Roundup

July 2016 Roundup

Aug 01, 2016

July was packed with a ton of new features for invoicing, including the announcement of the invoicing beta, as well as the addition of invoice line items and downloadable PDFs. We also interviewed a freelance iOS developer for Talking Shop and discussed the benefits of freelancing over full-time on the Ask a Freelancer podcast. Take a look at everything we were able to accomplish!

New: Invoicing Beta

The invoicing beta is now live and available for everyone! Under the Add-ons tab, you can enable invoicing and try it out before launch. We’re going to add more invoicing features throughout the beta, so you can help us shape it!

Beta: Line Items

As part of the invoicing beta, you’ll find a ton of new features, including invoice line items with the ability to specify rates and taxes. You can even reference your tax rates easily when simply clicking into the tax field!

Beta: Tax Rates

When you’re creating an invoice, you can now save any common tax rates you use on a regular basis, and Cushion will include them in the auto-complete list. There’s no need to travel all the way to the preferences page, then back to your invoice—edit your tax rates on-the-spot.

Beta: Download Invoice PDFs

You can also download invoices as beautiful, not-embarrassing PDFs. We worked really hard to design a clear and simple invoice, so you can feel confident when sending them to clients. See an example invoice here.

Beta: Markdown Invoice Details

On the invoice, we included a spot for details, like payment terms or “thank you” notes to clients. It supports Markdown, so you can easily format your message.

Podcast: Freelancing is a Journey

Listen to the latest episode of our Ask a Freelancer podcast, hosted by freelance illustrator Andy J. Miller. This episode covers freelancing instead of full-time, keeping a routine, and staying fulfilled over time.

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Talking Shop with an iOS developer

Read the latest interview in our Talking Shop series. We spoke with Ben Dodson, a freelance iOS developer from Bristol, UK. He talks about the pros & cons of pet projects versus freelancing for clients.

Spread The Word

Lastly, we’d love to see Cushion in the hands of more freelancers and small studios, so if you want to help, spread the word! Any mention of Cushion goes a long way and puts a big smile on our faces. :)

That’s all for July. In August, we’ll continue working on the invoicing beta, with features like easy template editing, localization, and sending invoices to clients. We also have a few other top secret features up our sleeves that we can’t wait to launch. Stay tuned!

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  1. Summary Stats
    Feature
  2. Drag & Drop Lists
    Feature
  3. Invoices Due Today
    Feature
  4. Draft Invoices
    Feature
  5. Inline Forms
    Feature
  6. Time-Tracking Beta
    Feature
  7. Endless Scrolling & Zooming
    Feature
  8. Sending Invoices
    Feature
  9. Stripe Beta
    Announcement
  10. Invoice Logos
    Feature
  11. Streamlined Workflows
    Feature
  12. Monthly Income Goals
    Feature
  13. Moonlighter Plan
    Announcement
  14. October 2016 Roundup
    Roundup
  15. Auto-Incrementing Invoices
    Feature
  16. Invoicing
    Feature
  17. September 2016 Roundup
    Roundup
  18. August 2016 Roundup
    Roundup
  19. Automatic Currency Conversion
    Feature
  20. Projected Paydays
    Feature
  21. July 2016 Roundup
    Roundup
  22. Retainers
    Feature
  23. Inline Notes
    Feature
  24. Ask a Freelancer podcast
    Announcement
  25. Expenses
    Feature
  26. Availability Badge
    Feature
  27. Availability
    Feature
  28. Overbooking
    Feature
  29. Xero Integration
    Feature
  30. Vacations
    Feature
  31. Weekly Summaries
    Feature
  32. Monthly Income
    Feature
  33. Small Tweaks, Big Improvements
    Feature
  34. Client Ranking & Average Ranges
    Feature
  35. Stickers!
    Announcement

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