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.