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As a freelancer and small business owner (you’d probably be surprised at how often those two coincide), I’ve spent some time looking for ways to track how much I’m working and what I do with my days. For me, this has a couple purposes. If my hours are billable (they’re usually project-based, but once in a while I bill by the hour), I can keep track of how much money I’m owed. The second purpose is simple time management — it’s a lot easier to keep on task and on track if you know where your time is going.

I’ve recommended a couple different apps for the latter — my favourite is still iDoneThis — but I haven’t had a chance yet to talk about the former. With Ding, I’ve finally found an app that really hits the spot for tracking billable hours. Let’s talk about what makes Ding worthwhile for freelancers and why you might be interested in adopting it for your own small business.

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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!

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Continuing from where we left off with my lists of tiny, free and useful apps for designers and developers, we’ve put together a list of 10 simple yet terribly useful apps for freelancers.

If you are a freelancer, you already know the pains of wearing a bunch of hats all at the same time. Unlike with teams and bigger organizations, there aren’t people assigned to take care of certain tasks while others focus on what they do best. Nope, you’re alone and most probably taking care of everything from your finances and communication to day-to-day project work all by yourself.

What follows is a list of apps that can ease that pressure a bit — they’ll take care of some of those menial tasks while you spend your valuable time and energies on keeping your clients happy.

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Tracking the time you spend working is something many of us need to do, whether we like it or not. For people like freelancers, tracking time is an essential part of the job in order to aptly bill your client later on. And in all different industries, time sheets are used to clock in and out of a job (and if you’ve ever watched The Simpsons, you’ll know how this can be exploited!).

TSheets is essentially a virtual timesheet, allowing you to track your time on the web, whatever the context. If you’re in a position to do so, you can also manage the time of your employees and produce reports that directly integrated into services like QuickBooks and FreshBooks. (more…)

When you take on a new design project or client, one of the important deadlines will be a day to share the mockups for the project with the client. This has always been a pain, involving countless emails, compatibility problems, miscommunications and more. MockVault realized this issue and decided to provide a solution. Mockvault allows designers to upload designs easily with a lot of control from the backend. These designs are sent to the client(s) via a permalink, and the clients have access to the front-end where they can discuss the designs.

This could potentially be a wonderful solution to the great email exchange. Read on to see it in action!

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Once It’s Gone, It’s Gone…

We’ve seen a fantastic response to the Freelance Mac App Bundle over the past week, and thousands of our readers have taken advantage of the awesome deal we put together. If you haven’t picked up your copy already, there isn’t long left! In 24 hours time, the doors will close and we’ll stop accepting any more orders.

Just as a quick reminder, for the next 24 hours, you can get your hands on all the following for the rock-bottom price of $49:

The Apps

We’re featuring eight awesome applications that can make your life easier, and more enjoyable, as a freelancer. These are:

  • Billings – Powerful time billing and invoicing for anyone (Usually $39.99)
  • TextExpander – Save time and keystrokes with frequently used “snippet” abbreviations (Usually $34.95)
  • WriteRoom – The best distraction-free writing environment (Usually $24.99)
  • Radium – The easiest way to listen to internet radio on Mac (Usually $24.99)
  • Arq – Online backup built especially for the Mac (Usually $29)
  • LittleSnapper – Build up your own versatile design scrapbook (Usually $29)
  • 1Password – Have you ever forgotten a password? Never again (Usually $39.99)
  • Alarms – Prioritise and track your daily tasks (Usually $16.80)

Marketplace Resources

In addition to the above apps, we’re also throwing in a few fantastic Envato marketplace items:

And a Free eBook!

Even if the bundle isn’t for you, anyone can grab a free copy of Smashing Magazine’s Successful Freelancing eBook, worth $9.95, just for sending out a tweet about the bundle! Head over to the bundle page to find out more, and grab your free eBook.

Don’t Miss Out! Grab the Bundle Today

This awesome offer will only be available for 24 hours, and we’d hate for you to miss out. After the timer hits zero, you’ll never see another offer of this magnitude again – don’t be kicking yourself when you realise the bundle is no longer available tomorrow!

Would you like to streamline invoicing and billing in your company? Many invoicing webapps are designed for individuals and freelancers and work best for one-off invoicing. Today we’re going to look at a webapp to help manage billing for larger ventures with regular billing and multiple products and services.

Invoicera is a full featured invoicing webapp that includes a ton of features to help you manage invoicing and billing better. With support for multiple currencies, payment gateways, additional staff, saved products and services and more, you’ll have all the tools you need to invoice your clients and get paid. Let’s dig in and see what it has to offer.

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Some time ago we took a look at Carbonmade, a fantastic portfolio app. It’s been a year since then and Carbonmade has made several great improvements in that time. We’ll take a look at some of Carbonmade’s major milestones and how you can take advantage of this app to show off your work.

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When you’re working in the wonderful world of freelance or do the majority of your business online, it’s safe to say that you’re going to have to send a lot of invoices. However, with the increasing rise in web apps, you can bet that there of plenty invoicing apps to choose one. Only problem is finding the right one that fits all of your needs.

Ronin is a promising contender in this field and the web app offers an array of features to make the lives of yourself and your clients that extra bit easier. Find out more after the fold.

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Last week we took a look at some of the great improvements Blinksale has made to their already great invoicing app. This week, thanks to the generosity of the Blinksale team, we’re able to bring you a Blinksale giveaway.

Read on for more information and how to enter the giveaway.

Updated: Congrats to NickF, Francisco and Michael, our three lucky Blinksale giveaway winners. And a big thanks to Blinksale for making this great giveaway possible.

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