Anchor

Free, self-hosted invoicing software

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JB Uy
JB UyHunter@jabeuy · Founder, NoteDock
Looks like @23andwalnut is behind this. I don't know them personally, but have come across some of their other apps before. Although this one is free, with all the SaaS out there and a lot of business models trying to go recurring, it's refreshing to me how they go the other way. Some further reading about their thoughts about this: http://www.duetapp.com/blog/is-s...
Saleem El-Amin
Saleem El-Amin@saelamin · Founder, 23rd & Walnut
@jabeuy Yep, it's one of mine. 23rd & Walnut is just one person at the moment :) The self-hosted software market is incredibly underserved right now. Anchor and Duet are my attempts to help fix that problem. I would love to people's thoughts/questions/criticisms on the product...or self hosted software in general.
JB Uy
JB UyHunter@jabeuy · Founder, NoteDock
@saelamin I'm actually working on an invoicing app myself which is why I took a look at Anchor. It integrates with a backend accounting system, so I don't think we'll be butting heads :) Some people want to control their data, while some prefer the convenience of SaaS. Maybe I missed it in your post about biz models, but granted that it won't take too many changes (in my case), why not do both options for your apps?
Saleem El-Amin
Saleem El-Amin@saelamin · Founder, 23rd & Walnut
@jabeuy Regarding Duet - there are sooo many SaaS project management apps out there, it's very difficult to differentiate yourself. Duet's value proposition is linked to the fact that it's self hosted. I think it would be very difficult to compete if I were to go the SaaS route. Just look at do.com, it was a great product, backed by Salesforce, and it still ended up getting shut down. SaaS might be an option for Duet (or Anchor) in the future, but for right now I think it's best for me to stay focused on the segment of the market I'm most likely to succeed in, even if it's smaller.
Nick Frost
Nick Frost@thinker · Co-Founder & Partner at Blocknauts.
Why are there so many invoicing apps out there? Has this not been solved, yet?
Saleem El-Amin
Saleem El-Amin@saelamin · Founder, 23rd & Walnut
@TheNickFrost I don't believe there are any 100% free self hosted invoicing apps out there.
Ian McDonnell
Ian McDonnell@ianmcdonnell · Photographer
I actually love this product, though I had trouble with the initial configuration. Eventually I got it working and the few clients that I send invoices to love it as well. I'll have to take another look, but I'd love to hook it up with a transactional email service to make sure the invoices get delivered properly. I have had a few go to junk or just get blocked (yes I know that's just my domain), and using send grid or something with this would be super cool.