Freelancers must do a lot of work. Not only that you have your clients tasks on your back, you also have to run your own business. Freelancers operate just like a small business, you have to take care of your legal work, project proposals, invoicing, tax work, marketing, answering to emails and so on. This can take a lot of time and energy, the worst thing is that this is your non-paid time. Continue reading to learn about the Top 10 Must-Have Tools For Freelancers you can use to make your life easier.
FreedCamp is a project management and collaboration tool, and it’s free. With a free account you get, unlimited users, unlimited projects and 200MB of storage. For $2.49 per month you get 1GB of storage. If you feel that’s not it, you can check out Basecamp.
As a freelancer, you are the one responsible for your legal, accounting, bookkeeping and tax work. This requires a lot of work in order to fulfill tax requirements, invoicing and budgeting. FreeAgent is a bookkeeping and invoicing application specifically designed for small businesses and freelancers.
In todays market, it is hard to stand out of the crowd without a portfolio or a blog. Not only you can present your work, blogs today can help you acquire new customers. By writing good content you can position yourself as an expert in the field, and your prospects might just hire you if you have the social proof for your expertise. You can run your blog on www.wordpress.com or download the CMS from www.wordpress.org and install it on your own server. This site also runs on WordPress. 🙂
With SlideShare you can show off your work and present your work to your clients.
Although some say that email is dead, by my experience email marketing has the greatest conversion rate, and I don’t see it changing soon. If you need a tool for lead generation or newsletter marketing, MailChimp is the right tool for you. It is simple to use, has a free subscription plan and it can be integrated with your social media and a lot of other apps. This OptIn collects emails to a MailChimp list – while you are here, leave your email. 🙂
Project proposals can be project by itself. Freelancers spend a lot of time creating and sending project proposals, and it can be exhausting. Now you can create great project proposals with templates, signatures and branding ready for use. Bidsketch helps you save time and energy.
Being a freelancer, you probably have accounts on social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and so on, are for freelancers great tools for finding prospected clients and to share your ideas and experience by networking. Now, if your primary job is not managing social media for your clients, updating your social media can take you some time. Hootsuite is a great tool that helps you save time by connecting your social media accounts in one place. It allows you to send updates to multiple social networks, automate and even schedule posts to be published even if you are not online. You can also use Buffer if you like.
Way too many times I have lost my project documents and data on a broken USB drive or external HDD. You know that feel, right? When you experience such frustrating moments, you really start to appreciate cloud storage. The good thing is, you can access your resources even if you are not on your home or office computer, you can even retrieve and upload files from your smartphone or whatever device you are working on. If you don’t like DropBox, you can use Google Drive. I use both.
If you use tools mentioned in this article, you sure are about to have a lot of passwords. 1Password allows you to organize and manage your passwords.
There are hundreds of tools and apps you can use for your freelancing business, so it is very hard to narrow it down to just 10. After all, the tools you use and need depends on the services your provide. I am sure that I missed some important plugins, but I just mentioned some of the ones I used and I think you might find useful too.
If you use or know some tools I missed, post it in the comments!
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