No doubt that knowing the field is essential, doing a job means to be able to answer many questions and issues evolving in the process. However what is also of high importance though sometimes keeps a low profile is an ability to organize the workflow. So apart from having a question what to perform there is one to consider and which is how to do it.
Having the right tool for any job is important. If we have already started talking about freelancing, let’s continue and highlight some simple and useful tools for working online.
For freelancers interested in making the most efficient use of their time, the following list of tools can be vitally important. For example, educational tools can help improve your skills to give you a competitive advantage. Other tools help you find jobs. Still, others can help with the mundane tasks that come with running a business.
Here’s a breakout of some of our favorite tools for 2018:
1. Buffer is an excellent tool which is created to help you to save your time managing your social media. Buffer is a simpler and easier way to schedule posts, track the performance of your content, and manage all your accounts in one place. You can schedule posts into the future on Instagram, Twitter (including native RTs), or any social platform. There’s a social media calendar so you can see at a glance what’s happening and the analytics tools are great. This tool is free.
2. Freelancy is a time tracker, project management and invoicing software for individuals and teams. It helps you keep track of your time and earnings, bill your clients and provides you with detailed reports. This tool isn’t free, you have a free trial admission for the first 14 days after you need to buy it but it’s pretty cheap considering the platform gives you time and labor, project tracking, and invoice for $29.90 for life. The trial period is fully functional so you can get an access to all the functions and after this period is over your data is stored but some of the services won’t be available.
3. Trello, a superbly simple task management tool, inspired by Kanban, a scheduling system for lean manufacturing, would you believe. Make boards, lists, and cards to organize and prioritize your projects. It’s completely free with unlimited boards, lists, cards, members, checklists, and attachments.
4. Google Drive is the best among free tools. You can store files of any format with Google Drive, you can get free 15 GB for storing photos and tables, audio and video files in the cloud and then you’ll be able to share them with others for group collaboration. The basic provided service is free. Using Google Drive makes your life easier. The benefits are the following:
– You can open files in your Drive from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
– You can get online and offline access to your files
– You can easily collaborate with colleagues as soon as you allow other users to view, edit and download your files
– You also get a free Gmail account.
5. Grammarly is an awesome tool for editing. Grammarly’s free writing app will make sure your messages, documents, and social media posts are clear, mistake-free, and impactful. Grammar checker instantly eliminates grammatical errors and enhances your writing. And it is also free for some basic services.
6. MailChimp automatically helps you find and connect with your audience so you can sell more stuff. This application offers powerful automation that handles the marketing stuff so you can focus on the rest of your business.
MailChimp integrates with all the major e-commerce providers so you can use your purchase data to send personalized campaigns and better understand how your marketing affects your bottom line. Pre-built marketing automation creates room to focus on strategy. Welcome, re-engage, and follow up with the people who matter to you. From one intuitive hub, freelancers can run multiple marketing campaigns for clients. It’s easy to design a cool email, upload a list, and schedule a blast.
7. DeskTime is an awesome tool that is perfect for business owners, designers, developers, accountants and many others types of freelancers and entrepreneurs. It allows you to keep track of people that you are employing, including the ability to automatically create timesheets lowering your payroll processing costs, and allowing you to see who is working, for how long, and at what hours. A must-have for freelancers and business owners employing others.
8. Slack is a free tool for communication. It gives everyone a shared “workspace” where conversations are organized and accessible. Slack is the fastest growing business application in history. Millions of people around the world use Slack to bring their teams together, make sense of their work, and drive their business forward.
9. Make free voice or video calls, share files or send instant messages with Skype – a great way to stay connected with clients or suppliers, wherever they might be in the world. You can also make calls to landlines or mobiles by adding credit to your account. And for an additional monthly subscription, you can also set up your own landline-style number to receive calls.
10. Zervant, a slick online tool that’s easy to use and, wait for it, completely free. No catches, fees or hidden costs – you can send unlimited invoices, estimates, and quotes. You can also add your own product and client database, all invoice formats are covered (paper, PDF, email) and you can see who’s paid, who hasn’t and who needs chasing. And when it comes to self-assessment, you can export all your financial data to your accountant in either Excel or PDF format.
Freelancers have the difficult task of managing all of their activities, work expenditures, and productivity, as they have only themselves to account for. Being a freelancer demands you to be updated with every single day. You’d better be on the lookout! There are new tools constantly cropping up that freelancers can take advantage of. The point is to find out which tools you need to set up on your freelancing adventure and pick the best ones with the lowest price point to give yourself a professional look and feel.
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