Tech Companies that Help Small Business for Free

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

If you’re just getting started in the freelance game it can be a little intimidating. Luckily, you have friends out there with some of the best and brightest tech startups! Not only are they super helpful to freelancers of any level, they often hand out accounts for free. Here are some of our favorites!

1. Trello

TrelloHaving way too much to do as a freelancer is a nice feeling. You know that just around the corner untold riches await.

However, there’s the other side of the coin – how are you supposed to handle all this work? You’re new at this and you’ve gone from having a set schedule to figuring it all out yourself. Plus, everybody wants the work done immediately!

That’s why you need Trello. Rather than just using a zillion Google Calendar notifications, Trello lets you figure out how you’re going to squeeze in all your assignments with project management and to-do lists. Even better, it’s set up like a whiteboard with pinned cards, so instead of staring at some worksheet you have an interactive tool to help you remember assignments. Miss that big office whiteboard at your tiny new kitchen table desk? Trello is for you!

2.Outright

OutrightStarting any business can be confusing, but it can be especially tough for freelancers. Your financial situation is constantly in flux as assignments come in and go out. Some months are better than others, and you need to keep track of all your money is coming from and where it’s going.

Outright is our favorite online bookkeeping option. The regular Outright account is free with an option to upgrade with more features. You simply link your financial accounts (banks, PayPal, etc.) to your Outright account and all your incoming and outgoing money is sorted for you.

Want to know where your money is headed? Want to figure out how much you actually made over the past few months instead of guessing? Outright organizes it all for you so you can get back to your freelance career.

3.Docracy

docracyBesides finances, signing contracts has to be the biggest hassle a freelancer faces. You want to be safe and get one for every assignment but they are such a pain, especially when you need to meet up at a nearby coffee shop or send them through the mail to finalize details.

Cut out all the nonsense by signing up with Docracy, the online legal document/contract website that lets you sign through the web. They even have a freelance bundle available so you don’t have to search through the site to get what you need.

Simply lay out the terms you want, send it to the client, and they can sign it with no fuss. If you’re worried about people changing the terms, you can also see how many times it’s been downloaded and how it’s been edited.There won’t be any surreptitious changes on Docracy’s watch!

4.Dropbox

dropboxFreelancing involves a ton of paperwork digital and otherwise. This is especially true for freelancer writers, artists, and other creatives. Files can pile up and give you a headache if you’re not careful.

Aside from keeping them organized, the last thing you want to do is lose everything in a hard drive crash. Some solve this by emailing everything to themselves, but that just causes email clutter. You can also sign up with a great service like Mozy or Carbonite, but if you’re just starting out, those paid services might not be an option.

Instead, hop onto the cloud with Dropbox, the online storage facility.Not only is the account free, you can earn more storage through simple things like tweeting about it or recommending it to your friends. There is a pay option but if you’re merely uploading small files like paperwork you shouldn’t hit the pay threshold.

 

What’s your favorite FREE small business app or service?

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  1. Kola

    this is fantastic!! Trello sounds like just what i’ve been looking for. off to check it out. thanks for sharing

  2. launchgrowjoy Post author

    Glad you like it, Kola! It’s a great tool.

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