Essential Freelancing Tools
Having a great tool pack is essential as a Online Freelance since you will be relaying on those entirely. So make sure you have good, reliable laptop/desktop, best internet connection you can have, headset with mic and of course the old fashioned pen & note book when modern things fails.
Depending on your background and skills it is good to get to know softwares and apps that are “in” in your industry. Get yourself familiar what they can do and why companies use them – you do not need to buy any of those – but make sure you are up-to-date on your industry buzz words and tools. When client asks – You know Mint? – you want to answer YES! Sometimes in recruiting its the little things that matter.
[h2a] Essential Tools [/h2a]
Tools are essential part of Online Freelancing so do make sure you have at least following four or similar tools:
[one_sixth][/one_sixth] [four_fifth_last]Skype.com offers you the ability to call for free anyone anywhere in the world as long as they have Skype account on their computer and/or smartphone. Calls via Skype are decent quality as long as the internet connection is good enough. In addition to audio calls you can have video calls and chat. I do not work single day without using Skype at least once! [/four_fifth_last]
[one_sixth][/one_sixth] [four_fifth_last]Paypal.com is convenient, easy and secure way to get paid. Whether you are using online freelancing sites or invoicing directly, Paypal is great tool to keep your bank account happy! Opening a Paypal account is free.[/four_fifth_last]
[one_sixth][/one_sixth] [four_fifth_last]Google Drive/Apps is great sharing and collaboration tool – a must have for freelancer. You have tools similar to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and much more. Multiple people can use one document or spreadsheet at the same time. Best of all, its free! Just sign up with Google Account and you get Google Drive for free, as well as many other great tools for freelancers.[/four_fifth_last]
[one_sixth][/one_sixth] [four_fifth_last]Dropbox.com helps you share documents, photos, designs, videos etc online quickly and easily without suffocating your inbox. Upload document to Dropbox and simply share the link to the other party. Dropbox offers safe, secure and convenient file sharing. Open free Dropbox account and grow your account if and when necessary.[/four_fifth_last]
I use above tools if not every day but at least once or twice a week. There are alternatives to all above and many of those will be featured on future blogs posts so do sign up to receive updates from the blog.
[h2a] Additional Tools [/h2a]
These are tools that I have tested, tried and have been using and can recommend. As with essential tools there are tons of alternatives out there so it is just matter finding right tool that suites your style. I’m fan on KISS- method so simpler and streamlined it is, the better.
[one_sixth][/one_sixth] [four_fifth_last]Trello.com (Organize anything, together) is simple, clear and easy way to stay organized when working with multiple clients. And its completely free! Trello is intuitive, collaborative and adapts to you. You can use it to keep track on projects, share tasks and much more. [/four_fifth_last]
[one_sixth][/one_sixth] [four_fifth_last]Rescuetime.com is small tool that helps you keep track on your work. As they say “RescueTime helps you figure out the answer by showing you how you spend your time on the computer”. Great little too to improve efficiency and track time whether it is your own time or your teams.[/four_fifth_last]
[one_sixth][/one_sixth] [four_fifth_last]Mint.com is a easy to use and simple financial tool to keep track on money coming in and going out. And its free to use! Not just only record spending and earning but you see great graphics on how things are going.[/four_fifth_last]
[one_sixth][/one_sixth] [four_fifth_last]WordPress.com is great option if you want to have, or really should have, a online presence. WordPress is used on thousands of websites and it is quite easy way to start a blog or website. There are tons of tutorials, themes and other non-techie tools available for WordPress.[/four_fifth_last]
[one_sixth][/one_sixth] [four_fifth_last]Toggle.com – insanely simple time tracking! Originally developed as an in-house tool but as it turned out so good it is now available to anyone. With Toggle you can easily track your time to make sure you are invoicing right customer. Check out their fantastic tool and sign up for free![/four_fifth_last]
[one_sixth][/one_sixth] [four_fifth_last]Rememberthemilk.com is an easy and simple way to keep track on your tasks, make lists – basically make sure you won’t forget something important! Milk works together with Gmail, Google Calendar, Evernote and works on top of Windows also on Android IOS, Blackberry. Rememberthemilk.com has free starter account and pro version.[/four_fifth_last]
With above tools you can good start on your Online Freelancing Career and you are already ahead with competitors! Its quite surprising how poorly some freelancers are prepared with regards to tools! Head over to our Blog to see reviews and comprehensive lists of tools.