PS Forgot, I need to be able to invoice in £ and €.
There is no concept of a portable print/screen template. Visual interface templates are called layouts and cannot be exported or imported between solutions. But layout objects can be copied between files. Maybe one of the starter solutions is a good starting point for you. You can easily modify the layouts to your needs. The good point: FileMaker's layout concept is quite flexible and allows for creating layouts that can fit virtually any needs.
not sure if I am clever enough to do such things myself. I can use FMP not sure I can program it.
Your are most welcome.
If you require a business application built to your specifications, I'd recommend that you talk to a developer in your region.
I am afraid that this would be beyond my budget, I did ask before posting and got a shock.
Then don't be afraid of starting to work on your solution. There are some good readings available in the "Resources" section.
every country AFAIK has its own specifications concerning what can't be omitted on an invoice, data grouping and positioning, etc.
You might not need a complete inventory, but you do need a table with invoiceable items.
All in all you truly need a local expert, and hoping to get something like what you need for free is somehow pushing it too far.
go to the starter solutions create an invoice then play with the system it took me about six months in-between normal work I'm a self employed chauffeur
and now for each job all i do is enter a ref number job details date time client journey expenses and the price
tap the ref number in the relevant customers invoice and in go's all the billing details
you will find all you could possible need in the starter solution its just a question of changing it to suit your needs
PS i know nothing about computers and at 63 i won't be beaten by a machine
If you knew nothing about computers - now you know
Thank you for kind words of encouragement
But if i knew a bit more i could give a better answer to change agent_1 all i did was to start the invoice solutions and changed it around until i got what i was looking for
if i was clever i would share with others
your post deserves to go to Filemaker's front page. All their marketing brainstorming could not come up with such a vibrant and concrete synthesis.
Although you can do almost anything with Filemaker, as far as invoicing goes, even though the templates are a good starting point, I wouldn't bother. I have made several solutions over the years from simple to complex and believe me, even with the templates you might get some perplexing results once you start changing the scripts without any knowledge. Fortunately there are a huge range of on-line "cloud" based software that will do what you want. The great flexibility with these is that you are not tied to one computer as you are with FileMaker and can make changes, lookup customers etc. from your phone without worrying about synching. I suggest you go and have a look at Saasu - Online Accounting Software - Features You only have to use the bits you want, invoices & customers but, all the rest is available if and when you need it. Now you can get on with the really important stuff, growing your business that will earn you money. Don't forget the BIG picture, have fun I wish you every success.
Now, if FileMaker would come up with a cloud based version where I could put my apps & data in the "cloud" that would be really something. I would get back into FileMaker. Stand alone apps are just ancient nowadays.
Don't get me wrong - I love FileMaker. Like many people here, I make my living building data systems with FileMaker.
And whenever I start a conversation with a potential customer, I ask if they have tried off-the-shelf products. Off-the-shelf products will be less expensive, have a community of other users, and (usually) a team of developers, marketers, and managers to keep the software growing and the customers happy.
And your needs - at least as you've expressed them in the original post - seem to fall comfortably within the realm of an off-the-shelf solution.
Here are just a few suggestions:
Thanks for that. Cloud based is not an option because of EU Data protection. Especially since the US (and most if not all have servers in the US) officially is no longer considered a safe heaven for data (at least not in the EU). I would run the risk of big fines.