Managing money can be as difficult as earning it. Proverbs like “A dollar save is a dollar earned” are awfully nice to read and quote but can be tough to put into practice. Starting to track the money you spend is one of the simplest first steps one can take. Once you see how much is going where, you will automatically scramble to cut down wasteful expenses.
Since our generation is known for its acute ADD, noting down every expense on a notebook or an iPhone app won’t last more than a couple of days. In the aftermath of the personal finance revolution spearheaded by Mint, there are a ton of online apps to help you pinch personal & business pennies and after the jump we’ve a compiled a few for your financial well being.
Collusion is a new add-on for Firefox which is designed to show you how sites are recording information about you whilst you browse the web. It also reveals who is forwarding information about you to other websites. Though this information is not specifically identified, it does show a spider-graph of all the websites who are aware of your browsing. Including the ones you never even visited!
Do you ever feel like you’re being followed, or watched? That tingling at the top of your spine, those sounds that you only half-heard but know were there, that whiplash that you get when you try to catch your stalker in the act; those are all natural feelings that we get all the time. Sometimes it’s nothing; a person happens to be walking in the same direction as you, or an alley cat is busy stalking through dumpsters for a half-eaten meal.
Other times someone is actually following you. Whatever their intent is, you go into survival mode, adrenaline pumping through your veins, heart beating in your ears. This is how you should feel when you browse the web.
Knowing how many people are viewing your site can either be a fun distraction or the difference between making an appropriate amount of money from all your work and going broke. There are plenty of solutions available, some commercial and some free or integrated with another service.
To freelancers, time tracking is probably the most important aspect of any project. It helps you keep track of exactly how much time you are spending on a particular project, how productive you are and, most importantly, how much you are owed when it comes to payday at the end of the month! There are many different time tracking solutions available for all platforms, however it seems that in this day and age of the Internet, an online-based solution is often more appropriate.
Why? For one, they are often cheaper than PC or Mac-based software and they have the advantage of being able to be accessed from anywhere, not just from your own computer. There is a wealth of online time tracking applications available. Today, let’s have a look at Paymo, which we just recently featured in a giveaway.
Paymo has a considerable advantage over other time tracking clients in that it is free (if you sign up to the basic account) and that there is a range of goodies that can be added onto it, assisting you even further. Let’s have a look at it in a bit more detail.
When I was in college (4 years ago, for those of us keeping count), I had the pleasure of being the Student Government’s first ever Director of Technology, cementing myself as the school’s top geek (at least top social geek). We’d have bi-weekly meetings to discuss pending bills, campus updates, and more. After each meeting, the secretary would type up her hand written minutes, email them to everyone on Student Government, and have me upload a copy to the website. While it was a cumbersome process, I didn’t really explore a better way to do things. After using minutes.io, I now know there is a now considerably better way to take meeting notes.
minutes.io is a very simple (and beautifully designed) way to to keep meeting notes. It doesn’t require a login and its got a lot of great features packed into such a focused app. Let’s take a closer look.
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If you haven’t heard of AppSumo yet, you need to check them out. As stated on their site, “AppSumo partners with people who make the coolest apps out there to offer you exclusive price deals on their products. Mom would approve.” Mom would approve and we do too.
Today AppSumo is offering you lucky AppStorm readers not just a great deal but 10 free Freckle subscriptions. Fear not, this is not a subscription to increase your skin freckle count but rather for the fantastic web app that helps you manage your time and so much more. We recently published a review of Freckle — the app is ever improving and well worth checking out.
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In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting cronsync. The developer describes cronsync as a web based, transparent, inexpensive and easy to use time tracking solution. It simplifies and professionalizes billing and invoicing processes and shows you at a glance how profitable clients and projects are. It offers a very effective user and rights management for internal and external staff. And it allows flexible settings of internal and external hourly rates on client level.
Read on for more information and screenshots!
Envato’s community and member base is made up of a diverse bunch of people: writers, designers, developers, video makers, editors, etc. The majority of us have projects which entail many jobs, normally organized by some sort of to-do list or checklist
Launchlist is a solution aimed at website designers and developers who have predetermined goals in a project. In Launchlist, you can create a project and set a list of tasks which can be checked off as time goes on. These tasks are mainly oriented around pre-launch (as the name suggests) website testing, although the app can be adapted to most needs.
The cloud is awesome; it’s convenient, flexible and extremely scalable. There aren’t a lot of arguments that go against using a cloud based app, except for concerns regarding security and cost. However hard one tries to argue against these Notions, we will have to agree that to a significant extent these two concerns are true. It’s Not always a comfortable decision to let someone else hold on to your business data.
The second concern regarding overall cost is true (at least as of today). Over a couple of years, the subscription charges of SaaS apps can add up to a whole lot in comparison to standard enterprise apps. The best work around is to adopt the private cloud (ie. self-host apps in your own servers, behind your own corporate firewall). We’ve compiled a list of 40 apps to help you do just that.