Website Development – Online Tools – Part 2

I wanted to make another article about other tools that we use to manage our websites and website business.

Image And Vectors

Over the years, I have used many different photo sites, and they either close down or get bought by a big media house. I have used DollarPhotoClub, which was bought out by Adobe, and have used CanStockPhoto.com, but their prices are now too high. 

For more than a year, I use FreePik.com, I like their assortment of images and vectors, and I like their flat-rate monthly pricing plans.

Check them out here: https://www.freepik.com/home (I am not an affiliate of this website)

Online Surveys/Forms

When you need a survey or form for your website or need to track or remember things, then Google forms might be the answer. What I like about Google Forms:

  • Free!
  • Integration with Google Sheets.
  • Easy to use, easy to setup
  • Google Forms stores all data to a spreadsheet.
  • It can be sent as a link or embedded into a website.
  • The possibilities are endless.

Here is what we use it for:

  • Expenses
  • Hours
  • File Management
  • More

Check them out here: https://www.google.ca/forms/about/ subscribe to the personal, it’s free! (we are NOT an affiliate for this site)

Accounting

I struggled for many years, trying to keep my billing and invoicing. I never wanted to pay for credit card transactions. However, those days are gone. Especially with Covid-19, the requirement for a no-touch interface is now even more critical, and that is why you may want to consider an online billing/invoicing system. 

About seven years ago, I saw freshbooks.com, a Canadian operation, a small number of customers, and I tried it out. I have never looked back, even though, over the years, the cost per month has increased.

Feature Set:

  • Simple to use.
  • Easy setup.
  • Freshbooks includes multiple payment gateways – Stripe, PayPal (Freshbooks classic), WePay (Freshbooks default), and Stripe.
  • GL accounts
  • Recurring billing.
  • Expense tracking.
  • Links to your bank account for expense tracking.
  • Expense tracking is straightforward because the Freshbooks software links to your Credit Card.
  • Reports for all types of accounting functions
  • Profit/Loss to calculate your tax payable.
  • Sales tax reports

Sales Features:

  • Estimates – use these to send project estimates to clients, and when the client accepts, it takes two clicks to turn it into an invoice.
  • Freshbook Expenses – You can assign expenses to a project.
  • Freshbook Hours – You can assign hours to a project.
  • Freshbook Projects – You can create invoices from expenses and hours.
  • Freshbook Parts – You can create a list of parts for easy recall when creating invoices or estimates.

Check them out here: https://www.freshbooks.com/signup. We are NOT an affiliate for this website.

Summary:

Any or all of the above tools may assist you in managing your business or website. 

If you have any questions on any of the above software, please give us a call at RapidPage.ca.

Nicholas.