Open Source Tools for Freelancers

Accepted Session
Short form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 from 11:20am – 12:05pm in Steel


As a freelancer, you must be your own IT department. You are responsible for website hosting, backups, version control, project/time-tracking and invoicing. Finding inexpensive and maintainable solutions for these needs can be quite daunting. In this session, I will present an overview open-source solutions for these needs.


After nearly two years of full-time freelancing, I have learned a lot about maintaining my own website, making backups, managing version control, keeping track of time spent on projects, and invoicing tools. Come to this session where I will share much of what I’ve learned and present open source tools I have found essential for successful freelancing.

Topics covered:

  • How to choose among shared/virtual/dedicated/cloud hosting options.
  • Simple, effective options for making regular, local and off-site backups.
  • Painless ways to utilize version control.
  • Simple time-tracking and invoicing tools.

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