The Most Popular Payment Solutions for Freelancers (Charts)

What’s the best way to do one-time or recurring billing for your online business? That’s an important question for the growing legion of independent service providers transitioning countless business transactions onto the web.

That which is most popular may not be the best, but it’s a good place to start looking. Popular online invoicing service FreshBooks posted today two pie charts (below) quantifying the most popular services used by FreshBooks customers to bill their clients, both inside and outside the US. PayPal may be the winner in one-time billings, but not by much. In recurring billings, it’s not even close to number one.


freshbookschartlogoWhat’s the best way to do one-time or recurring billing for your online business? That’s an important question for the growing legion of independent service providers transitioning countless business transactions onto the web.

That which is most popular may not be the best, but it’s a good place to start looking. Popular online invoicing service FreshBooks posted today two pie charts (below) quantifying the most popular services used by FreshBooks customers to bill their clients, both inside and outside the US. PayPal may be the winner in one-time billings, but not by much. In recurring billings, it’s not even close to number one. Leer más “The Most Popular Payment Solutions for Freelancers (Charts)”

Do You Need Professional Help? The Limits of Doing It Yourself

* Jason Finnerty |

Until recently, I seemed to prefer to always do things the hard way. If a website needed to be created, I would learn how to code it, populate it, and then publish it. During renovations of my home I learned how to do my own electrical, dry wall, plumbing, and first aid. I nearly had to learn how to handle my own divorce, but luckily that was avoided. We justified learning these things ourselves in order to offset the cost of paying someone else to do it, but in retrospect, this is probably a backwards way of looking at things.

Doing it yourself can be a false economy. Sure, we might have saved $1500 in labour by painting our house ourselves, but this is time that kept us from doing the things we like. On top of that, the house looks like we painted it ourselves. Now that I have my own business, I am starting to understand that my time is worth much more than I had previously thought. If I want to be considered a professional in my industry, I need to work with other professionals. Here are a few professionals that you might consider using in order to achieve your own goals.


Until recently, I seemed to prefer to always do things the hard way.  If a website needed to be created, I would learn how to code it, populate it, and then publish it.  During renovations of my home I learned how to do my own electrical, dry wall, plumbing, and first aid.  I nearly had to learn how to handle my own divorce, but luckily that was avoided.  We justified learning these things ourselves in order to offset the cost of paying someone else to do it, but in retrospect, this is probably a backwards way of looking at things.

Doing it yourself can be a false economy. Sure, we might have saved $1500 in labour by painting our house ourselves, but this is time that kept us from doing the things we like. On top of that, the house looks like we painted it ourselves.  Now that I have my own business, I am starting to understand that my time is worth much more than I had previously thought.  If I want to be considered a professional in my industry, I need to work with other professionals.  Here are a few professionals that you might consider using in order to achieve your own goals. Leer más “Do You Need Professional Help? The Limits of Doing It Yourself”

Planning & Designing a Custom Web App

So you’ve got a great idea for a new online tool, and you seemingly have many of the skills to create it. It can be as basic as Ta-da Lists, or as robust as Basecamp, all you know is that you can design and code (or hire someone to do the parts you can’t do), and want to make your own idea for a web app come to life.

There are likely millions of ideas for great web apps floating around, and yet many of them never come into existence because that one person with the idea doesn’t know where to start. With every great project, designers can be hired, and developers will come as well. The real problem that needs to be solved is the planning of a web app.


So you’ve got a great idea for a new online tool, and you seemingly have many of the skills to create it. It can be as basic as Ta-da Lists, or as robust as Basecamp, all you know is that you can design and code (or hire someone to do the parts you can’t do), and want to make your own idea for a web app come to life.

There are likely millions of ideas for great web apps floating around, and yet many of them never come into existence because that one person with the idea doesn’t know where to start. With every great project, designers can be hired, and developers will come as well. The real problem that needs to be solved is the planning of a web app.

Planning & Designing a Custom Web App Leer más “Planning & Designing a Custom Web App”