‘MicroISV Sites that Sell!’ – Creating and Marketing your Unique Selling Proposition

Bob Walsh at 47hats.com has published ‘MicroISV Sites that Sell! – Creating and Marketing your Unique Selling Proposition’, ($19USD) the ultimate ebook for anyone who has suffered the frustration of having built great software that doesn’t sell.

InvoicePlace was fortunate to be one of the companies reviewed in the ebook, but it is more than a series of case studies and includes simple steps to create a powerful and compelling Unique Selling Proposition, transform your marketing and make more sales for your MicroISV.

Creating and Marketing your Unique Selling Proposition

Testimonial – Athens Transfers – Athens International Airport taxi transfer services

A special thank you to Spiro and Patricia from Athens Transfers for providing an Invoiceplace testimonial. Athens Transfers provides taxi transfer services to and from Athens International Airport (also known as Eleftherios Venizelos),  Athens suburbs and all of Greece.

Scott Carpenter was extremely professional, offering suggestions and support throughout the whole process of preparing a custom invoice template. Our business provides corporate and leisure ground transportation in Athens and there are details which needed to be included on the invoice not usually required.

Now able to provide our customers with full details of their transfers and the best part Invoiceplace does all the calculations instantly.

We have no hesitation in recommending Scott Carpenter and Invoiceplace for anyone who may require easy invoicing for their business.

- Patricia & Spiro, Athens Transfers, Greece.

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Email an electronic invoice to multiple people

There are times when you create an invoice that you are required to send it to more than one person. This would occur when your customer’s billing is handled by an accounts department and you also need to email an invoice to a manager for approval.

Even though Invoiceplace already provides a way to email an electronic invoice to three people (by having ‘To’, ‘Cc’ and Bcc’ address fields) you can now email as many people as you need to.

How to email an invoice to more than one person

1. Login to Invoiceplace, and click on the email image for the invoice, quote or receipt you want to send.

Choose Invoice to Email

2. Enter multiple email addresses in the ‘To’, ‘Cc’ and/or ‘Bcc’ fields. Use a comma to separate each email address.

Email an electronic invoice to multiple customers

3. Update your customer details

You can now enter multiple email addresses in your customer record.

Email electronic invoice to multiple customers update customer details

When you an email an invoice the multiple addresses from your customer’s details are automatically displayed. You can change, remove or even add more email addresses if required.

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How to keep count of your stock – easy inventory management

Use Invoiceplace for easy inventory management – keep track of products sold so you will never run out of stock. The Stock on Hand (SOH) is automatically maintained for all of your products, and you can make stock adjustments to change the levels as required.

What does Stock On Hand / SOH mean, and how is it calculated?

The Stock On Hand or SOH is the total number of products that are available for sale, and have not been sold already.

Invoiceplace calculates the SOH as: (Total number of stock adjustments) – (Total number of products sold on invoices)

When an invoice is deleted any products that were on the invoice are added back to inventory. For example if you create an invoice for an professional photography session and include 2 photo albums then the SOH for the photo album is decreased by 2. If you delete this invoice, the SOH for the photo albums is increased by 2.

The SOH is not changed when you create an invoice template or a quote template that uses products in the invoice line items. Similarly creating a quote which has products will not change the SOH.

A stock adjustment will increase or decrease the SOH (see the next paragraph).

What is a stock adjustment?

A stock adjustment updates the number of products that are available. This would be done after receiving a shipment of stock from an external supplier, or when you create/manufacture more stock yourself.

Benefits of inventory management with Invoiceplace

  1. Instantly know when you need to re-order more stock.
  2. Doesn’t take more time or effort to use – Stock On Hand is automatically adjusted when you create or delete an invoice.
  3. Flexible and easy inventory management software – adjust stock levels for any reason in one simple step (i.e. after receiving a shipment from a supplier, during stock take, removing damaged or lost stock).

How to calculate stock on hand and stock adjustments

Adding inventory / stock is done in one simple step, and you don’t need to manually calculate the stock on hand – whenever you create or remove an invoice the SOH is automatically adjusted for you. When you receive a shipment from your supplier follow the instructions below to adjust stock levels.

1. Login to Invoiceplace and click on the Products tab.

Products Inventory Showing SOH And Stock Adjustments

The Stock On Hand is displayed for each product. There is no need to manually calculate the stock on hand – this is done automatically.

2. To create a Stock Adjustment click on the link titled ‘New Stock Adjustment’.

Click on Stock Adjustment Button

Enter the details for the stock adjustment:

Create A Stock Adjustment to adjust Stock on hand

Date Received: This is the date when you physically received or added to the stock available. This is not the date that you order more products.
Reference Number: This is the reference number used by the person or business supplying the products to you. This will typically be the invoice number from your supplier.
Product: Choose the existing product for which you need to update the stock levels.
Qty: This is the total number of products that you received or produced for this stock adjustment.
Unit Type: The unit type is automatically set from the product.
Notes: Used to enter any useful comments or extra information about the stock adjustment.

Not only does Invoiceplace provides invoicing software to make your billing fast and professional, now you can take control of your inventory as well!

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Upgrade to paperless invoicing and accept credit card payments online

Paymate: Australian online payment gateway, pay online, buy online

Invoiceplace has partnered with Paymate (an Australian Made online payment service) to provide a safe, easy and efficient way to invoice your customers and receive credit card payments. Upgrade to a paperless invoicing system and don’t waste time printing and posting your invoices or waiting in line at the bank.

Use Invoiceplace to create an invoice and email directly to your customer. Your customer simply clicks on a link in the invoice which directs them to the Paymate website to make a secure credit card payment – and the money is deposited directly into your bank account.

There is no need to set-up a merchant bank account – use your existing Australian or New Zealand business bank account to create a seller account in order to receive credit card payments through Paymate.

Paymate seller accounts are available to Australian and New Zealand registered businesses. Receive payments from Visa and Mastercard credit cards in Australian Dollars, US Dollars, Euros, British Pounds or New Zealand Dollars.

You don’t have to worry about receiving or storing credit card numbers. Paymate (an Australian financial services business, licensed with ASIC (Licence No: 290582)) is responsible for processing the payment.

Take advantage of this exciting partnership by following these steps:

1. Register for a free Paymate seller’s account (no set-up fees).

There are no fees to pay to register.

Paymate: Australian online payment gateway, pay online, buy online

2. Login to Invoiceplace, and enter your Paymate username for your seller’s account in your supplier details.

The Paymate username is required so that your customer can make a payment through your Paymate account. Invoiceplace does not require or have access to your Paymate account.

Invoiceplace Paymate Integration Enter Paymate Username In Invoice Supplier Details

3. Create an invoice and select ‘Paymate (Credit Card)’ as a payment method.

You can only choose Paymate as a payment method if you have entered a Paymate username in the supplier details. Only invoices created in Australian Dollars, US Dollars, Euros, British Pounds or New Zealand Dollars can use Paymate as a payment method.

Invoiceplace Paymate Integration Enter Paymate Select Invoice Payment Method

4. Save and email the invoice to your customer.

Your customer opens the invoice and clicks on the ‘pay now’ button. This button is displayed in the PDF and Word invoice formats.
Invoiceplace Paymate Integration Print PDF invoice

Your customer is sent to the secure Paymate express payment website to make an online credit card payment.

5. Create a receipt in Invoiceplace after payment has been received in your bank account.

Choose ‘Paymate (Credit Card)’ as the payment method.

Invoiceplace Paymate Integration Create Receipt

6. Update your invoice templates and quote templates to include Paymate as a payment method.

Invoiceplace Paymate Integration Show Invoice Template

Edit an existing invoice template and click on the ‘Paymate (Credit Card)’ payment method option.

Invoiceplace Paymate Integration Edit Invoice Template

For more information please visit Paymate, sign-up for a sellers account then update your Invoiceplace account so you can start accepting online credit card payments today!

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How to fix the Mozilla Firefox update error – AUS: Update XML File Malformed (200)

I was unable to update Mozilla Firefox because the error ‘AUS: Update XML File Malformed (200)’ was displayed. Below are the steps I followed to fix the Firefox update error – without having to re-install Firefox. Please note that the error message ‘AUS: Update XML File Malformed (200)’ is used to to describe more than one type of problem, so unfortunately the fix below may not work for you.

For the technically minded what I did to fix the Firefox update problem was to remove the cookie named aus2.mozilla.org. (There are detailed instructions below about how to remove the aus2.mozilla.org cookie).

The error occurs after Mozilla Firefox attempts to perform an automatic update check, or when you select the menu option ‘Help’ -> ‘Check for Updates..’. The error is displayed below.

Firefox Update AUS: Update XML File Malformed 200 error

How to fix the error ‘AUS: Update XML File Malformed (200)’ and update Firefox

1. Open Firefox and choose the menu option ‘Tools’, and then select ‘Options…’

Firefox Update AUS: Update XML File Malformed 200 error - choose tools->options

2. Click on the ‘Privacy’ tab, and then click on ‘Show Cookies’.

Firefox Update AUS: Update XML File Malformed 200 error - choose show cookies

3. Scroll down the list of cookies until you find the ‘aus2.mozilla.org’ cookie (they are in alphabetical order). Click on ‘Remove Cookie’.

Firefox Update AUS: Update XML File Malformed 200 error - remove AUS2.Mozilla.org cookie

4. Check to see if the problem has been fixed by performing an update. Select the Firefox Help menu, then ‘Check for updates..’.

Firefox Update AUS: Update XML File Malformed 200 error - check for updates

5. If the problem has not been resolved please visit the mozillaZine software update page , or the Firefox support website for more details about what may be causing the Firefox update problem on your computer.

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Invoiceplace testimonial and review – Aspects of Feet

Aspects of Feet

A big thank you to Peter Becket from Aspects of Feet for providing the following Invoiceplace testimonial :

My wife and I have recently started a new business. I spent many months looking for a simple business accounting package that would create and keep accurate records of our small business. We looked at many of the common ones you hear about every day but they all looked so complicated and expensive and with some you need to attend courses.

I then came across InvoicePlace. The first thing I noticed was how professional it looked. As I went through their tour I was literally amazed at how easy it was compared to anything else I had seen, not to mention the cost, which is negligible.

There were a couple of things I wished to be able to do that were not available at the time of signing up. I mentioned these to Scott, who within days added them to his programme. I honestly felt that he was tailoring his business programme around me. Now that’s what I call service.

Now I have a simple business programme, which will do everything I want and would challenge anyone, not to be able to use it themselves. Thanks Scott ..keep up the good work.

- Peter & Julie Becket, Aspects Of Feet. New South Wales, Australia.

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