8 Apps and Websites For The Freelancer
Freelancing can be hard. You don't have a structure or protocol that tells you what to do or how to work, and you don't have a team to bounce ideas off. You're out there on your own feeling your way through and usually you are trying to balance all areas of a business at once, often without experience! But there are tools out there that help you get organised and appear more professional, taking some of the load off so you can spend more time working in your field of expertise and less time figuring out tricky graphic design or digital marketing. Here are eight of the tools that I use!
A great, free resource for managing your extensive to-do lists across your devices. Wunderlist lets you create categories and sub-categories to divvy up your tasks between work and your personal life, and breakdown the list even further into specific projects. The best bit is you can add things on your phone while on the go, then have the resource open on your laptop when you get back to work.
A free email management tool. I've been using this for years now. MailChimp is free to use up until 2,000 subscribers, or you can opt-in for a basic plan (e.g. $10/50 subscribers) or the highest level plan ($200/month). MailChimp lets you create sign-up lists, manage your subscribers, create and send emails to your lists, and view the analytics of who has opened their email and engaged with the content inside. I can't imagine life without it!
An amazing free graphic design tool, used to create images like this blog's cover image. I've been using it to create my social media graphics for quite a while! It's free to create your own layouts and you can either import images or use their images for a maximum of US$1 each.
A paid phone app to overlay text and create graphics for social media. I'm loving it lately because it's so quick and easy to create images on the go and have them posted within 5 minutes. It costs $8 so isn't ideal for personal use, but is a worthy investment if you're creating any quotes or word overlay images for your business.
A free or paid Instagram planning tool! Recommended for scheduling your Instagram content for up to two weeks in advance, allowing you to drag and drop your Instagram feed into your desired layout before locking them into a schedule. Set your Instagram captions to save you time, and make changes at any time.
- Link In Profile
A paid service that creates a link to put in your Instagram bio which directs them to every link you have placed in your image captions. If you type the url for a link in each caption, that image then appears in the linkinprofile feed so the follower can choose to click on the relevant image and take them straight to that link. This overcomes the challenge of trying to direct your followers to various places on the Internet at once.
A website where you can grab a variety of online services starting from only $6-$7 AUD (depending on the exchange rate). Fiverr connects you with users that provide graphic design, marketing strategy, videos, audio recordings, writing, editing, translating, and anything else your heart can desire.
A website that seriously helps me by preventing me from putting on distracting music or TV shows. It's a mindfulness app others use during meditation, but I choose to use as white noise in the background as I work. It's especially comforting late at night when it's too quiet!
This list is far from exhaustive, and I'm sure I'll add many more to it over the coming months.
Tell me, what resources couldn't you live without?