May 18, 2010, 11:52 AM — Congratulations, Mac-based freelancer or business owner! Maybe you're just starting out on your entrepreneurial journey or perhaps you're gearing up to take things to the next level. Either way, if you're already feeling overwhelmed by a seemingly endless to-do list that you have yet to actually jot down, these ten great business apps and plug-ins could be just what you need to tackle the tasks at hand.
Let's face it: Apple's iCal is good for the occasional shopping list and errand reminder, but if you're running a business or juggling clients, you'll need something with more organizational oomph. The $149 Daylite ( Macworld rated 4 out of 5 mice ) from Market Circle is a much better tool, making it easy to track customer correspondence, manage tasks and delegate them to fellow employees, and link files to projects and appointments. Daylite is a productivity enhancing dashboard for virtually any business, and you can even bring it all with you using the free Daylite Touch for iPhone app.
Also from Market Circle, the $59 Billings ( Macworld rated 4 out of 5 mice ) is to time tracking and invoicing as Daylite is to project management. You can track the time you spend on a project, right down to the minute, and create customize invoice templates for billing repeat clients. In fact, if you manage your projects in Daylite, you can send it all to Billings when it's time to invoice. Billings can track when customers are late with payment, sync due date alerts to iCal, and take it all on the go with the free Billings Touch for iPhone ( Macworld rated 4.5 out of 5 mice ). If you need Billings for your small-to-medium business, Market Circle is beta testing Billings Pro with support for multi-user time tracking and billing.