Borrowing from the Fast Show, this month I have mostly been using these following programs. They have made my working life a lot easier and you may find them useful, too.
Yes, Adobe Pro for PDF formatting and editing. I know that Adobe really have us over a barrel when it comes to working with PDFs. There are lots of free, online PDF formatting programs that you can use, but in my experience nothing comes close to using the original. It´s not cheap and now Adobe have you subscribing for difference packages and software, which adds up. However, it has saved me time and tears and so it goes on the list.
Do you know about Issuu? It´s an online publishing website. It´s used by creative companies, designers and the like. But anyone can use it and it is a great tool for holding documents that you want made public. I´ve been using it to publish a client´s documents as a way of raising their profile.
An online accounting system created by some lovely people in New Zealand. You can share with others in your team and connect your bank and Pay Pal accounts. Invoices are simple to set up and send to clients. There are also some great add-ons for time keeping, contact relationship management, inventory and job management.
I´m not sure where I would be without Basecamp. Probably with a mountain on my desk, made out of scraps of paper with “Remember to order train tickets” and “Merge Mailing Lists.” Basecamp is online project management for individuals or teams. I´m currently using Basecamp for projects with people in Estonia, Chicago and Copenhagen. Working across lots of different time zones can be like herding cats, but Basecamp manages emails, to-do lists and files for individual projects so we can keep track of who is doing what and when.
I hope you find these useful. What are your favourite programs that you would like to share?
About the Author:
Emma Crabtree is the owner and sole-operator of Red Box Virtual Office, a off-site business support service. Red Box Virtual Office can enable you to free yourself from the day to day admin of your business so that you can focus on what you enjoy and what makes you money. Find out more