31 of The Best Cloud-Based Apps
for Micro-Businesses and Freelancers

Cloud applications
It used to be that small businesses, solopreneurs, freelancers and alike were at a distinct disadvantage in terms of finding effective and affordable tools and technology. Now, thanks to the one-two punch of cloud computing and mobile devices, the playing field has been leveled.

What is Cloud Computing?

In the Flare blog post, What Is This “Cloud Computing” of Which You Speak?, that unravels this mystery provides the following definition from Eric Griffith, Feature Editor at PC Magazine:

Cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. The cloud is just a metaphor for the internet.

Penning an article on the same topic, The New Jersey Institute of Technology chimes in with:

Cloud computing is a process that allows users access to a certain set of shared resources. Data stored in the cloud, specifically on servers, is accessible from almost anywhere and can be used on demand.

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Time Saving Tips for Freelancers

time saving tips for freelancers

While this article is entitled “Time Saving Tips for Freelancers”, it could just as easily be called “Sanity Tips for Freelancers”. If you’ve made the jump from a day job to freelancing, the most important thing you can learn to preserve your sanity and make this new life possible is how to save time.

To the uninitiated, the word “freelancer” conjures up images of getting up late, working when you want and having unlimited freedom, but the reality is far from what they imagine. Freelancers frequently work more than they did at their day jobs. Before I began freelancing, a freelancer friend once told me “Sure, there’s freedom in freelancing. I’m free to choose which 15 hours in a day I work.” Read more