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23 Fantastic Online Tools for Freelancers

23 Fantastic Online Tools for Freelancers

As global marketplaces become more easily reachable, freelancing is becoming a more popular way of supporting oneself. Freelancers can work from anywhere, choose projects based on personal interests, and can use their talents and spare time to supplement their income. Whether you’re a freelancer in the field of writing, design, web development, translation, marketing, or something else, you’ll have to wear many different hats to maintain your business and grow it; you’ll even have to deal with the perhaps less interesting aspects of business administration.

With so much on your plate, knowing how to be organized and self-motivating are essential. All of these demands mean that online tools can be particularly helpful in lightening the load of many of the tasks that freelancers must accomplish

Here are 10 great online tools to help you be more productive and organized to help you better manage your day.

1. Google Apps for Work

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Google offers professional email, online storage, shared calendars, video meetings and more. The apps are specifically designed for business and teams to share and collaborate securely. Because almost everyone uses Google and the interface is intuitive, these tools can also be used to effectively communicate with your clients.

2. WiseStamp 

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Use WiseStamp for a professional email signature and easily customizable templates. Use this dynamic signature to make it easier for clients to follow you on social media.

3. Dropbox



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Use Dropbox to safely, securely, and easily store all of your documents as well as share and access them on your desktop and mobile devices. You can also use Dropbox to collaborate with others on shared folders.

4. Streak



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Keep track of your client connections with an easy-to-use customer relations management (CRM) system inside Gmail.

5. Boomerang 

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This must-have app makes it simple to schedule emails to be sent later, reminds you to follow-up on emails you sent but didn’t receive a reply from, and reminds you to act on actionable emails.  The best part - it works within Gmail.

6. Trello 



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This is a fun and colourful online collaboration tool. Use drag-and-drop boards, lists and cards and separate projects by stage (ideas, to-do, doing, done), adding people as necessary.



 

7. HelloSign for Gmail 

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Getting an urgent signature is sometimes inevitable. With HelloSign you can sign, fill out, send, retrieve and save documents, hassle-free.

8. BidSketch  

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Save time and create professional bid proposals using BidSketch’s pre-built templates, landing pages and personal branding.

9. 24me



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Here is the ultimate personal assistant app that will seamlessly integrate your calendar, to-do list and notes.



10. Contact Me 

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Here’s the tool that will help you to easily manage all your business contacts, to-do lists and reminders. It syncs with Gmail and can be accessed anywhere.



11. Remember The Milk



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This is a great task manager that can be accessed through Gmail, Google calendar, Twitter and Evernote and can be synced with almost any portable mobile device (even BlackBerry!).



 

12. Doodle.com 



 

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  If you’ve ever had to arrange a meeting with several people, you know how time consuming it is. Save time. Use Doodle to make scheduling simple.

13. World Time Buddy 



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Using this useful tool you can compare multiple time zones and know in an instant what time it is anywhere in the world

14. Toggl



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With this great tool, you can manage your time by tracking it. It even works offline and then syncs, the next time you connect to the web.  



15. Focus Booster  



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Here’s another timer app to maximize your productivity. But instead of tracking your time, this timer features a large countdown clock that psychologically motivates you to finish your task before your time is up.



16. UberConference 



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This is a great app to use for your next conference call. You don’t need a pin number and the service is free and easy and practical. You’ll never have to figure out “who joined?” or ask “who said that?”

17. Google Voice 



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Google does it again with this great tool that makes calls between Google Voice users, free. You can also leave voicemail as easily as sending an email and much more.

18. Hellofax 



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It’s true. Some people still send faxes. Using Hellofax you can now conveniently send and receive faxes online.

19. Buffer 

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This is the easiest and most productive way to share interesting and relevant content with your clients and engage with them.

20. Hootsuite 



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Here’s a marvellous marketing tool to monitor your presence on social media. As the importance of your presence on social media grows, so does your need to listen to what is important for your clients.

21. Mint



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This is a fantastic money manager tool that will help you track and manage your cash flow, budget appropriately and pay bills instantly.  

22.  Shoeboxed



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Here is another helpful financial tool to keep you organized. Scan receipts and business cards and organize them into expense reports, accounting entries and contact lists.  

23. Canva 

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Here is a stupendously simple design tool to help you prepare images to use in social media, online presentations and printed materials. Canva makes professional graphics design easy.

What great tools are you using to help you be more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by Liat Behr
Liat is a content wordsmith at WiseStamp and copywriter at Ink of Imagination. She delights in creating and sharing valuable tips and helping businesses craft effective content. When she’s not writing content, she can be found in the world of fiction, embarking on adventures with her characters.
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