How Much Do You Pay for Web Apps?

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Before I fell asleep last night, I started thinking about what I’m spending on Web applications. I take advantage of the free levels of apps whenever I can, however, in some cases, I have to give in and pay for the services.

Don’t get me wrong – I don’t have buyer’s remorse, but I do think I need to get a firm grasp of what Web apps or SaaS’s I have on autopay on my business credit card because it is getting to be too easy to charge these things.

Here is the list of Web apps I’ve been paying for and why I pay for them:

  • Basecamp – $24/month – to keep track of communications and files with clients.
  • FreshBooks – $24/month – to manage client invoicing.
  • Typepad – $89.50/year for three blogs (about $7.45/month) – to develop three of my many blogs.
  • Constant Contact – $15/month – to send out my occasional e-newsletter.
  • Cafepress – $6.95/month – to sell Second Life swag.
  • LibSyn– $5/month – to host my Cybergrrl Oh podcast about Second Life.
  • SpinVox– $9.99/month – to convert my voicemail messages into texts and emails. (My service in the U.S. is actually through UReach.
  • MeetUp – $72/6 months ($12/month) – to host several Meetup groups.

Total Fees – $104.39 per month or $1,252.68 per year

I began thinking that I should pay more attention to these payments. If the app is really valuable to my business, maybe I should consider paying for a year’s subscription in advance. Often, an annual subscription is discounted so I could save some money.

Then again, it might just be negligible. CafePress, for example, comes out to be $5/month for an annual subscription which would save me $23 for the year. Well, the theory sounded good when I was thinking about it. Still, if I were to subscribe to many more apps and sites, maybe the savings would become more significant.

Sites like Freshbooks and Basecamp don’t offer an annual fee. They use a pay-as-you-go model without committing you to a long term contract. Freshbooks does offer a lump sum payment where you can opt to pay for a number of months in advance but without any discount.

What are you paying on a monthly basis for Web apps and sites? Which ones and what do they do for you?

27 Comments

Ovi Demetrian Jr

I use:

Voo2Do for task management – Free
PBWiki for project notes and organizing – Free
MailChimp for newsletters – Paid per use basis
Gmail for Email – Free

fredmac

As Robert and Corey, i don’t paid for web app.
I’am an old school user and prefered desktop app and paid once of course.

Corey Freeman

I don’t pay for web applications. I use a lot of open source stuff and I think it works out all right. I’ve never been very good at using advanced features on anything.

Chris Tingom

At our company, we use the following:

JotForm.com – $9 month
Freshbooks – $39 month
Basecamp – Free plan at the moment
Todoist – Free
Gmail for Business – Free at the moment

John

You should check out Intervals, a web app that does time tracking, task management, document sharing, and invoicing, along with a few other things, and starts at $20/month to manage 10 projects. You could ditch two or three apps, save some money, and have everything in one place.

Robert S. Robbins

I don’t pay for web applications. I create web applications. My only business related monthly expenses are for my DSL connection and my web site hosting.

Phil Barnhart

I discovered that running “free” open source apps took to much of my “free” time. I pay to use backpack, for example. One of my biggest challenges is separating “business” from “personal” usage for tax purposes. Now I think I need to go back through and do the same calculations – but at least the ones I pay for will stick around (what is the biz model for totally free?). I switched to BudURL for business url tracking BECAUSE they bill!

I recently set up a site based on my personal bookmarks on web apps (Vtoolbox) and in doing some of the research found that trying to calculate if “apps by the piece” vs suites are more cost-effective?

thisismyurl

$23 a year on your cafepress.com is nothing to sneeze at, especially if you look at those kind of savings across your whole billing. Say you pay $1,252.68 a year for these services and you can save 10% by prepaying from cash (not credit). You’ll save $125 a year which can basically pay for your hosting.

Personally, I pay $70 a year for my BlueHost account and that’s about it. I replaced BaseCamp with a free alternative and now I get more money for coffee and EVE. :)

John Bradford

Only two monthly I pay for are to GoDaddy for hosting $5 pcm and to £23 Freeagent for accounting/finance (I’m based in the UK and they’re tailored to our tax system).

Annual subscriptions are RTM, Flickr, Goosync, and Plaxo.

Otherwise I’m on Ubuntu with open source apps.

Peldi Guilizzoni

That $15/month for newsletters seems like a lot. I’ve been happy with CampaignMonitor: you only pay when you send out campaigns (I think it’s $5 + 1cent per user for each campaign, i.e. not much).

Laura

I pay for wrike, mobileme, and mozy. Generally I like to buy software as opposed to SaaS, mostly because I like to have total ownership and control over my data.

Dan Perlman

Jott Pro – $12.95 per month — I pay because I like the longer time for recording notes — a premium upgrade. I’m going to upgrade Evernote, partly because I think the service is terrific and want to support them and partly because I keeping so much info on Evernote, I’m going to need more monthly bandwidth.

Avonelle Lovhaug

I’m using…
Unfuddle for software project management: $9/month
Backpack for keeping track of misc. notes, to-dos, and other stuff: $5/month (grandfathered plan…no longer available)
I Want Sandy for task reminders: Free

I’m very happy with Unfuddle. I like the 37Signals products, but some of them are getting kind of pricey.

coachchic

Perhaps your next blog post could be about those FREE services you’ve managed to find useful.

Freelancer

Opposite sides of the coin here

WordPress – I used to pay $15/year for this until I started hosting it myself (I like controlling the installation)
MailChimp – $15/month for newsletters to clients
Ronin – $9/month for invoicing clients
Highrise – again, for managing clients.

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