Could easily become your most important application for administering your business
Overall, my conversion to FreeAgent has been an utter joy. As an illustration, I've gone from having to employ someone three days a week to do the books on my main company to doing the books myself in no more than one hour a month. In fact, I also do the books for another business and that takes 30 minutes a month and now have FreeAgent setup for all my companies.
FreeAgent handles invoicing, estimating, contacts, expenses, dividends and regular bills along with a complete array of other features. All of these work efficiently and intuitively and I like the fact that the developers are constantly adding new tweaks and features.
FreeAgent ranks in my top couple of web applications of any sort. As an extremely busy person, I confess to almost enjoying doing the accounts now!
It's rare that I feel able to recommend a product unreservedly: this is one of those occasions. FreeAgent starts at £15 per month for a sole trader and, given the range of features and ease of use, could easily become your most important application for administering your business.
Kevin Partner | PC Pro
Every home-based freelancer's dream
It is more than an invoicing app - it's the closest thing to a virtual accountant that I've ever seen and, far from those services on my original list, it's British! That means its easy to report Sales Tax, VAT, business and personal taxes.
It's designed to help you spend less time on your money and more time making it, which is, surely, every home-based freelancer's dream. And for that reason, I'd urge you to check out FreeAgent on the link below and have a go on one if its demo accounts.
San Sharma | Enterprise Nation
FreeAgent just takes me by the hand and guides me through the whole process
FreeAgent is a fully featured online accounting tool wrapped in a sleek, comprehensive and easy to use interface. It's aimed at Sole Traders, Partnerships and Limited Companys, they offer a free 30 day trial to get you started and after that there's a price plan ranging from £15 - £25 a month at the time of recording this review.
I'm a simple code monkey and the thought of managing my taxes and invoices sends shivers down my spine. So I love that FreeAgent just takes me by the hand and guides me through the whole process.
You simply start off by creating a client, then you assign a project to that client, you add timeslips to the project and using your hourly rate FreeAgent tells you what you've earned and what you owe the tax man and the whole thing is pretty much that simple.
As I've said it's fully featured, you can create invoices, manage expenses and mileage, upload and analyze your bank statements, create a login for your accountant, view real time profit and loss reports the list goes on and the guys are constant adding new stuff.
Ryan Havoc | Boagworld
The functionality here is entirely what you would expect of a best-of-breed accounting application.
FreeAgent is as Web 2.0 as it comes. One doesn’t feel for a second like it’s an installed app hastily converted to run on the web – it’s been designed from the ground up as SaaS. Their interface is intuitive, friendly and everything is obviously in its place.
FreeAgent, in keeping with it’s contractor focus, is strong on time management, invoicing and expenses reimbursement – their functionality here is entirely what you would expect of a best-of-breed accounting application.
FreeAgent knows what it is, and more importantly what it isn’t. It’s a product that is clearly targeting the very small operations, businesses with 1 – 3 people inside them and who are time and resource constrained.
Ben Kepes | CloudAve
Makes a difficult subject – accounting and invoicing – a lot easier.
I first thought they were just another online invoicing app (of which there are quite a few). However after a bit of a look through I’ve realised they actually cover a lot more ground than just that.
Overall I thought FreeAgent was a useful toolset that makes a difficult subject – accounting and invoicing – a lot easier.
Collis Ta’eed | Freelance Switch
Offers an unrivalled range of features for its target market
In use you can clearly see this is a fully fledged SaaS product, not just using the Web as a delivery mechanism, but fully embracing the benefits of Web 2.0 with both data and the platform itself ‘in the cloud’, as they say these days.
The on-screen presentation of the VAT return is very user-friendly, showing the VAT scheme used, the VAT return figures (with the box numbers to fill in) followed by a detailed transaction listing to show the make-up of each figure on the return.
One of the most popular features of FreeAgent, and one which really shows off Web 2.0 technology at its best, is the Subscribe to your Invoice and Tax Timelines in Outlook/Google Calendar feature. While you can see impending tax deadlines (and Companies House filing deadlines now) and invoices due for payment on the dashboard page, FreeAgent goes one step further by enabling you to subscribe to a live feed of the data which is automatically slots those dates and events into Outlook (2007), Google Calendar or Apple iCal.
FreeAgent looks good, is pretty straightforward to use, and offers an unrivalled range of features for its target market. Firms with a significant number of IT contractors and one-man consultancies should certainly be looking at FreeAgent as at least one of their online offerings.
Nigel Harris | AccountingWeb
I don’t think any other solo web app can even begin to compete with FreeAgent
FreeAgent is not just for invoicing, it is a complete accounting package. If you are a UK-based business I don’t think any other solo web app can even begin to compete with FreeAgent. If you want something that does it all so you don’t have to worry about APIs remaining compatible, this is your best bet. If you want something that deals with UK taxes out of the box, this is your best bet. If you want something that is UK accountant friendly, this is still your best bet. Their website says, “Online accounting Nirvana for freelancers and small businesses,” and I’m not going to disagree but I will say it’s only truly epicly awesome for the UK. For everyone else it’s just the normal level of awesome.
Hayley Marsden | WordPress. Events. Cake.
The service immediately struck a chord with me because I am a free agent
The service immediately struck a chord with me because I am a free agent. I write, teach and publish software online. The service (no IT department needed, no need to worry about installing updates or taking backups) offers sole traders and small limited companies a simple and attractive way of keeping on top of projects, their time and billing, their expenses and their tax obligations.
David Tebbutt | Small Biz Pod
One outstanding feature of FreeAgent is it's invoice gallery
FreeAgent is a great looking application. Nice and clean navigation and very easy to use. The FreeAgent name hints at the target market for this application - Freelancers.
One outstanding feature of FreeAgent is it's invoice gallery where you can customise the layout of the invoice. If that doesn’t offer enough flexibility, there’s even an invoice development kit so you can design your own templates and use them within FreeAgent - very classy.
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