As freelancers, we like to have all our tools in one place, one dashboard. When it comes to invoicing, proposals, project management, time tracking, etc., it’s hard to find all of these features in one place without paying a high price. Fortunately, there’s the Pancake app, the hands-down best all-in-one solution for your freelance business. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider it:
My personal experience
I wrote an article a couple of months ago called “The Best Invoicing and Accounting Software for Freelance Web Designers.” Don’t click on it….the times, they have-a-changed.
In that article, I concluded that Zoho Books was the best app overall. This was largely due to the ability to budget my business bank accounts within the app. However, I later realized this is completely unnecessary to try to budget bank accounts this way, and that it was instead more beneficial (and more efficient) to just keep track of Income and Expenses….i.e. what comes in and what goes out. On top of this I had some irritating technical and customer support issues with Zoho.
So I made the move over to Freshbooks and liked it. But as soon as I had more than 5 clients, I was asked to upgrade to the $25/month plan. Ugh. Was there any other solution that I wouldn’t have to pay a subscription to use….one that offered the same options for less?
And then I came across Pancake, a “funny-named” alternative that not only offered the same for less, but much, much, more than I had expected.
Here are 5 reasons why I now use the Pancake app and why it will remain my “one-stop shop” in my freelance business.
5 Reasons the Pancake App is the Best Invoicing Software, and more
1. It is a one-time fee for the Pancake app, not a recurring, third-party subscription
As mentioned above, Freshbooks went up to $25/month after my fifth client. That’s $300 a year ($270 if you pay annually).
Pancake is a one time fee only of $149….no subscription.
Let’s do the math….. that is the price of 6 months of Freshbooks….forever.
Pay the one time fee….and you are set for life. No subscriptions.
2. The Pancake app has all the features you need
Now this was the biggest perk for me. I hate having to jump back and forth between programs to get tasks done. I want it all in one place!
Here are the features of Pancake:
- Invoicing, including Paypal and Stripe
- Time tracking
- Expense tracking
- Project management
- Client areas for each client, managed by you.
- Detailed reporting
- Custom branding
- Free install
3. The Pancake app is self-hosted
This is another unique feature.
When you purchase the Pancake app, you download a zip file that contains a folder that you upload to your own server. This app has it’s own database AND its own stylesheets.
So if you leave the name of the folder ‘Pancake’, then your access to it would be yoursite.com/pancake/admin
That’s great. Why?
Because there is no third-party at all! No subscriptions. No tiers. No logging into other sites to access it.
In addition, this looks great to your clients, that they can access their invoices, project info, proposals, etc., right there on your own company website.
I actually received a compliment on how easy and unique things were on my very first invoice sent with Pancake!
4. The Pancake app can be customized and branded easily
Since the app is installed on your server, you have complete control over its appearance. You can:
- Add your own logo to the front end AND back end
- Style the CSS on the front end AND back end to match your brand
- Decide IF and WHAT the client sees in their “client-area.”
5. The Pancake app is unlimited with no "levels"
There are no packages like “Starter,” “Enterprise,” or “Agency” giving you a little more access for more costly fees.
With Freshbooks at $15 a month you only get 5 clients and no proposals. Only at $25 a month do you get unlimited clients and proposals.
With a service like Xero you get only 5 invoices per month for $10. Only at $30 a month are you released from this restriction.
With the Pancake app, there are NO restrictions and NO tiers.
You get it all with the one time fee.
In the long-run the Pancake app pays for itself in just a few months.
Don’t restrict yourself to monthly subscriptions when you don’t have to in your freelance business. Take total control of your process.
Grab the Pancake app and get it all, self-hosted, and in accordance with your brand, all for a one-time fee!
Let me know if you have any questions about Pancake below and I’ll be happy to answer.