Photography-focused customer relationship manager (CRM) Bloom has deployed a new invoicing tool that is built specifically for photographers and is completely free to use, has no limits, and doesn’t require an account.
The company says that in light of the number of freelance photographers who need a better way to invoice clients, it has developed one made specifically with them in mind and removed all the barriers so that anyone can use it as much as they want to, for free.
Bloom says that 50% of freelancers still require check or cash to pay for services, which it says is an outdated method and one that clients do not appreciate. 85% percent of freelancers would pick up more work if they were paid faster, but only 17% of companies reported having the infrastructure necessary for these transactions.
“Old school payment methods prolong the payment process and look unprofessional. Bloom says that creating multiple invoices in Microsoft Excel and Word is tedious. It requires you to copy and paste the item details, which can be repetitive and time-consuming. This task is still used by many photographers today.
“Financial tracking tools like Quickbooks or Freshbooks are built for enterprises, accountants, and large businesses. These invoicing tools are expensive, outdated, and complicated. Other invoicing tools on the market charge high processing fees and don’t offer features that freelancers financially benefit from like tipping.”
The Free Invoice Generator allows photographers to customize invoices with specific branding and lets them integrate features like a retainer or, as mentioned, the option to tip. This tool allows photographers to offer 0% interest financing and offers the option to transfer funds to avoid credit card fees. The tool is integrated with Square, Stripe, CashApp, Venmo, Paypal, and Zelle and is available in over 25 countries and supports over 135 currencies.
Invoices are available in three formats: email, PDF or via link. You can also save any invoice templates for future reference.
Bloom claims that the invoice generator can help photographers create professional client experiences, lower late payments and connect invoices to contracts.