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5 Affordable Apps for Freelancers

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Feb 13th, 2015
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    1Invoice by Wave "takes the pain out of getting paid." 2Shake creates legal docs both parties to sign, on iOS. 3Shoeboxed organizes smartphone pics of receipts.
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The world of freelance work has its perks, but along with the advantages of being in business for yourself, there are those dreaded administrative tasks. In her article on PCWorld, Liane Cassavoy suggests several excellent free or low cost apps that make life easier for the self employed.

Invoice by Wave

Invoice by Wave is the iOS app for Wave Accounting, but it can also be used on its own.

Although Cassavoy found some issues with the app, such as occasional slowness and an annoying crash or two, her overall experience was positive—she says Wave is simple to use and “lets you create, send, and track your invoices from your phone. It also lets you accept payment via credit card.”

Cost? Free.


Timely can track the hours you work and it “integrates with your existing calendar, so your meetings and appointments can be tracked automatically.”

Cassavoy praises this mobile app for its attractive design features—such as a color- coding which allows users to color code projects, making them easier to track.

Cost? Free with inexpensive upgrades.


Tracking time can be a headache for contractors, but Cassavoy says Toggl can solve your problems “with the click of a button.” She finds this app easy to use and a great way to “create projects and organize them with tags.”

Cost? Free with an inexpensive upgrade.


Cassavoy praises Shake as the go-to app for legal questions. Freelancers used to be in a quandary when seeking legal advice—with expensive lawyers not an option, where could they turn for questions regarding contracts, legal agreements, and more?

Shake is also a perfect tool for creating professional looking “legally binding agreements quickly and easily by answering a few simple questions.”

Cost? Free.


Imagine an app that allows you to take smartphone pictures of receipts and then organizes your files. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what Shoeboxed has to offer—it tracks mileage, stores photos in your documents library, and much more.

Shoeboxed even allows you to send in paper receipts and they will do the sorting.

Cost? $9.95 per month for the Lite version

Cassavoy’s message to freelancers is that you don’t have to do it all alone—there are great apps to help you manage your business more smoothly at your fingertips.

To read the original article in its entirety, please visit PC World.

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