Rick, thanks for the advice, but all I really need is someone who can explain the process of setting up a database. I’m not a total lost cause when it comes to these things — I managed to scrape through the process of compiling php on my Mac, I have a hosted server and I manage my own website. But I haven’t been able to find any clear instructions dealing with mySQL or even databases in general. I’m sure that to a developer it’s the simplest thing in the world, but this sort of thing is still new to me.
As far as paying someone to do this for me — I’m afraid it’s not an option. I have nothing to invest so I need to get my invoices in order so I can start some sort of a collections system so I can start getting paid. Hence the need for an open source invoice management system in first place.
I realize this is putting the cart before the horse, but that’s the situation I’m in.