I use Freshbooks for all my time Tracking and Invoicing needs. It’s free, easy to use, web based, flexible and customizable. Freshbooks describes it’s services as “The fastest way to track your time and invoice your clients. Send, track and collect payments quickly. Great for teams, freelancers and service providers. Streamline your business through recurring invoices. Set up auto-billing to automatically charge your client’s credit card.” To access the web application and sign up for a free account go to: http://www.freshbooks.com/?ref=6eff94cb68674-1
Web Based Software
With PDF-to-Word conversion technology, you can quickly and easily create editable DOC/RTF files, making it a cinch to re-use PDF content in applications like Microsoft Word, Excel, OpenOffice, and WordPerfect. Best of all, it’s entirely free! Click here to access the web based application: http://www.pdftoword.com/
With Google’s approach to email the sky is the limit. Gmail includes excellent spam protection, phishing warnings and virus scanning; ultimate organization, conversation view, POP3 access and 8 GB of inbox storage that continues to grow every day. Additionally with Gmail you can chat, post documents and spreadsheets online, customize your homepage, get mobile access, check your RSS feeds, be notified every time you receive a new message and your account never expires.
Gmail provides some of the best email organization on the Internet. Their pride and joy feature is the “conversation” interface. Instead of having a list of back and forth emails between you and a friend or co–worker all replies and sent messages are filtered into one line of inbox with a corresponding number of messages in that conversation. Gmail’s security includes spam, virus and phishing protection. All spam is filtered into a spam folder that allows you to separate the good from the bad, all incoming and outgoing messages are scanned for known viruses, and suspicious messages that look like phishing scams are flagged with a big red banner across the top of the message. Additionally, you can report both spam and phishing attempts to Google. To sign up for a free account go to http://www.gmail.com
Google Voice is a web based application that you gives you a local phone number of your choice, or you can port your existing number to it, which can call up to six phones simultaneously. When a person calls the Google Voice number, the user’s home, work, and mobile phones all can ring simultaneously. The user can set up the service so specific phones ring for different callers or groups of callers, or so some callers go straight to voice mail. Google transcribes voice mails after they’re left, too, e-mailing it to the Google Voice user or letting them read and listen to the message through a Gmail-like interface. You can send and receive text messages directly from the Google Voice website. On the whole, it is a nice service of which everyone will want to have an account (just like Gmail), especially since it is free. Google Voice also has Android and BlackBerry based applications, iPhone users can now use Google Voice through Google’s iPhone web based portal. In order to get a Google Voice number, you need to request an invitation. Go to the Google Voice invitation page and submit your email address. Some time later, you will receive an email requesting you to register.
Remember the Milk allows users to create multiple task lists. Added tasks can be edited to include (or not) various fields. Locations can be added, and an integrated Google Maps feature allows users to save commonly used locations. Tasks can also be organized by tags. Tasks can be postponed and Remember the Milk will inform users of the number of times that that task has been postponed. Remember the Milk also has iPhone, Android and BlackBerry based apps that sync directly with your online account. You can access it here http://www.rememberthemilk.com
Mint.com is a free web based application that has been named the best online personal finance tool by Money Magazine, PC Magazine, and is PC World’s Editor’s Choice. Read the reviews or the full list of awards. In five minutes or less, you’ll see where you’re spending your money, understand how your investments are performing, and set up realistic budgets. Set up email and SMS alerts and you’ll be automatically updated whenever there’s an important change in your finances. Only Mint.com finds you personalized ways to save money, using patent-pending software which analyzes your current spending. The typical Mint.com user finds $1,000 in savings in their first visit.
Timetonote is a free web based software collaboration tool that helps you and your team keep track of all interactions with customers, leads, or anyone important to your business. It helps you keep track of your contacts information and of what needs to be done next about them. With Timetonote, you know who you’ve talked to, what you talked about, and what you need to do next.
When you use Timetonote, all your contacts, all your communication history and all tasks are shared with your co-workers. Next time you need to contact a customer you can find out who else talked with that customer, what was said, and what was done.
You’ll also want to set a task for the next week presentation about this person. Only, it’s not you who will present your product, but your colleague Cristina, so you set her as responsible for this task.
Timetonote is great for sales people who want a mechanism for tracking customer information, real estate agents who want to keep track of their buyers and sellers information, journalists who want to keep track of people and companies they’ve covered, and many more.
You can use Timetonote to…
- Keep all important interactions(conversations, emails, calls, etc) with a customer on one page
- Log notes from a call with a potential customer
- Review all communication with your share holders
- Review your colleague’s notes about a customer before calling
- Enter contact info for a potential customer
- See all the people your company knows at CNN
- Build a list of all your company’s suppliers
- Effortlessly find a contact you need to call by his or her name
- See a list of your tasks for this week
- Set a follow-up sales call for tomorrow at 3pm
- Set a task for someone in your technical department to contact your customer
Why not give this free software alternative a try? Go to www.timetonote.com