Essential Web-Based Apps For Any Consultant

Posted by on Mar 24, 2008 in Business, Technology | 5 Comments

As a freelance marketing/technology consultant I often get the opportunity to work on fun and interesting projects. That is the glamorous part of the job. But I also have to manage aspects of my job that other people used to handle. Stuff like client relations, new business development, billing, and administrative stuff. Not so much fun.

Luckily there is no shortage of web-based applications to help deal with these painful processes. The following are six applications that are essential to my business:

1. Basecamp: Project management
2. ConceptShare: Design collaboration
3. FreshBooks: Invoicing and expense tracking
4. Campaign Monitor: Powerful electronic newsletters application
5. WordPress: Blogging and content management system
6. Zoho Meeting: Web conferencing

Obviously there are many others out there, but I’ve found these suit my needs perfectly.

5 Comments

  1. Mark Phillips
    03/24/2008

    If you need to send project summaries or project wrap-ups to clients from Basecamp, check out http://www.exportreports.com.

    Its a new service, currently in beta which allows you to export reports from Basecamp to PDF(with beta pricing starting at $0.99 per report).

    If you have any suggestions, let us know! Hope you find it useful.

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  2. Henry Cook
    03/25/2008

    I would advise you to use Wrike for managing your marketing projects.
    http://www.wrike.com/marketing-project-management-software.jsp
    This is KILLER APP!

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  3. Zlatica
    03/25/2008

    Hello there,

    You can also try ProjectOffice.net – online project management application that provides: managing projects and tasks, time management, issue tracking system and increased team collaboration through wikis.

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  4. Web Conferencing Consultant
    03/26/2008

    We use a mix of the services you mentioned above. Basecamp, freshbooks and wordpress are always a good name to have in your company docket… Depending on the size of your organisation I think good ol Google Apps is still effective.
    Regards,

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  5. John
    03/27/2008

    Another essential app to consider is Intervals. It is more comprehensive than what’s in your list, but could help narrow down the number of apps you use.
    http://www.myintervals.com/

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