The other day I wrote about applications which I feel are a good setup to do your web design work. Today I want to cover some of the main administration applications I use and which I’ve found to be useful for as freelancer or when working in your own business:

These are the must have (admin) applications, which probably all are part of your system:

  • Mail including good Spam filtering :: I use PowerMail and SpamSieve, a great combo.
  • Address Book :: nothing fancy, Apples Addressbook works just fine.
  • Calendar :: iCal works great via different calendars and grouping options.

Following other, very useful and good to have applications:

  • To-Do :: Things – would not want to do without it and you can read more about it here.
  • Time Tracker :: TimeLog, even though it became more tedious to use it remains a good application.
  • Invoicing :: iBiz (used to be iWork) which has still odd bugs but is great if you want more than just a list of your hourly actions. If you want to write invoices with actions grouped and detailed information for the various sections and just overall want to be able to modify the look and output of the invoices, this is the perfect application for it.
  • Accounting :: Quicken for Mac, which I mainly stick to for the online banking options and good integration with online creditcard companies, but I am always hoping to find something less puffed up (I use probably not even half of its features).
  • Collection :: Yojimbo is great for all the odds and ends, passwords and serial numbers and other text snippets including bookmarks and pictures.
  • Paperless office :: here it is Yep which will be indispensable very soon after you began using it.

Of course there are other useful applications, but these cover the basics for any office.