by Melissa Stewart
“The easiest way to schedule clients, send invoices & get paid. Run your business over text, sync your calendar, take appointment requests online, and accept credit card payments.”
PocketSuite is free to download that lets self-employed professionals manage nearly every aspect of their business. In minutes you can schedule appointments, accept credit card payments and even charge a cancellation fee when a client cancels with less than 24-hours notice. The app allows you to send quotes, book appointments, automatically remind clients of their commitments via SMS messages, synchronize with your calendar and even integrates with your website and Facebook page. Plus, it’s all secure!
“The fast, easy way to turn receipts into an organized, IRS-accepted archive online.”
I have a confession. I’m not the most organized person. Trying to keep track of paper receipts is just annoying. Shoeboxed makes it easy to keep track of your receipts because admit it, you’re not going to tackle all those receipts piling up until tax time. So mail them to Shoeboxed. The service will scan, organize, and archive your receipts in a searchable database. Better yet, download the mobile app and you can capture receipts on the fly as well as track your mileage from your iOS or Android device. Plus, you can even connect it to your Gmail account so receipts you receive via email are automatically imported. Best of all, your Shoeboxed receipts are accepted by the IRS thanks to the Shoeboxed’s verification system.
“1Password creates strong, unique passwords for every site, remembers them all for you, and logs you in with a single tap.”
1Password makes managing multiple passwords easy and secure (because coffee can only boost your brain power so much). Up your security dramatically with a password generator that keeps everything stored for you. 1Password is user-friendly and syncs across your browser and mobile devices. All you have to do is remember one strong password to keep your password vault safe and secure. Once you login to your vault, you have access to all of your logins.
“Create, sign and send legally binding agreements in seconds.”
It’s inevitable. At some point you will run into a conflict with a client over payment, ownership of work, or some other legal issue. Contracts are the easiest way to avoid conflicts like these, but hiring an attorney can be expensive.
Shake is a web and mobile app that creates simple, legally binding agreements in seconds. It’s a handy way to create quick contracts for freelance jobs, but you can also use it to create many other things, including non-disclosure agreements, leases, loans, and sales.