Going freelance is certainly one of the best ways to reclaim your life and get the lifestyle you have always wished for, but if you want to make the most of it, you will need some tools to help you out.
In this article, we look at some of the best accounting and management tools that we recommend and list our top 10:
- Trello – This is a great app for organising all your projects and keeping a to-do list that is relevant. You can create various columns to group things together such as an actions column, a research column and a questions column. You can also share your sheet with your client so that they can add to it and everyone can keep up with the project as it progresses.To download a copy, visit: https://trello.com.
- Google Docs – Like Dropbox, Google Docs is ideal for freelancers – especially writers – who need to keep lots of documents handy. Create folders and share safely to organise your work and make sure that your clients are all kept up to speed.To download a copy, visit: http://dropbox.com.
- Zervant – Zervant is a great system for invoicing. It keeps track of everything for you and lets you take control of your finances. Much easier than trying to maintain a spreadsheet for sure!To download a copy, visit: https://www.zervant.com.
- Hootsuite – When you have multiple social accounts and you want to appear as though you are online all the time, scheduling is the best option. Hootsuite will allow users to schedule for 3 social accounts for free and it easy to set up and use.To download a copy, visit: http://hootsuite.com.
- Rebtel – If you are a travelling freelancer, Rebtel allows you to make international calls much more easily and ensures a clear connection too. There are lots of offers available and Rebtel will always offer you the lowest price.To download a copy, visit: https://www.rebtel.com.
- Wakelet – Gathering together a portfolio when your work is scattered across the internet is really annoying but with Wakelet all you need to do is copy and paste the address and your work will be added. This is an easy method and you can create folders too.To download a copy, visit: https://wakelet.com.
- Klok – Time management is difficult for the best of us but when you are freelance every minute counts. Klok helps you track how much time you are spending on a project and which aspects of the project you are spending most time on. It sounds a bit OTT but if you are struggling to manage your time, this is what you need.To download a copy, visit: http://www.getklok.com.
- Prezi – Prezi is presentation software but better than PowerPoint. You can edit on the fly using your tablet and save online so it will never be lost. In fact, you could just send the Prezi link to your client and let them click through in their own time.To download a copy, visit: https://prezi.com.
- Slack – If you are looking for something less formal than endless emails but not attached to your personal social media, Slack is what you need. It allows you to use your work email to set up a forum for chatting including video calls and it is fully integrated with other apps like Docs, Trello and Dropbox.To download a copy, visit: https://slack.com.
- PayPal – PayPal is one of the easiest ways to bill people and get paid. It’s free to use and easy to connect to your bank account for instant payment.To download a copy, visit: https://www.paypal.com.