I mean, as an artist I didn't realize the impact business has on the creative mind. Not being successful was impacting my creative side dramatically, I just didn't realize to what extent. I never did really well at keeping track, my invoicing was predominantly paper and pen, and often I'd simply use an excel sheet to keep track (ha!) of things. I later upgraded to Quickbooks, that was great until I was audited and the mistakes I had made in that program were so bad I ended up paying thousands of unpaid taxes, that almost closed my business entirely. I switched to Freshbooks as a friend of mine was recommending it. They do things right, they keep it simple. Now as my business grows, I know exactly problem areas and deal with them before they become too large to deal with. I also can project monthly's, that allowed me to hire a part time assistant to help, freeing me up to focus more on photography.
I dislike the fact I heard of this 3 years too late! The fact it's 100% online is a very slight irritation, I sometimes wish I had access to a program on my PC.
If you're a creative, looking for a simple, yet powerful accounting and billing option, Freshbooks is where to look. Starting up is easy, and integration with contractors and accountants is an absolute breeze. In fact, my accountant even gives me a discount based on how organized I am now VS before! Can't speak highly enough of it, well priced, solid platform.
By taking the guesswork out of my accounting, accounts aging etc I have effectively freed up more time and creativity. I am a photographer, I get paid to do that job. Thats my strength, and having time sucked away from that into accounting was a problem that freshbooks solved.