I recently came across this amazing list of 90 useful freelance resources at http://www.underworldmagazines.com/90-useful-freelance-tools/ and it struck me that many of these tools would be great for any small business backoffice. I picked a few and have showcased them below:
Time Tracking Tools
getharvest.com – Harvest is a service of Iridesco, a New York City-based web software company with big ideas. Founded in 2003 by designers Danny Wen and Shawn Liu, Iridesco has its roots as a creative agency. In 2006, the company evolved from its consulting model into a software service provider with Harvest as its flagship offering.
14dayz.com – We are drivers in the movement for better software. Too many features make software complex and tedious to use, install or maintain.
lesstimespent.com – As a freelancer your time is how you make money. You must be dilligent in tracking and billing for this hours. Minor lapses in time tracking will cost you thousands at the end of the year. Not only track your time but record what you accomplished during those times.
Invoicing Tools: Make invoice to send to your clients
Simplybill.com – Simplybill brings simple invoice management to all. Instead of wrestling with overly complex accounting software or trying to mash-up a spreadsheet into some sort of design, begin sending attractive invoices in minutes.
blinksale.com – Blinksale is perfect for anyone who needs to invoice clients for services or products sold. Blinksale is an excellent choice for attorneys, accountants, designers, IT professionals, software developers, journalists, contractors, engineers, architects, videographers, and more. Basically, if you need to send invoices, Blinksale can work for you
quickbooks.intuit.com – Instant invoices and expense tracking—get organized
freshbooks.com – Send, track and collect payments quickly. Great for teams, freelancers and service providers.
lessaccounting.com – Less Everything, Inc is based out of Jacksonville, Florida. The company has been a successful web firm for several years and began pursuing Ruby on Rails product development in 2007. In the beginning, we struggled with accounting, because accounting is scary, accounting is boring and quite simply, no one likes accounting.
Project Management Tools: Keep Your Projects On Time.
rememberthemilk.com – Managing tasks is generally not a fun way to spend your time. We created Remember The Milk so that you no longer have to write your to-do lists on sticky notes, whiteboards, random scraps of paper, or the back of your hand. Remember The Milk makes managing tasks an enjoyable experience.
activecollab.com - activeCollab is a project management & collaboration tool that you can set up on your own server or local network. Work with your team, clients and contractors in an easy to use environment, while keeping full control over your data. Now improved with Invoice and Source Modules.
Projects.zoho.com – Looking for Tasks and Milestones? We do that too. But above all, Zoho Projects is about helping teams get their projects done.
5pmweb.com – 5pm can be your central location for project and task management, team collaboration, time tracking, reporting and more
planzone.com – As Information Workers, we all spend a great deal of time working with others on projects of one kind or another. We all have experienced the frustration of trying to collaborate with team members and manage our own task lists, email messages, files and schedules with basic desktop tools. It’s not working. Because we are experienced project management specialists at Planzone, we know that a successful project requires a good project management tool. And, a good project management tool is one that helps you spend less timemanaging information and more time acting on it. It’s that simple.
comindwork.com – Assign tasks, share files, discuss ideas, involve clients. Zero-investment and flexible pay-as-you-go pricing. Secure and reliable SaaS platform. Fully customizable.
worketc.com – We combine CRM, Projects, Billing, Documents, Time sheets and more with a powerful automation engine to help take your small business to the next level. The only complete small business management software solution.
proworkflow.com - ProWorkflow helps your company manage projects, tasks, time tracking, staff and contacts at anytime from anywhere. All you need is a web browser or iPhone!
Other Business Tools
campaignmonitor.com – Campaign Monitor is a small software company right near the beach in southern Sydney. We build email marketing software for designers and their clients and are lucky enough to have lots of passionate customers.
feelbreeze.com – Breeze is another sophisticated yet simple web product from Element Fusion. Since 1999, we’ve grown our company with a reputation for rising above the competition.
Google Apps - google.com/apps
Google Wave - wave.google.com
gotomeeting.com - Citrix Online is a fast-growing division of Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS), based in Santa Barbara, California, with satellite offices and data centers around the world. Every month, more than 17,000 new customers start using Citrix Online’s services to work from anywhere with anyone – using our remote-connectivity tools to save time, get more done and connect to others around the world.
wufoo.com – Wufoo strives to be the easiest way to collect information over the Internet.
paypal.com – PayPal is the faster, safer way to pay and get paid online. The service allows members to send money without sharing financial information, with the flexibility to pay using their account balances, bank accounts, credit cards or promotional financing.
That should get you started. If you want to see the larger, more comprehensive list, check out the Underworld Magazines article.