9 up-and-coming cloud apps for one-person shops

9 up-and-coming cloud apps for one-person shops

Summary: What are other small-business owners and entrepreneurs using to take care of annoying administrative task you have to handle yourself? Here are some cool cloud services sole proprietors are talking about.


I am a reasonably organized person, but there are days where I could use not one but two personal assistants to keep my head straight. So, I perused a "list" infographic that I received this week -- called the 25 most popular freelance tools -- with some degree of self-interest.

There is one really important high-level thing to say about this list, which was compiled from a survey of freelancers, consultants and sole proprietors conducted by small-business resource BestVendor: every single one of them is a cloud service or application, not some piece of desktop software.

I was intrigued most by the applications that were on the fringe in the survey, the ones that more people are starting to talk about but that didn't garner the same votes as something like Dropbox or Google Calendar or Evernote. That's what I'll concentrate on first. (The entire infographic is at the bottom of this post.)

16bugs - Specifically for developers and other technical projects, this is a service for bug tracking. It is priced starting at $8 per month for tracking one project and goes on up from there.

Adroll - A platform for personalizing online display advertising. The CPM (cost of impressions) is between $1.00 and $2.50.

Capsule CRM - A simple system for tracking bids, deals and opportunities that starts at $12 per month for up to 50,000 contacts.

Expensify - This company has to have one of the best taglines ever: "Expense reports that don't suck." And yes, you guessed it, it helps scan receipts and create expense reports that can be imported into Intuit Quickbooks. There is a free mobile application. It is free for individual users and $5 per month per user if you want to add other people.

FreeAgent - An online accounting service that includes estimating functions, invoicing, project management and contact databases. It is priced at $24 per month.

Harvest - Online time tracking and invoicing software, priced starting at $40 per month for up to five years (only $12 per month if it is just you). Like many of the other services, it integrates with Google Apps and includes Android and Apple iOS mobile apps.

Jing - A free application for capturing and sharing images or videos on services including Flickr, Twitter and Facebook.

Outright - This is the small-business financial management system that was acquired by GoDaddy last month (and that I wrote about mere days ago).

Remember the Milk - This is exactly what you expect it to be, an online task-management and to-do list application. This software was suggested to me randomly and anecdotally last week as something that I should use. The free service expects with all manner of mobile platforms (including Android and Apple iOS) and has integrations with Google Apps and Twitter, among others.

Here's the entire list of applications:



Topics: SMBs, Cloud

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  • Time Tracking

    The Google Apps Marketplace has a great selection of tools for small business owners. I use Gtrax to track my time and Insight.ly for my CRM. Both are extremely inexpensive and total time savers.
  • Managing all the content in the cloud


    Nice article. Thanks for the wonderful recommendation on the apps. The interesting thing is that all these applications are web based applications. This means that the data is distributed over 20 or 30 different services. It is not in one place anymore like it used to be.

    Primadesk is tackling this problem for prosumers and small companies. With Primadesk you can search, manage, share and backup all your cloud based content from a single dash board. You can drag and drop content from one service to another.

    You should check it out.
  • Excellent list

    Some great apps listed there. Capsule CRM and AdRoll are particular favourites of mine!

  • Freelancer Tools

    Great list of freelancer tools but I really wish somebody would come up with one that can be used to deal with non paying clients. I've just been scammed by Chas Pitts of Skillings Mining Review Magazine (www.skillingssucks.com) - I ended quite a few contracts with other clients as he asked me to do more and more work for him and he's now refusing to pay.
  • have you checked out Replicon

    One more app that help manage the time and keep track of it is the one from Replicon ( http://www.replicon.com/time-tracking-softwares.aspx ) that I am using as of now and then from I am streamlined with the procedural manner to get productive. This can also be considered to be included in the list above.
    Robert Macklyn
  • Popular time tracking software

    Hi there i think very usefull web base app to time track is Chime I use this time tracking tool for my work. Try it. Read more on www.getchime.com