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Five apps for the self-employed

Paul Bulpitt, head of accounting at Xero and co-founder of the Wow Company, lists his top five iOS and Android apps for the self-employed.

Paul Bulpitt, co founder of the Wow Company
Paul Bulpitt, co founder of the Wow Company

1 HMRC (Free)
The official app from HMRC can help you get to grips with your tax. Use it to quickly and easily work out your tax, break down your income and see how much you can claim back as a self-employed person.

2 Xero (from £10 a month)
If numbers aren’t your forte, fear not. Cloud accounting solutions like Xero simplify your numbers, enabling you to send and receive invoices, track expenses and upload receipts – all via a beautiful interface. And because it operates on the cloud, you can check your numbers anywhere, anytime.

3 Evernote (Free)
An idea can come to you at any time. Evernote allows you quickly to save pictures, business cards, web links and notes and keep them all in one place.

4 HelloSign (from free to £32 a month)
This app is a little unusual, but for people who are always on the move, it is great. HelloSign enables you to sign and fill out forms, contracts and other documents electronically, before saving and emailing them back to the recipient. Perfect for those times when you’re nowhere near a printer and scanner.

5 Harvest (from £10 a month)
Harvest streamlines the entire billing process, from tracking your time to getting paid. From the web or your smartphone, simple and quick time-entry means you have the data need to bill accurately and budget wisely.

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