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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    • Matt N
      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.

    • 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.

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    Get started with project management, for free

    Ayush Mittal
    Ayush Mittal28bro @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 Mittal
    Ayush Mittal28bro @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 Byerley
    Melinda ByerleyFounding Partner, TimeShareCMO · Written
    We love this tool for its ease of use, templates, and integration into bill.com and xero.