For web designers the big contracts are always the most exciting. But regular, monthly income derived from on-going clients can keep the lights on when feast turns to famine.
The most popular CMS by far is WordPress. Most website owners will never use it to its fullest capabilities, yet still pay expensive hosting fees and manage complicated design issues.
Cloud Cannon is a web app which allows designers to lighten the client-side workload. IT promises to take care of all hosting issues, make the website easily editable by the client and best of all – it’s all done through Dropbox. But is it worth the hassle for small design firms and individuals? Let’s see.
Bookkeeping is one of the most important and potentially stressful parts of running any business. It doesn’t matter if you’re a fresh-faced freelancer or a heartless multinational corporation, if your business income and expenditure isn’t properly accounted for then you can end up spending many a sleepless night frantically shuffling through a years worth of receipts and invoices, hoping to somehow balance everything inside a spreadsheet. Worse still, you risk fines and penalties if you don’t properly calculate your taxes.
Even knowing the above, the word “bookkeeping” immediately evokes mundane thoughts of dusty offices and leather-bound ledgers being thumbed through by monocled gentlemen in pinstripe suits. It’s difficult to get excited about taxes and spreadsheets, isn’t it?
Fortunately, bookkeeping doesn’t have to be mundane. After spending some time with FreeAgent, it’s actually — dare I say it — fun!
It’s amazing to me that something as simple as invoicing is so time-consuming. What should take just a couple clicks here and there invariably takes four, five, sometimes six or more just to add a payee or edit working hours. I’ve resorted to creating every invoice of mine in Apple’s Pages app, which allows me to create invoices based off my standard template.
But there’s far more sophisticated software out there for invoicing and expenses that could help me keep track of my work much more easily, and I’m aware of that fact. Recently, I took Nutcache — a free web app for invoices and expenses — out for a spin to see if it would suit my needs. Read on for my detailed thoughts about the services.
Running a business is a delicate balancing act. Not only are the customers and their happiness is important, so is the happiness of your employees. You don’t want to overwork them and bring their morale and quality of work down. An unhappy employee is a surefire way to mess up your brand’s image.
On the other hand, times are tough and you have ensure that you use all your resources – human and otherwise – are put to use optimally for better return on investment. Even squeezing out 10 or 20% more out of your resources ensures better margins for your business.
When you’re designing an interface, usability should always be a top concern. Ensuring your users can have a pleasant, intuitive experience should come secondary only to the actual existence of your content on a page. Achieving such a feat is only guarenteed through testing with real life potential users and that’s where Usability Hub comes in.
UsabilityHub is actually a hub for three different types of user experience testing – the Five Second Test, the Click Test and the Nav Flow test – bringing together valuable data into one, manageable tabulation of useful results. (more…)
Whether you’re building a website, creating a flyer, refining your presentation or just looking to spruce up your project, chances are that you are going to need some great photography. Of course, photographers cost a ton and might be out of your budget, and you might not have the time, equipment, or skills to take the best photos for our own projects.
But there are enough websites out there which offer great images for free. By popular demand, here’s our AppStorm roundup of the very best places to find free and legal stock photos online.
We cover web apps day in, day out. There’s so many great tools on the internet today, it’s hard to imagine living without them. And yet, plenty of people that think web apps are a passing fad, something that filled a gap for native apps that were missing from some platforms but not that essential.
And yet, most of us all rely on web apps even if we don’t think about it. If your site is powered by a CMS like WordPress, you’re relying on a web app. If you use any email service for regular communications, or sync files, or make calls online, you’re relying on web apps. Even if you’re not actively looking for new web apps for your workflow, and don’t rely on tools like IFTTT or online collaboration apps, you’re likely still reliant on web apps. So the question is, could you live without web apps?
For this time, let’s leave Facebook and Twitter out of the equation. Don’t think of social networks, or web apps you use just to pass the time. Instead, think about whether you could actually get your daily work done without any web apps. And yes: Evernote’s native apps, or Dropbox syncing your files, still counts as web apps.
There’s absolutely no way I could live without web apps — after all, AppStorm’s a virtual team and we all work on the web, and my own personal ventures are all on the web. I’d be in quite a mess if every web app I use disappeared tomorrow.
How about you?