Harvest is a simple, web-based time tracking and invoicing application. Its interface is designed to be as streamlined as possible while still delivering a great deal of value to the user, and we have found it to be an indispensable tool in our own office. In addition to quickly creating and delivering invoices, it makes it easy to get an overview of where the majority of your time is being spent so that you can reevaluate and reprioritize your days. It’s $12/month for a single user, $49/month for 5, and $99/month for 10 with the option to add an additional user to any plan for an extra $10/month.
It’s a little difficult to understand what’s so great about Basecamp without actually seeing it in action, but it’s essentially an online tool that allows you to organize all of the tasks, discussions, and files for all of your projects in one place. Every person involved has a to-do list, and you can assign tasks to other members as well. You can invite clients to join specific projects while keeping complete control over what they can and cannot see, and it helps immensely in coordinating efforts and staying on-track for the completion of projects. Pricing starts at $20/month, and they offer a 60-day free trial.
Hubspot’s inbound marketing software is designed to help you streamline the process of first attracting leads and then turning those leads into customers. It allows you to blog, create landing pages, analyze data, and more from one integrated platform, and the Hubspot team provides training and support throughout the process. They offer a free 30-day trial, but the basic package starts at $200/month with upgraded Pro and Enterprise packages costing $800/month and $2,400/month, respectively.
If you are in charge of your small business’s finances, Quickbooks just might change your life. There are a number of different versions and options available, and it’s worth looking into to figure out which one best suits your needs.
We’ve mentioned before that the free version of Dropbox is a must-use, and at just $9.99/month for 100 GB of cloud storage space (or $8.25/month–$99 total–if billed annually), its paid counterpart is definitely well worth it if you need the extra capacity. Their paid packages scale up to 500 GB for $49.99/month, and, of course, you can access all of your files from pretty much any device.