Getting paid is essential. Making the process of getting paid simply is critical. Being able to track your payments, allow clients to pay online, maintain projects and record time sheets is spectacular. Many applications do this, but few have all the options in one place – FreshBooks does.
There are a lot of project management applications. The problem is most of them require a monthly free, and you can’t modify the code. The end of that monthly free will no doubt rise from free, open-source project-management, features-galore (eh, maybe I’m getting carried away?) project management apps, and Collabtive has a great start.
It’s almost second nature for a Freelancers to juggle multiple projects, multiple clients, and numerous other responsibilities (What ever happened to watering that plant?). Simple Post-it notes seem to do the trick. But seeing as how our life revolves around our work, and we work online, wouldn’t it make sense to have an online to-do list? Think ToodleDo.
When dealing with clients, whether you freelance or not, it is important to maintain a constant line of communication. Details the client wants may get lost in translation or simply forgotten. You used to have to pay top dollar for the ability to share files, send emails, assign tasks, and payment integration. Not anymore.
As a small time web developer or designer we don’t need a full scale BasePackRise (Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack) to store our modest list of contacts. A simple rolodex would do along with a notepad for jotting down specifics about a contact or upcoming meeting. Now you can have both, the rolodex and the notepad, in a online in this simple web application named Simple Customer.
There are dozens and dozens of free invoicing applications out there. A few are great (offer a lot of neat design features, send as PDF, pat you on the back and say “Good job!”, etc.) but even less go above and beyond your typical invoice creator. Say hello to the horribly named Curdbee!