Running a business from an iPhone

I’ve just stepped back into independent consulting and need an invoicing solution. I started looking at curdbee but also tried Harvest and FreshBooks and Outright. I’m not sure what is the best solution for my needs and these all seem capable. This is my first time consulting after 10 years and the market for small business services has exploded with options.

While Curdbee is inexpensive, its lack of an API has eliminated it as a choice for me. I want to integrate with Google and tax planning software etc.


I singed up for the 30 day trials of Harvest and Freshbooks. Even after a month I still couldn’t decide. I think the features sets are comparable but Freshbooks seemed to have more integration options. Harvest is cheaper ( $7/month less ) and I don’t need most of the integration options at this time but I felt that FreshBooks was the better choice. For now. I upgraded to the basic account for a year. The thing that sold me on FreshBooks over Harvest is the invoicing. While Harvest has more invoicing templates, FreshBooks has a feature that notifies me when the client has viewed the invoice. No more client excuses about not receiving invoices.


Outright has tax related and business accounting features that I wanted and integrates with FreshBooks. I linked my Outright account to my business credit card account. By linking my bank accounts I can track my business expenses by importing credit card transactions. My local business checking bank isn’t supported as yet, which is unfortunate. I had hoped to pull in transactions to manage my cash flow. Fortunately, FreshBooks supports my local bank and I can pull in transactions that way.

By using Outright I can keep all my income and expenses (including mileage ) organized and categorized. I’ll be ready to go at tax time; just print my Schedule C worksheet. Outright also provides estimates quarterly tax reports so I’ll have no surprises.

I am using iOS apps for FreshBooks and Outright to management my business right from my iPhone and iPad. I can enter mileage, create invoices, track cash transactions etc. How cool is that!

July 1 isn’t that far away, but there’s time to get it together. Next time, please pay a fair price for the services you depend on. Those have a better chance of surviving the bubbles. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][Dave Winer](

Sigh! I think Dave is right. Many geeks — including myself — are paying the price for our dependence ( addiction? ) to “FREE”. Google had decided that Reader is a service they no longer want to sink money into. Google is an advertising driven company and Reader had not ads. It made sense for them to shutter the service.

But now what? What do geeks like myself who have become dependent on the service to host our daily firehose of information? The main features of Reader I depended on are aggregation and sync. I needed a replacement that had at least two features. It would be nice if I could use it with one of my favorite RSS apps. I’m exploring several options, one of which is running my own news aggregation service using [River 2]( I set River up on a Windows AMI but I’m hot feeling confident about it. I also think Fever° meets the need.

After setting up the software on my Linux host I exported my OPML from Reader and imported into Fever°. Fever° has an API for apps like Reeder to interact with it.

Reeder does a great job of integrating with Fever°, including the addition of the Hot List. Overall I find Fever° to be faster than using Google Reader in Reeder, but that’s also dependent on your web server.

[^1]: [Chris Gonzales](,[Benjamin Brooks](,

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