc I would strongly advice not to do it
One of the reasons to do this is that my invoice system is based on
tables in Calc. In fact it started with Star Office and is now over 13
years old. It is not a nice polished system, back then I had a database
in mind so it contains a lot of sheets for relations, a sheet for
customers, customer - project, project - invoice, invoice - sold items, ...
Flexibility is a main argument. For example, over the years I began
exporting, inside and outside EU, to private persons and companies, all
having different VAT laws. It is extended to serve well and I am even
not aware of a system that is able to do this task better and is Freedom
Concluding, I am in full control, it took a lot of work but that is
paying back, it is not polished, using it is hard to explain to
colleagues, you always have to be careful not to mess things up, it is
very easy to export data, search data and sort data. It takes discipline
to work with it.
Perhaps most important... Over the years I've learned one thing, smart
entrepreneurs are experts in bookkeeping. If not, work on it. Last
resort: find a bookkeeper for a long term relation.
I'm not interested in a
full-fledged bookkeeping system. I've been through three in the past two
years and finally my accountant told me I was never to touch a
bookkeeping system or even do my own bookkeeping because it's gonna cost
me more for him to untangle my mistakes that it will be for him to do it
for me (yes, I'm that bad at it).
There is so much on the net, everybody can learn bookkeeping and working
with your own data gives you the best impression of how your
organization is doing.
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