« – Free Online Accounting with Contract Template Library
Apr 8th, 2009 by Beth

I’ve written before about Microsoft Office Accounting Express, which is an awesome free accounting tool (and a Beth Favorite) that works like QuickBooks, at least for amateurs like me.

Someone sent me a link to FastDue, which is intriguing as well. It’s got the same kind of invoicing capabilities and also lets you accept PayPal. But the coolest thing is that it contains a library of business document templates, such as contracts, non-disclosure agreements, etc. People are always asking me where to get agreements, and I like that they’re right here in the system.

FastDue is free for now — they pay for themselves with ads. I read they may switch to a standard/premium structure, which I would guess means you may be able to choose not to have the ads. – Move Your Business Online.

Dabble DB: Online databases anyone can use
Mar 31st, 2009 by Beth

I’m a word chick, not a database dame, and the most I can do in Excel is to create filters to see the data I want.

I just watched the 8-minute demo for Dabble DB, and it seems this webware (which is in the running for the 2009 Webware 100 awards from cnet) might solve many of my limitations. You upload your Excel spreadsheets or whatever data you may have, and you can create charts, add fields, sort by time frame… all kinds of fun stuff that will amaze your colleages and increase your productivity.

It’s free to create a public database with up to 100k entries and 15 users, $8 per user per month for private databases. Worth looking into.

Dabble DB – Create an Online Database – Collect, report, and share your data.

StopForwarding.Us: Send a polite note to stop the forwarding madness
Mar 30th, 2009 by Beth

I’m not going to say who in my circle of friends and family is guilty, but SOME OF YOU drive me nuts! You forward emails about sick children who just want postcards, friendship poems with angels and hearts, political puffery from your favorite radicals and pictures of cute bunnies and kittens.

StopForwarding.Us is a free service that allows you to send a private, polite and anonymous note to the sender to let her know to think before forwarding. I actually like the bunnies and kittens, but the friendship poems with email angels? Ergh!

Here’s an excerpt from the letter:

Please do not forward chain letters, urban legends, potentially offensive jokes, videos or photos without being asked or first receiving permission.

If you find something that you want to pass on and you genuinely think the recipient will enjoy it then forward it to that person only (not in an email blast to all your friends and family) and include a personal note about why you enjoyed it and why you think they will too.

Nicely done, don’t you think? Please forward this link to everyone you know. (Just kidding).

StopForwarding.Us | Politely and anonymously ask them to stop forwarding you junk email

CrossLoop: An IT department at the ready
Mar 27th, 2009 by Beth

Ok, I’ll admit it… I’ve contemplated dating an IT guy just to have someone to call when my computer is ailing. But my boyfriend might take exception to that, so I’m very grateful for CrossLoop.

CrossLoop is a network of IT specialists who are standing by to help you. Seriously. All you do is create an account, search for technicians who have experience with your type of computer issue, and let them take over your screen to fix the problem. You pay their hourly rate (which varies by technician), and you can get first-rate advice without having to have dinner.

I used them once and really enjoyed the experience and the results (he couldn’t fix my problem, but that made me happy because I KNEW it was a horrible problem that was beyond repair, and it was!). Highly recommended.

CrossLoop – Simple, secure screen-sharing and trusted experts for computer help.

PDFVue: Free PDF editing
Mar 17th, 2009 by Beth

PDFVue is a web-based tool that lets you upload a PDF, add notes, make changes and share. I played around with it for a few minutes, and I couldn’t get it to actually change the text in one of my client documents, but I loved how I could add notes about the changes I wanted to see.

I also like the ability to create forms, add pictures and links, and generally get something handy for nothing.

PDFVue Beta : Edit, Annotate, and Share PDFs for Free.

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