In the world of self-employment, getting stuff done in an easy and efficient way can sometimes be…well, difficult. Self-employed workers also know the value of the dollar and are willing to do anything they can to increase their marketing and sales in an effective yet affordable way, as well as saving time. With simple tools such as Skype, Google Voice, and others, you can save money while building your professional network and portfolio.
Tools for Success
Freshbooks.com (Free trial for 30 days)
Freshbooks is an online accounting, billing, and invoicing software that will help you keep track of billable hours and invoices. If you want to offer customers an easy way to settle up electronically, Freshbooks is at your service and will make you look like a pro.
To learn more about Freshbooks, go to the website: http://www.freshbooks.com/manifesto.php
Outright.com (Starts at Free)
Outright is another accounting software that helps organize your business finances. Being up all night managing complicated tax forms and quarterly payments will quickly vanish when you use Outright.com. This online service does the math for you, lets you know what to pay when it needs to be paid, and even helps you create and maintain solid records.
To learn more about Outright, go to website: www.outright.com/
Google Voice (Free)
Whether you use your house phone or cell phone, giving out your personal number and contact information to prospective clients and customers can be dangerous, or even just annoying. Google’s free service allows you to give out just one phone number and manage telecommunications as you wish. Google will allow you to create a contact number that all clients will see, and when they call the number it will pop us as a Google Voice number. This helps you know if the number calling you is a business call or a personal call.
To learn more about Google Voice, go to website: www.google.com/voice
Producteev.com (Starts at Free)
Producteev is a task management tool that helps keep you organized and on the ball. This online software will help keep you organized with labels, deadlines, reminders, sub-tasks, notes, files, and E-Mail and IM integration.
To learn more about Producteev, go to website: http://www.producteev.com/
Moo.com (Starts at $22)
To learn more about Moo.com, go to website: http://us.moo.com/
MailChimp.com (Starts at Free)
To learn more about MailChimp, go to website: http://mailchimp.com/
Skype.com (Starts at Free)
Although plain skyping is 100% free, a small upgrade for a small price goes a long way. An upgrade will get you a completely virtual telephone number and is only $18 for 3 months. This will allow you to use your computer to receive calls from any phone. If you make a lot of calls, get unlimited calling in the U.S. and Canada for just $3 a month. If your computer has a built-on webcam, or if you buy one, you can also conduct video conferences.
To learn more about Skype, go to website: http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/home
And of course..
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To learn more about Centennial Arts, go to website: http://centennialarts.com/