Thursday, November 24, 2011

20 Budgeting, Planning, and Management Applications for Freelancers

Productivity is of the essence for freelancers and designers on a team. Here is a list of twenty applications, most geared toward freelancers, to help increase productivity and efficiency. Included in the list are web applications and software for task management, invoicing, billing, budgeting, and more. Got any to add to the list? Feel free to leave a comment!

1. Things

Things is a very highly rated and popular task management Mac application. Within a great interface, you can mange to-do items with several organization features. You can organize items with tags, areas of responsibility, by importance, and more

2. Invoice Machine

Invoice machine is a web application that makes invoicing invoicing easier and simpler. You can easily create and send invoices, and the application also comes with a bill tracker to help you keep track of working time.

3. Excel

Creating spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel is a good way to do budgeting. You can make organized spreadsheets for income and expenses, without having to pay for budgeting applications.

4. Mint

Mint is a very well known web-based budgeting application. You can access your bank information through the app so you can easily plan and observe income or expenses. It has an excellent interface and a number of useful features.

5. FreshBooks

FreshBooks is another top online invoicing and time tracking application. This is also a web application, and it has many features such as easy invoicing, expense management, and time tracking.

6. Address Book/iCal

Leopard OS X’s Address Book, or any other contact management software, will help you to organize and remember clients, or potential clients, contact information. Also, with iCal, you can schedule and plan events/projects.

7. Basecamp

Basecamp is a very high quality and popular project management application. With Basecamp, you can assign tasks to a team, share files, track time, and meet deadlines by planning projects.

8. Evernote

Evernote is a Mac and Windows, as well as iPhone, application that helps you remember and keep track of information. You can do many things, such as creating to-dos, taking notes, capturing websites and screenshots, creating scribbles, and much more.

9. Anxiety

Anxiety does just what it says in it’s name, it helps you relieve some of your stress by allowing you to easily great to-do lists, with many useful customization features.

10. Product Planner

Product Planner is a web application that helps you make flows for web products, so you can plan out products. You can get ideas from other products flows on the site.

11. The Resumator

With The Resumator, you can easily manage and collect resumes when your looking to hire. You can rate the resumes you receive, add job listings to job boards easily, collect resumes through a widget instead of email, and more.

12. freckle

freckle is an extremely powerful and very well designed web application for time tracking. It has a number of features to help you boost productivity and make time tracking easier.

13. Action Method Online

Action Method Online is project management at it’s best. Created by Behance, Action Method Online helps you increase productivity by keeping you organized with your projects and to-dos.

14. Gist

Gist helps you to find out more about your clients. You can organize and discover information about them, and track them on social networking websites.

15. Billings

Billings is a very high quality money management software for freelancers. You can create/send invoices, track payments, manage payments for projects, create billing reports, and more.

16. Money

Money is another great accounting Mac application, with features like budget planning, invoicing, prepare budget reports, and more.

17. On the Job

On The Job is a time and expense tracking software, as well as a powerful invoicing application.

18. Daylite

Daylite is a productivity application from the creators of Billings. Like similar apps, you can easily manage and organize tasks, plan deadlines, schedule events, and streamline your workflow.

19. OmniPlan

This is a project planning application with an in-depth task management system, scheduling feature, time management tools, and more.

20. Onehub

Onehub is another excellent team project management applications. Like the others, you can easily manage projects, collaborate with others, and share files.


  1. collaboration of project was a headache for me. Google tools helped me to solve this problem.

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  3. Nice post. Thank you for sharing this informative information. Using online invoicing application have more advantage compare to real - time invoicing.

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