FreshBooks, an online invoicing favorite among many small businesses and freelancers, rolled out an integration with PayPal Business Payments today, giving users the option to charge clients online rather than waiting for a paper check.
FreshBooks has always been great at kicking out a nice-looking PDF invoice, which can be emailed to the client or printed out and sent via snail mail. Of course, even the email option requires businesses to wait a few days for the payment to be mailed or directly deposited into their bank accounts.
Naturally, enabling Web-based payments tends to result in invoices getting paid faster, a fact demonstrated last year in a study conducted by Harvest, another Web invoicing provider.
Folks with larger invoices to send will be delighted to know that PayPal is charging a flat rate of 50 cents for each transaction, rather than a percentage.
"FreshBooks has been waiting for it since our inception in 2003," wrote the company's head of communications John Coates in a blog post. "Finally, we're closer to saying goodbye to the paper check."
This feature is currently only available to businesses based in the United States.