Business BootStrapping Tips – 15. Delivery 101

Business BootStrapping Tips – 15. Delivery 101

Business BootStrapping Tips – 15. Delivery 101

This article originally appeared in issue 213 of .net magazine – the world’s
best-selling magazine for web designers and developers.

Top products for bargain delivery

It’s important to pick the right products for uploading websites and then
billing and invoicing clients, but these things needn’t break the bank

Transmit is the FTP client of choice for many. There’s no doubt its features
(including droplets, folder linking, synchronization) are handy time-savers –
great if you’re designing on a tight budget – but it’s Mac-only and costs $34.
If that’s too pricey, Cyberduck is a competent Mac alternative, and FileZilla
remains a popular cross-platform FTP client. Otherwise, if you’re a Firefox user,
the free FireFTP ably does the job of file transfer.

For a free, open source solution for creating and managing invoices,
there’s Siwapp. If you’d prefer a free hosted solution, CurdBee offers an ‘easy,
fast and secure online billing experience’, albeit with branded emails.
Upgrade to ‘pro’ for $5 per month and you gain access to customizable emails along
with support for taxes, your domain, PDF output and reminders.

Elsewhere, Project Bubble (from $7 per month) bundles invoicing with project
management and time tracking; FreshBooks provides, according to developer
Stephanie Rewis, “inexpensive customizable online estimates, time-tracking
and invoicing services, including excellent year-end reports”
(it’s free for three clients, and from $19.95 per month thereafter);
Harvest starts at $12 per month for three users and unlimited clients;
and Kashoo (for $9.95 per month, provides useful online accounting tools
that are just perfect for a small business.