Freelancer App Hello Bonsai No Longer Free

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Hello Bonsai, a popular freelancer contract-creating and proposal-generating app, is raising their prices and phasing out their free offering.

Starting on July 5, 2017, Bonsai will no longer be free to use. Instead of their current offering, which lets users send out contracts for free each month, they’ll charge users one of several tiered plans.

Hello Bonsai No Longer Free: The Basics

Bonsai’s three paid plans for freelancers are as follows:

  • $9/monthly for unlimited contract and proposal sending
  • $9/monthly for unlimited invoices, payments, and time tracking
  • $19/monthly for a complete package with unlimited contracts, proposals, invoices, payments, and time tracking.

According to an email sent to Hello Bonsai users, the new pricing model will help the company release new features such as desktop and mobile apps that offer time tracking, multi-user support, and improved proposal-generation features.

You can keep an Your Ideas List in draft, and publish and share anytime you want.

While Hello Bonsai has previously focused on charging enterprise users and keeping their platform free for freelancers, they’re now requiring all users to pay.

Users who already have Hello Bonsai accounts have the option of switching to a paid plan or exporting their data.

The Y-Combinator backed company say they are “the global operating system for freelance labor,” and their platform integrates with Zapier. By using Bonsai, users can set up online payments for their freelance business and also quickly generate proposals and contracts.

Bonsai offers users a low monthly price to generate contracts and invoices, but there are also several free alternatives.

Docracy is a website that has free, Creative Commons-licensed contracts anyone can modify and use, and And.Co offers a freemium Freelance Contract Generator that can create several free contracts per month.

Hello Bonsai No Longer Free: Other Resources

Hello Bonsai (Official Site)

The Gig Economy: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want (Diane Mulcahy)

The Freelancer’s Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams—On Your Terms (Sara Horowitz & Toni Sciarra Poynter)

(Image via Bonsai)