July 31, 2017
Everything is great in land of PushSilver and I'm excited to announce some new goodies launching today. These new features came as a result of users sending in their feedback, which is awesome!
PushSilver has always allowed you to specify two different taxes to apply to an invoice when creating them. The problem was, they were always labeled "Tax 1" and "Tax 2", and while this got the job done, it didn't exactly provide a clean user experience to your clients, and didn't communicate why they were being applied. So now you can enter your own custom labels for each tax. Hopefully this helps your invoices look more considered and professional, all the while communicating information you're required to have.
In addition to custom labeling of taxes, users in Australia are required to have the words "Tax Invoice" on their invoices for reporting purposes. This language will be used automatically if your currency is set to AUD.
Sometimes you need to add a little extra text to every invoice. Maybe a support email address or just a bit of friendly reminder copy. Now you can include a line of text which will be applied across ALL of your invoices automatically. Use this for whatever you need!
Many of you wanted a way to attach some extra data to an invoice... Things like internal deadlines, payment milestones, or general project information. PushSilver now has the ability to store this extra information for you. On the bottom of the create and edit pages of your invoices is a section allowing you to put arbitrary text you can reference later. This text will never be shown to the client, so it's safe for sensitive data. Use it for whatever you like!
And lastly, when you're sending emails out to clients, it can be reassuring to know if the client has actually opened your invoice emails. Well now, I've added open tracking to the emails PushSilver sends out. If your client opens the email your invoice will gain an extra green check next to it in the invoice listing, telling you when your client opened the email. This should help in those "I didn't get your email" situations.
I hope all of these features make getting paid faster and more fun. I've got a whole slew of other things coming down the pipe that I can't wait to show you.
June 14, 2017
PushSilver was always a great deal at the $10 and $15 monthly price points. But for folks who don't send invoices the entire year (moonlighters, freelancers, conference organizers), it didn't makes sense to charge them for something they weren't using part of the year. I wanted to change that. After talking with some folks on this podcast episode, we came up with what I think is a genius option that makes sense for everybody.
If you don't send invoices regularly, but are wanting a good option for when you do, you can get a yearly account to PushSilver for $69 per year. This sure beats finding a random Pages invoice template and getting paid through the abomination that is Paypal. Just get paid through your Stripe instead of recreating your work, and paying more.
But here's the real kicker: if you want the best deal, and never want to worry about sending invoices for the REST OF YOUR LIFE, you should get a Lifetime account. Pay $139 once, and never think about it again. All new features to PushSilver are included. I'm in this for the long-haul, and I want you to be right along there with me.
To make this even more enticing, I'm offering a 🎉 SPECIAL PROMOTION 🎉.
Yearly accounts are $49 and Lifetime accounts are only $99. A Lifetime account is literally cheaper than a whole year of the old pricing ($180).
Today! I only do things on the 14th. Seriously:
So, it only makes sense to launch our new pricing on the 14th. We're running this promotion for a whole month, and prices will assume their final resting state on July 14th, so you'll want to sign up soon so you can to get the best deal.
Feel free to stay on your older, more-expensive plans, but I think the new pricing is much better considering you can get a LIFETIME account for less than a whole year of their current subscription.
Free accounts are being retired with this launch, but don't fear! We're still giving you access to edit and view your existing invoices.
Here are a few of the items I've got in the pipeline:
So you can rest assured, things are getting better and better.
January 4, 2017
PushSilver started as a humble side-project, created to make my life easier when getting paid by clients. It was created to eliminate hand-rolling an invoice in Pages, manually emailing a client the PDF, and asking them to pay via check or even (gasp!) PayPal. It was designed to be so simple and clean so you could spend more time building, creating, or doing whatever you do. It's with that simplicity and ease-of-use in mind that I keeping pushing the product to be better.
The next step in solving client payment woes for freelancers, small agencies and other folks grinding it out is helping you get paid on a schedule. Recurring revenue can be one of the hardest things to get started with, but has the power to ease your mind like nothing else. Whether you have a retainer with your regular clients or run a productized service you charge monthly for, recurring revenue is the holy grail of the freelancer's life.
So launching today for PushSilver's Freelancer customers is monthly recurring invoices. Here's how it works:
From there, every month at the right time, PushSilver will gather the recurring invoices and schedule them to be sent. You'll get a notification that it was sent and so will your client, but only if you've set them to auto-send. Otherwise, you'll get a reminder that the invoice was created and is ready to be further edited/viewed. This gives you an opportunity to customize the invoice before it gets sent. You can also set a recurring invoice to be inactive if you need to skip a few months. Lots of flexibility.
Even though I was hard at work designing, building, and testing recurring invoices, I took the opportunity to tune up a bunch of things which had been bothering me. Here's a small sampling of the things which got some love:
With the new year here, many people are working on growing their business, taking some projects on the side, or just now considering heading out on their own. PushSilver is a tool which takes the headache out of getting paid for your work. Maybe it's time for you to sign up?
November 28, 2016
This weekend the kids were asleep, the wife was snuggled up close to her phone, and the coding flow was deep. I managed to push out two of the most-requested features in our backlog: refunds and the ability to disable Stripe payments per-invoice.
Previously, and maybe embarassingly so, when you needed to refund a payment, you could refund the money from within Stripe, but couldn't delete the payment within PushSilver. Pretty sad, really. I even had a client of ours pay through Stripe when we requested a direct deposit, and I found myself deleting the payment directly in the database to reset them. I said, "No more!", and got to work. A little while later, refunds were complete, tested, and sent to the queue for deployment today!
Now, if an invoice is paid and you wish to refund the amount to your client, just head to the "Payments" area and click the big, red "Refund" button. This will immediately send them back the amount, including the fees Stripe imposes on the payment. If the payment is a manual payment (a payment that wasn't paid via Stripe), then it will simply put the amount back onto the invoice, essentially resetting it.
A lot of my customers like to use Stripe for small payments, but some have clients that pay via direct deposit, mail them a check, or simply throw them cash under the table. That's fine with me! The problem arose when you had Stripe enabled for the small payments, but a client mistakenly paid via Stripe on a big invoice. In this situation, you may prefer to get paid via another method, but want to track it within PushSilver. Well, now we've added the option for you to keep your Stripe account attached to PushSilver, but you can disable Stripe payment per-invoice. Now you can simply disable it in the invoice builder before you hit "Create", and the payment option just won't show up. Never worry about a client paying with the wrong method accidentally again.
That's all the goodies for now, but you can be sure I'm hard at work on at least another hundred other cool features and improvements. More to come soon.
November 28, 2016
PushSilver has been around for about a year officially, and about a year unofficially before that. I was never really sure if this little payments side-project would ever take off (and I'm not still not certain it will yet). However, some folks have found their way to the product, and have trusted their invoicing with us, all without any marketing being put into it.
But, now that it has hundreds of users and customers, I think it's time to honor those loyal SilverPushers' (is that cheesy?) time by being more open and commmunicative with my development cycle and process. Naturally, one of the best ways to do that is to launch a blog and tell you about all of the good things we have in store. And that we will do. Starting today.