10 productivity tools freelancers love
As a freelancer, you are probably looking for the most efficient ways to increase productivity and make more profit. Here are 10 online tools that you will love.
Have lots of projects on the go that you need to organise easily? Want to be able to share and manage workloads with other freelancers or your own team members? Then Trello could be the solution.
Trello is a collaboration tool that organises your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process.
You can invite as many people as you need to collaborate on your project for free, share documents, videos and other attachments, create checklists with due dates, plus it has an app for iPhone, iPad, Android phones, tablets, watches, and Kindle Fire tablets. So you can keep in touch wherever you go.
Trying to arrange meetings can be a pain, going backwards and forwards with dates and trying to find a solution when neither of you can see the other calendar can be a nightmare!
Step forward Acuity. It’s an automated scheduling service that syncs with your calendar. Allowing you to book more clients, get paid on time, automate and organise.
Others can see your online Acuity calendar, find a time that suits them and book an appointment, all without you having any input. You control your availability and the type of appointments available, handy if you have more than one service or business.
It has multiple integrations that can make booking meetings effortless and straightforward.
If you need documents signed regularly, then HelloSign could be just what you’re looking for.
HelloSign allows you to electronically request and add legally valid signatures to any document, from new hire agreements to loans to NDAs. Everyone gets a copy, and you can see immediately when someone has signed.
If you often need to send large files to people securely, then you will know how difficult that can sometimes be. WeTransfer is a simple way to send your data around the world. Share large files up to 2GB for free, or they have a paid-for service enabling you to send up to 20GB and store up to 1TB.
Lastpass is a password manager that protects you and your business from password-related data breaches. It can generate random, high-strength passwords for any websites and applications you access, alongside storing all your passwords securely in a vault which you can access across all your devices.
You can also store secure documents such as your passport or driving licence details, credit card information, and you can create and share secure notes. Lastpass can be used individually or set up to use with a team, having full control over who accesses what information. Plus, it gives you the ability to securely share passwords with third parties without them ever knowing what the password actually is, as it can launch and log in to a site from the vault.
Zoom is a leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars. Allowing you to organise meetings online, across multiple time zones, with the ability to also record any discussions should you need to. It also integrates with other software such as Acuity to help increase the efficiency of your operations.
Slack is a single place for messaging, tools and files – helping everyone save time and collaborate together. It enables you to create chat groups with other businesses, freelancers or just with the rest of your team. Keeping conversations organised in separate channels, as well as allowing direct messaging.
It can be a fantastic tool if you work remotely or need to collaborate with others who are in a different location. Helping you communicate with the correct team about relevant topics.
If you need to survey a group or get a specific set of data, then Typeform can help. Providing you with a platform to easily create questions in an approachable and friendly way that will get more results. You can create contact forms, quizzes, get employee feedback, and more. It’s easy to use for both you and whoever is filling out the form.
Sometimes just using the spellcheck function on your computer won’t cut it. Ensure you look professional by using Grammarly to check all your written content. It doesn’t just look at your spelling and grammar, it can also check the tone of your message. As well as suggesting alternative synonyms, so you don’t repeat the same word too often. It will also highlight if your text is too wordy and give you helpful suggestions on how to improve what you’ve written.
If newsletters are essential to growing your business, then Mailchimp is an app that allows you to create and send email and newsletter campaigns, while managing your contact lists. You can apply tags that will enable you to specify the groups you contact, as well as scheduling your campaigns, so you don’t have to worry about manually sending each one. It’s free for up to 2,000 subscribers and 10,000 emails per month, meaning you can give it a whirl before committing any money.
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