Thanks to everyone who took part in the Business Productivity Bundle Giveaway, and special thanks to the kind people at Marketcircle! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:
Well done, and happy new year, to the lucky winners – we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!
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It might be a mouthful, but the AppStorm Business Productivity Bundle Giveaway is here! It’s holiday season, and AppStorm has got you a real treat…
We have 5 bundles to giveaway, each including a license to Daylite and Billings Pro – it’s the perfect combination for getting your business organised and making money!
Read on to find out more about these two awesome apps, and how to get a chance to grabbing both of them for yourself.
Here at Envato we’re pretty famous for building a lot of successful blogs, like this one! We’ve done quite a few now, so last year I decided other people might find our techniques and systems useful. Today I’m really happy to announce my new book How to Build a Successful Blog Business which is a step by step guide to doing what we do, and it comes packed with case studies for our blogs including Mac.AppStorm! (more…)
Whether you’re a designer, developer, writer – whatever you do – freelancing is becoming an evermore popular choice of working style. Because you don’t necessarily have a team of people working alongside you, great software becomes incredibly important to help you get the job done.
You’ll need applications to help you manage your time, brainstorm new ideas, invoice clients and track finances. The very nature of freelancing means that you encounter a wide range of different challenges and situations every day – these 25 applications are the ones I swear by to help get the job done.
Dear freelancer, listen up – this is important: You need to track your time and expenses. Nowhere is the axiom “time is money” more obviously true than in the life of a freelancer. If you don’t pay enough attention, you will find money dribbling away – in unbilled hours you spend on projects, and in the extras that you could be claiming (travel and other expenses). That’s where time-tracking software becomes useful.
I freelanced for a very long time before I ever used such an application, and my experience is that having one makes life a whole lot easier: I know where I’m spending my time; I’ve calculated hourly rates that work for me, so I know which projects are worth continuing with, and which I should set aside; and I’m easily able to generate good looking, professional invoices.
There are many different applications available for Mac users, as well as some great online options. I tried a few, before settling on Marketcircle’s Billings 3, which has been my time tracking app of choice for most of the past two years. Stunt Software released On The Job 3.0 a little over a year ago, and although it’s been mentioned a few times on Mac.AppStorm, we’ve never given it a proper review. So, with no further ado, join me after the jump, and I’ll tell you why I’m switching.
We have three Daylite “bundles” on offer, each including the Daylite desktop client and a 1-year license for the iPhone application. Entering is simple. All you need to do is:
- Post a link to this competition – either on your website, or via Twitter
- Leave a comment, letting me know where you posted the link!
The competition will run for one week, and we’ll announce the winners on the Thursday 8th October.
The 15% Offer
We’re also pleased to let you know that if you’d rather purchase a license outright, you can benefit from 15% off for 30 days (starting from the day we announce the winners). Simply use the code appstorm when making your purchase!
Running a freelance business requires you to be an expert at everything – from communicating with clients to meticulously tracking your time and expenses. Doing all this manually can be dramatically time consuming, and it’s easy to make mistakes – nobody is perfect. Fortunately there are a range of Mac applications which can lend a hand and assist in the day to day running and organizing of your business.
This overview will focus on two key areas:
- Invoicing, Accounting & Time Tracking – Tools to ensure that you’re on top of finances and invoicing, whilst devoting most of your time to work you enjoy
- Organization & Utilities – Applications for managing thoughts, research and speeding up the day-to-day use of your Mac