s a freelancer, have you struggled to figure out your financial goals, much less track them easily? Then Harpoon
may be perfect for you.
Harpoon is a financial planning and metrics app designed for freelancers. It helps freelancers answer vexing questions, such as:
- When do I schedule my next project?
- Should I be making more money this quarter?
- Am I on track to meet my yearly goal?
- Should I speed things up?
- When can I take a vacation?
- Is it time to raise my rates?
It comes with a lot of pretty and powerful dashboards to help you take control of your financial projections. You can also use it to track your time and invoice clients.
Cost: $14/$24/$34 per month (scales depending on the number of clients you include)
Want to know when something important to you (or your business) appears online?TalkWalkerAlerts is a great alternative to Google Alerts.
I’m impressed with this tool, which sends me better results than I typically get from Google Alerts. To make it easy to switch, you can import your existing Google Alerts. When you create new alerts in TalkWalker, you can subscribe to email alerts or RSS feeds for your searches.
I love using Chrome as my primary browser, but it is a memory hog. I often find myself with too many tabs open, and Chrome grinds to a halt. However, I hate to close tabs for fear of losing track of something.
OneTab solves this dilemma—making it easy to consolidate a bunch of tabs into one.
Clicking on the OneTab icon instantly converts all of your open tabs into a list, which you can name. When you need to access those specific tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once. Using OneTab saves up to 95% of memory in Chrome.
I love that you can save multiple “lists” of sites and restore them easily—or even share a link to them with someone else. You can also come back and edits your lists.
Now you can easily capture email signups by SMS with JoinByText
It integrates with several email service providers and marketing automation companies including ActiveCampaign, AWeber, Campaigner, Emma, iContact, InfusionSoft, MailChimp and Publicaster by WhatCounts.
After signing up, you get to pick a one-word keyword that people can send to a 5-digit shortcode assigned to your account. When they do, they are prompted to enter their email address to join your list.
Cost: $19/month to capture up to 500 email addresses; larger plans are available.
Thanks to DJ Waldow
for tipping me off to JoinByText!
provides an easy way to communicate with your colleagues through mobile messaging. It’s a simple and secure app for sending individual and group text messages, without having to worry about collecting personal mobile phone numbers.
Cotap automatically creates a directory as coworkers join, so it’s easy to find people when you need to reach them. You can also choose to sync to your mobile phone’s contacts, which will let you send messages to customers or business connections.
When someone messages you, you will get a push notification.
You can also connect to your calendar in order to have conversations with past or future meeting participants.
Cotap offers a business version with more features. These add the ability to:
- Create custom mobile push notifications
- Analyze usage and engagement
- Get enhanced administrative controls
Cost: Currently free to download the app; additional pricing information has not been announced.
ever worry about losing your house key with KeyMe
In the “what will they think of next” category, KeyMe is an app that lets you scan your keys and then get copies made. If you’re locked out and need a replacement fast, you can get a new key at a local KeyMe-authorized locksmith or at one of their kiosks. They’re aren’t too many of the latter right now (just a few in NYC), but I expect to see these pop up all over the place. The company is also expanding a delivery service.
Imagine if you are out of town and for whatever reason you need a friend to get in your place. Just use KeyMe to send them a digital copy of your key. Your friend can then get a physical copy made by a locksmith.
You can also get key copies shipped by mail. In addition to ordering plain-looking keys, you can get them in a variety of shapes and styles.
KeyMe services 85% of the most common home and office keys. They also claim a 99% accuracy rate compared to traditional locksmiths, which have an average 15%-25% error rate.
The app guarantees very high levels of security, so your keys won’t fall into the wrong hands.
Cost: The app is free. Keys cost about $4.99-$5.99 each, with 30% off additional keys plus free shipping. Mail order keys arrive in 3-5 business days.
Awesome Screenshot does exactly what the name implies: it lets you take screenshots on your computer. It’s a Chrome extension.
There are several features built in that make this a must-have tool. You can annotate your image with simple shapes and even a “blur” tool. You can then share your screenshot via email or social media; and save it temporarily, permanently download it to your hard drive, or on a Diigo account or Google Drive.
It’s also good as a screen measuring tool. As you start to capture a portion of a screen, it will show you the image size in pixels.