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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?