5 Tech Solutions to Unique Self-Employment Problems

by Lois Leonard

2 min read

Self-employment has it perks, but it also means that you’re responsible for every aspect of your business. From making sure that a project is on track to sending invoices to clients, you’re completely in charge. Thanks to technology, there are tech solutions that can help you run your business.

Dropbox

If you have a small team that works remotely, Dropbox makes file sharing between team members a breeze. This cloud storage service is available for all platforms, including Mac, PC, iOS, and Android. With Dropbox, you can create a folder in your designated Dropbox folder and share it with the team. When a team member adds or edits a file in the shared folder, the changes are synced automatically across all devices and everyone on the team can access the updated file.

Skype

When you’re self-employed, sometimes it isn’t feasible or cost-effective for your team to get together for meeting all the time. Skype is a communication app that lets you keep in contact with your team members and clients wherever you are. This app runs on most operating systems, including Mac OS, Windows, iOS, and Android. The group call feature of Skype allows you to teleconference with up to 25 people at a time. If you need to hold teleconferences with even more people, the business version of Skype lets you hold audio and video conferences with up to 250 people. You can use it to hold presentations or training seminars without having to get all the attendees in the same room.

QuickBooks Self-Employed

Many self-employed people have a hard time keeping track of their incomes and expenses. This can become a real problem when filing taxes. QuickBooks Self-Employed is designed to help you stay in control of your finances. The app’s built-in mileage tracker uses the GPS technology of your smartphone to track the mileage driven automatically so you don’t have to record it manually any more. You can use this app to organize and keep track of your expenses so you don’t mix your personal expenses with the business ones. QuickBooks Self-Employed also makes billing your clients easy. You can create invoices with just a few clicks, and it even lets you know when your clients open the invoices.

Asana

When you work on a team project, it is important to track its progress and make sure that every team member is on the same page. Asana is a project management tool that lets you do that and more. You can create projects in Asana and break them up into tasks. You can then assign these tasks to different team members. Team members can post questions and comments with regards to these tasks, and keep all the communication about a project in one place. Asana is available as a web app, as well as a mobile app for iOS and Android. If you have a team with 15 people or less, it’s free to use.

Square

With Square, your small business no longer has to be a cash-only business. Square lets you accept credit card payment with your mobile device. You can even integrate Square with QuickBooks Online so all your transactions are recorded automatically. Both the Square card reader and app are free. You just need to pay a transaction fee per swipe. With the help of these apps, you no longer have to worry about the basics of running your small business.

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