The first that I have used in nearly all of my business adventures is Google Voice. I love that I can have a number that I can makes calls from and receive calls on that has nothing to do with my personal phone number. I have used this when I ran my own daycare, for my virtual assistant services, and when answering calls for my clients. One of my favorite things about Google Voice is that it is absolutely free. Additionally, if you have an Android or iPhone, you can use a program such as GrooveIP to sync your Google number to your actual phone.
The next item that I find absolutely needed when working from home is Dropbox. With this program clients and I can easily share files. Additionally, we keep copies of contract templates and other templates in Dropbox so they are easy to print off at a moment’s notice. Another thing that I love about this program is that I can access it anywhere that has an internet connection through the Dropbox website.
The last item that I can’t live without for working at home is the program TimeStamp. With this, I can easily keep track of the time I spend working and can add little notes to it as well. Although it may not be the flashiest program in the world, it is simple to use and easy to navigate. Additionally, you can print off the time log and it can calculate how much the invoice will be.