After business started to pick up as a freelancer I needed a planner, scheduler, and invoice creator. In short, a project management program made for a freelancer. After doing a bit of Google searching, Cushion came up on my radar. I thought it looked just right so I thought I’d give them a try. After a thirty-day trial and a half a month with the paid version I can say this product is great (and I’m not paid to say that.)
I approve of how they show the costs of the company, how the programs works, and how simple it is to invoice people. Overall, this program is great for freelancers with multiple clients and a need to track time, invoice clients, and budget. While I do think there are a few things Cushion could improve on, it’s a great start to a perfect program for freelancers.
If I had to ask for three things I’d ask for integration with Todoist, tracking based on word count for invoices, and a better way to compare spending to income. My top three things? The ability to invoice to stripe right from the app, the time tracking with notes and project, and how simple it looks and works overall. I hate clutter and this is perfect!
Detailed Cushion Review:
Cushion is a breeze to learn and use. To make it even better, they have a chat that you can ask questions on (which they respond personally on!) Should you need it (I didn’t) they have a whole selection of help guides and tutorials. In the end, whether you are just using it for a few projects or a whole lot, it’s a great program that’s easy to use.
Cushion has integration with Stipe as well as your calendar feed and an availability badge that you can put onto your site should you desire to. You can also import the information you have from Harvest, FreshBooks, FreeAgent, and Xero though I have not tried these as I had no reason to.
Cushion is $8 a month for the basic package and $18 a month for everything. They have a $28 a month for the beta testing program but I don’t see a reason to pay for beta testing. You get tons of features which you can take a detailed look at on their plans page.
Though I may sing, its praises, I was in fact not paid to write about Cushion. Nonetheless, I love it. First, It’s perfect for the freelancer with a few jobs and a need for tracking, budgeting, and invoicing. Next, it’s between $8 a month and $18 a month. Though you do have the option to pay extra to be a beta tester, I didn’t see a need for it. Lastly, It can integrate directly with stripe and send all kinds of invoices. Best of all, it has a 30-day trial! You don’t even have to enter your credit card information. It’s the perfect way to test a program with no need to worry about forgetting about it and getting charged.