Posted on 9th July 2018 by Maddy Abela
It can be difficult knowing how to organise yourself as a freelancer, but here are the essential tools to keep in your toolkit if you are at any stage of your freelancing career.
Remember the milk
This app has probably one of the best names ever. Remember the milk is the perfect tool to keep you on track and remind you of things you've got to get done. And guess what? It's free!
Another super useful tool (that also has an animal-related name) is Mailchimp. Mailchimp is essentially an assistant who can help you launch an email marketing campaign. So, if you want to tell your clients about a really cool project you're working on Mailchimp makes the whole process a lot easier and smoother.
A great way of measuring your levels of productivity is by using a service called RescueTime. RescueTime can do a bunch of different cool things such as blocking distracting websites (so you don't spend all your time reading epic ERIC articles); logging what you've done in a day and setting alerts so you know how long you've spent on a particular task.
And... inhale. Noisli is honestly one of my favourite tools to use if I want to focus on a task or if I need to destress a little. I don't like sitting in silence but listening to your favourite tunes can also cause an issue if they become distracting. Noisli is an extension you can add to your laptop or any device that plays calming sounds that you can adjust to your liking. And... exhale.
Sketchboard is a really incredible tool that helps gather you and your team around a virtual whiteboard. How it works is that you can pitch ideas, for instance, or brainstorm new ones in real time and get feedback from peers instantly. Thank you Sketchboard!
If you like expenses and you know it clap your hands. Okay, if you clapped your hands I have a lot of respect for you but am also in a bit of shock. As far as I'm concerned, expenses are a bit of a pain. Luckily, Expensify can do all the dirty work for you. From receipt scanning to reimbursement, using Expensify can help you keep on top of your finances without making you want to fall asleep from sheer boredom.
Need a way to manage all the projects your working on? Life can get busy and that's where Wunderlist comes in. Not only can you use Wunderlist to prioritise daily tasks, but you can also use it if there are other less interesting errands you have to run.
Asana is a great way to track progress on projects in a collaborative way. With over 100 integrations such as Microsoft Excel and Gmail, you can have everything that relates to one project in one place!
Now time to get serious. It can be difficult to know the legal terms and finer details when it comes to taking out loans or selling your work to clients. Shake is a huge helping hand in making sure both parties are happy with the transaction, so you can continue making art you love.
Toggl is a time tracker, that enables you to be super productive whilst it manages your time for you. How nice! It is also super easy to use so you won't waste time trying to navigate around the app.
Written by Maddy Abela
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