All freelancers should have a few special programs up their sleeve that make life a little easier. With multiple clients and multiple projects it may be difficult to keep track of every little detail as you should. Luckily creative minds like yourself have come up with solutions to keep you on task with projects. Below are some programs that freelancers from all industries can benefit from.
PayPal is an online payment system that makes getting paid and paying others a breeze. It’s completely secure and has a lot of extra benefits besides the ability to send and receive money at any time. Freelancers have the option to order a debit card to use anywhere that major cards are accepted. Funds are debited from the account and money can be withdrawn from an ATM at any time. Transfers can also easily be made to a bank account and only take a short amount of time to process.
Imagine a program that gives your client access to folders directly on your computer, but only the ones you want them to see. Dropbox is a file sharing program that connects you with your clients. Simply save work to the DropBox file on your computer and they’ll instantly have access to it. Just save word documents, excel sheets and more and it’ll also update in real time. Anything you can save to your computer can be shared on DropBox. The best part is – you get a significant amount of space for free. Purchasing more storage is easy and affordable as well.
3. Campaign Monitor
Email programs may be a dime a dozen but few provide the flexibility and features that Campaign Monitor does. Build email campaigns like a pro designer and coder with an easy to use platform that lets you customize just about anything. Enter your text, add pictures and before you know it you’ll have an email that’s ready to be sent out. Upload your contact list and only pay per how big your list is. Pricing is extremely affordable and once your email is sent you’ll have access to an in depth analytic dashboard that tracks opens, bounces, overall success and more.
Insightly is your go to project management system for big projects, small projects and even internal tracking. It integrates with Gmail and allows freelancers to store emails and note accounts when they’ve communicated with a client. Collaborate with others, set up tasks and to do lists and create projects that include multiple people. Insightly is also a great program to track work with other freelancers during collaborations. Easily see who has done what and what’s left to do on the list. With email reminders for tasks, you’ll never miss a deadline again.
Get all of the best freelancing job board sites in one easy to view and select place. Easily click over to JobPile and begin browsing jobs from many different websites without even logging in. See something you like? You’ll be lead to the site where you can easily apply, bid or show your interest. JobPile eliminates the weighty task of signing into and browsing multiple sites and pages of jobs to only apply to one or two for consideration.
There are many freelancing tools available to make your freelancing career a little better, more professional and easier. The best part? A lot of them are free! Take advantage of what the web has to offer and enjoy freelancing.