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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 this way.

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 software.

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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