Category: Projects

FreelanceSuite – Version 2.0

We’re extremely excited to announce the release of Version 2.0 for FreelanceSuite.  FreelanceSuite is a clean, stylish web application to manage all of your customers, projects, and billing. Simple, yet powerful.

Version 2 is a foundational release for FreelanceSuite. This update provides key features, enhances the application’s framework, and creates APIs for future integration. All users should upgrade to Version 2.

  • New Payment Gateway: Stripe
  • Real-Time Task Timer
  • Web-based Email Templation Configuration
  • Leads Feature (External input, plus import features)
  • reCAPTCHA integration for Lead Input Feature
  • Calendar Feature
  • Search Tool (Clients, Projects, Support Tickets)
  • Revenue Report (Chart Framework)
  • Clean Date Selection Tool
  • Staff can now Reset & Email Client Passwords
  • Emails sent to clients upon account creation
  • Configurable Currency Symbol integrated
  • Visual Enhancements to Invoice (HTML & PDF)
  • Quick “Add” Features
  • Various Bug Fixes
  • More

Visit the product website at http://freelancesuite.com

Clear Tower Consulting

Looking for a company to help you manage your web development project? Need a website? Are you a looking for eLearning or online training?

Clear Tower Consulting is a progressive, innovative firm which provides custom consulting solutions.

Take a look at their services below (Excerpt from ClearTowerConsulting.com)

eCommerce Solutions

If you’re company sells products and services, you need an eCommerce option on your web presence. Clear Tower Consulting has helped customers create shopping carts, customer management tools, and purchasing scripts since our establishment in 2003. We can integrate an existing 3rd party shopping cart with your website or we can develop a custom solution for your company. In addition, we’ll help you understand how merchant service providers operate and help you integrate your chosen provider with your web presence.

We’re profficient in many, many 3rd party eCommerce solutions including:
- osCommerce
- X-Cart
- PHP Web Commerce
- ClientExec
- ModernBill (Parallels)

Web Development and Management

Websites are a critical element of every company’s business. We specialize in these services:
- Website design (Web 2.0 technologies – CSS, XHTML)
- Web Hosting
- Web Application Development (PHP, MySQL, ASP, Access, MSSQL, Oracle)
- Web Analytics
- Web Surveys
- Web Content Management

Process Streamlining

We’ve often heard the phrase, “a business is only as strong as its weakest link.” We agree, but we’re here to help. We specialize in facilitating group meetings, identifying process inefficincies, change management consulting, human resources strategies, project management streamlining, and much more. Ask one of our sales advisors about how we can help your business.

eLearning Development

We understand that today’s business environment requires companies (small and large) to re-think training and employee development. eLearning makes sense — it’s cost effective and allows the latest learning techniques.

Our custom eLearning courses feature:
- Latest ISD technologies
- Rich text
- Rich media (videos, pictures, animations)
- Quizzes, tests, and data capture
- Interactive elements (drag and drop technology, memory clicks, etc.)
- SCORM or AICC compliance
- Integration with Learning Management Systems (LMS)

Freelance Suite

I’m pleased to announce Freelance Suite — an amazing product that I developed back in 2008.  Year over year, the product has consistently been a great tool to effectively manage clients, projects, and bills.  Visit http://www.freelancesuite.com today.

-chris

 

What is Freelance Suite?

Freelance Suite is an online Project Management software application that will help you work faster and be more productive. Whereas most Project Management software is overly complex, Freelance Suite is intuitive and easy-to-use.

Client Management

Freelance Suite allows you to manage all aspects of your client base. You can easily add, edit, and manipulate client profile information as well as track all related projects, invoices, and workflow approval queues. Need to contact all your clients at one? Want to e-mail a specific type of client? Our client communication tools are abundant.

Project Management

As a comprehensive project management application, we didn’t leave anything out in the project features. You can manage all aspects of the project, from progress, cost, parameters, completion timeline, project manager, etc. We’ve included some great reports to help you manage your projects.

Workflow Approval System

This unique feature helps set Freelance Suite apart from our competition. When a staff member or project manager has completed a task or revision for a client, the “submission” is sent to the client for review. The client is able to view the associated uploads and determine if the submission meets their standards. The client will approve or reject the submission before the comments are returned to the staff member. This automated solutions saves everyone time and ensure efficient operations!

File Upload Tool & Project Submissions

A great feature included in Freelance Suite is the ability to upload files to the system. You can associate these uploads with a project submission. Project Submissions are also known as drafts, concepts, or revisions. The files can be viewed by clients, when appropriate, and by staff members, stored efficiently and securely. This tool integrates exceptionally with our Workflow Approval System.

Task (To-Do) FeatureWe’ve developed a Task feature that enables you to streamline your work operations. Project Managers or Staff members can create tasks to complete based on a specific project, client, or from scratch. The tasks may be

monitored for progress and can be assigned to any staff member. We’ve added a nice tool to allow staff users to create an invoice in only a few clicks based on a task!

Time-Billing Tool

Does your company bill by the hour or do you account for your employees’ time? This features enables your team create records based on a client, a project, or a specific task. We’ve even added a great tool to create an invoice in just a few clicks based on time-billing data. We’ve developed powerful reports to make this tool even more useful.

Invoicing Feature

Invoicing is one of the most common tasks performed by Freelance Suite. Staff users can create invoices based on projects, time-billing data, or from scratch. The invoices are tracked easily and available to clients to pay online.

Payment Gateway Integration

We’ve made it simple for your clients to pay their invoices online. We currently support Paypal, 2Checkout, and GoogleCheckout. You have the option of which gateways to enable for your clients.

Support Ticket System

Our support ticket system allow clients to request support, efficiently and effectively. Staff users can reply to clients’ concerns by priority. The system features full priority management, ticket assignments, and results tracking. If you have your own external support system, you can easily disable our internal system and integrate your own!

Staff Management

Our system makes it easy to add staff members, or project managers. You have flexibility over the permissions of each staff member, for added security.

Communication & Messaging

We know the importance of facilitating effective communication with your clients. We’ve created many tools to ensure you are as effective and efficient as possible, with a system that’s extremely easy to use for everyone! We’ve developed two enhanced modules: System Announcements, and My Messages. The system announcement tool allows staff members to post announcements for all clients to review. The My Messages feature is a internal messaging system. Clients can send messages to staff members, providing the company with a nice way to track communication. Client and Staff users have the ability to store messages, reply, delete, or write new messages.

Powerful Reports

We have developed a powerful and comprehensive reporting solution. Our reporting solutions span from time billing and sales statistics to support system usage.

Design Customization & Integration

Freelance Suite has a solid CSS and Template base that can easily be customized to fit in with your website or design.

Easy Installation Tool

We’ve made it easy for you! Just click a few steps to have the software up and running on your server!

“Lock Desktop” – New Mac OS X App

I’ve uploaded one of my first applications for a Mac. It’s extremely easy to use. The tool allows you to lock your desktop when you’re away from the computer and requires a password when you get back.  This is something you can run on demand, instead of waiting for a screen-saver, or logging off.  Lock Desktop 1.0 even keeps your programs running in the back.  Read more →