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Best Apps For The Self Employed

It’s not just lawyers and accountants who need an Apple device to help them with their business but there are a lot of apps around that are designed with the sole purpose of helping self employed people to run their business more smoothly and effectively. It’s not often that you will find a lot of help from people if you are self employed- more often than not you will find people trying to put you down and trying to deter you. But your iPhone, iPod touch, and your iPad are soon to be your best friends in business when you use them together with these great apps.

One of the main problems when you’re working as a self employed or contract worker is keeping track of your time sheets. Many companies have different ways of doing them, and sometimes we get so busy in the work that we forget to fill them out correctly or we think we can remember the times right when we get in the next day. Now you don’t have to worry about it with an hour’s tracker from the iTunes app store. Ones like Hours Tracker-Time Sheet let you log your time easily enough with room for setting in break time and overpay. You can also export the logs a number of different ways so you will always have a copy in the right format. With this app you can also estimate how much you’ll be earning at the end of the pay period so you can see if you’ve made any mistakes.

If you’re working as a contractor then you know how hard it can be to get the invoice right, but with an invoice app you’ll be able to write them up the right way and send them off as soon as you’re done with the job. Invoice2go is an example of this app that allows you to change a quote to an invoice as well as customise the invoice to suit your company. The app automatically adds taxes to your earnings in your own country’s currency to avoid any errors with the tax man. Lastly, you can preview the invoice in as much or as little detail as you like, then you can e-mail it to the client before you’re out the door.

Last but not least is a driver’s log. Contractors especially will need this app that will allow them to time exactly how long they have been driving to get to their clients. You can input how many kilometres/miles you’ve travelled as well as how long you spent behind the wheel, and when you’re done you can export it in a number of ways to make your billing work a lot easier. Most apps have a map widget so you can clearly input the address to a property even if it’s not clearly marked, i.e. if you’re called out to a job on a farm.

There are many apps like these available in the store and most of them can be used on all thee iOS devices, so take a look around and see which ones you want to get for yourself and your employees.

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