When a person decides to take the leap and start, it is most likely to start on a small scale. It may be that you and a friend decide to partner to put a coffee or a restaurant. Or that you form a collaboration group with other experts in your topic. Or even that you decide to launch yourself as a consultant or independent professional.
In these first moments, it is very important that you take advantage of all the ways to extract juice from your limited resources (human and financial) while presenting a completely professional image to your potential clients. One of the tools that you can get your hands on is technology, in particular the countless number of apps created to simplify life for professionals like you.
There are many types of apps: to organize your agenda, make lists, keep track of your contacts, organize your accounting, send invoices, etc. There are even apps to remind you that you should take some time for yourself and relax. (Remember that if you are not well, your company can not be either).
On this occasion, I’ll talk about three apps that can help you keep track of your finances, your pending and your information.
It is a very easy to use accounting service. To prove it, you can add up to 3 free clients. And if you want more, they have several payment schemes.
With Freshbooks, you can keep track of your expenses (recurring or only) and income, generate non-tax invoices and send them to customers, ask for recommendations from your satisfied customers, generate numerous and useful reports, set up work groups, measure the time you dedicate to each task, and more.
They have a website and apps for iOS and Android. They recently renewed their iPhone and iPad apps to give them a new look and new features.
You may already know this app to create task lists, but it is worth mentioning it for its great utility. Wunderlist allows you to create all kinds of lists in different platforms (iOS, Android, Web, Windows, Kindle), share lists with collaborators, set alerts and notifications, send you actions by mail and, in general, keep track of your pending.
It also connects with some other apps, such as Slack, Google Now and Zapier, to give you more functionality. The basic version is free and the Pro version has an annual or monthly cost.
This is one of the apps that can cover as much as you decide. It can serve as a great file and organizer of all types of information, personal and professional: interesting articles that you find online; notes with ideas for your next project; images of receipts, business cards or other documents; videos, photographs and audio recordings; recipes and recommendations of restaurants, etc.
You can organize your notes in notebooks and use labels to classify notes with common elements, which makes them easier to find and allows you to establish relationships between the information. And it’s available on several platforms, so you can check what you’ve saved wherever you are. The basic version of Evernote is free and there are two paid versions, Plus and Premium.