The billing software I use to keep track of my hours/clients/invoices etc. is no longer supported by the manufacturer, and I have to find something else. Is it off-topic here to ask for a suggestion? While it's not strictly about writing, anyone who writes/edits for a living in any capacity does have to keep track of money.

  • Maybe better at Personal Finance & Money?
    – Matt Ellen
    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:53
  • @MattEllen I did a quick skim, but that SE is about personal finance. This is really a "small business/sole proprietor" question, and I know there are other people in that situation on this board. Feb 20, 2014 at 12:40
  • You can ask about "sole proprietorship: bookkeeping". But, if you feel it's not the right place, that's fine. I don't actually use that SE.
    – Matt Ellen
    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:52
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    It's off-topic and a list question. Have you tried chat? Feb 20, 2014 at 23:57
  • @JohnSmithers ooh, chat is a good idea, thank you. Feb 21, 2014 at 0:49

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This sounds like a case of boat programming -- in this case, you're asking what's the best way to manage your billing as a writer, but the "as a writer" part isn't actually important to the question. You could ask the same question "as a contract programmer", "as a plumber", "as a private flight instructor", or whatever and you'd get the same answers. So my instinct would be that it's off-topic, quite aside from whether it's a list question.

However, if there are aspects of the question that are specific to writers, a question that focuses on those particular issues could be on-topic.


There is a new SE site specifically for Software Recommendations.

Could be useful.

Software Recommendations

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