What is the best tool to manage your freelance business?

I'm a designer who just went full-time on freelance (I'm registering my own firm/company as we speak). What is the best tool I can use for project management, proposals, contracts, invoices? Thanks!
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    AND CO

    Invoicing, Expenses, Contracts & Payments for freelancers

    I use this awesome tool to help manage every aspect of my freelance business; from helping develop a customizable contract, to invoicing, time tracking, expensing, it's all there in one spot, super seamless and easy to use. Plus you get a personal CO (Chief Operator) to help you with any questions. Highly recommend for anyone looking to streamline their business and stay on track!
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    • Makes it super easy to invoice in a beautiful simple way that clients love. Offering credit card, PayPal and bank ACH payments really feels like it helps me get paid faster and looks professional. It's also a breeze to confirm that I've received payment and is helpful to get reminders of outstanding invoices. Love hearing the chime when money rolls in.


      Can't believe I forgot to mention the support crew. I'm so used to banking/financial apps making service an afterthought. Whenever I have a question or issue they're on it within minutes and always eager to help.

    • Matt NIndependent Designer/Developer in LA

      I've tried every time-tracking/invoicing app there is for freelancers, but when I finally tried AND CO I was instantly sold!

      Both the web app and mobile app are a delight to use. They are fast and just work without any hiccups. The features are great and have helped me save a ton of time on admin work. Sending an invoice or a contract is a breeze. You also get a real, live human to ask for help! Need to invoice a client? Have a question about your taxes? Simply send a message to your CO and they will always have your back!

      Their dev team is also great! I requested a couple features and they were released within a few weeks. That showed me that the team at AND CO listen to their customers and give me confidence to use this app for the long-term.

      It's not often that I fall in love with an app. AND CO is the exception. Highly recommended.

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    Get started with project management, for free

    Ayush Mittal27bro @boombro, Founder RefR ✌ · Written
    I also used Freedcamp for project management. Entirely free, unlimited projects for unlimited time. They also have a small business plan which includes invoices, CRM and other integrations.
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    A forecasting app for freelancers, get better insights

    Helps you schedule your freelance projects, send invoices, and manage your freelance business no matter what size it is.
  4. Ayush Mittal27bro @boombro, Founder RefR ✌ · Written
    Upwork (previously oDesk) is great. I used it for design and startup marketing. The best part is its reporting system - you can peek into lifetime billings, earnings by client, weekly timesheet. This helps one to figure out what is working and what is not plus what needs more attention. I also used Elance and Fiverr.
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    Fast and beautiful online quotes with lots of flexibility.

    Melinda ByerleyFounding Partner, TimeShareCMO · Written
    We love this tool for its ease of use, templates, and integration into bill.com and xero.