When you run your own business, there comes the moment where you have to decide who’s going to do the bookkeeping. There’s no choice about whether or not it needs to be done, only who is going to get it done.

For small shops and many freelancers, the choice they make is often to do it themselves. When keeping costs at a minimum is a necessity, hiring out even an inexpensive bookkeeper or accountant is simply often not an option. The good news is that with the rise in online banking, there are plenty of web-based options for business owners to choose from.

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Thanks to the great community of developers on the web, we’re able to give something away almost every week. Today I’m happy to give you the chance to win a Pro account to the great file management tool, Upload Robots.

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With American Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s a good time to give away some subscriptions to the excellent time tracking and invoicing tool, Harvest.

Thanks again to Danny and the team at Iridesco, and thanks to everyone who entered in the competition.

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It’s been a while since Gmail came on the scene and changed web based email. And although the product still resembles the original in many ways, there have been a lot of improvements over the years.

Some of these improvements have made their way to the default client (Tasks for one), but many others still reside under the protection of the Labs moniker. But even though users are told that they use the Labs features at their own risk, many of these have been used by millions and have every appearance of stability.

Here’s a list of the Labs features that can help you make the most of one of the best email clients ever created.
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Recent trends in design have led to many successful applications that focus on one thing, and one thing only. This is a promising trend as many of these applications have been able to succeed when focused in this way.

Due in part to this focus, one genre of application that has really blossomed is that of file sharing. Specifically, Dropbox has won the hearts of people all over the world. But the solid design has been implemented in other apps in this space.

Today I’d like to look at one in particular: Upload Robots.

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Everyone is familiar with Wikipedia, a wiki that is collectively created and curated. Well, wikis of various size, color and shape have been around for the past five years or so. There are desktop based wikis (such as VoodooPad for OS X), self hosted wikis and web application wikis.

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The last two weeks have been a frenzy of hectic activity at the Bowler household. When a family of six (two adults, three children and one dog) change residences, chaos will ensue. You do your best to make it an organized chaos, but it’s chaos nonetheless.

And although I count myself blessed to work from myself from home, there were many moments in the past two weeks where I sat down at the computer, blankly looked at the screen and thought, “Where do I even start?” Lucky for me, I had been planning to take a look at focus booster and see what it was about.

Thankfully, it turned out to be quite an aid.

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Okay, that title is just a play on words. But it is the harvest season as we in the northern hemisphere say hello to Autumn. So what a perfect time to give away some licenses to the great business solution Harvest (which we recently reviewed).

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If you still haven’t received an invitation to Google Wave or you simply don’t have anyone besides robots to talk to, not to fear — there are other great options for the kinds of tasks Wave is good for.

One of the best I’ve come across is titled EtherPad. It’s simple tool, but it does a great job of what it was intended to do. Rather than an attempt to change the way we communicate entirely, its purpose is to make collaboration of certain types easy and efficient.

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As the popularity of Twitter has soared over the past two years, so has the number of Twitter clients. It can be slightly intimidating for a new Twitter user to choose the right client as they can have different strengths and weaknesses.

Today I want to take a in-depth look at one of the more popular apps out there — TweetDeck.
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