There are hundreds of resources and platforms built for freelancers, some of which you may have already used in a full-time role. Everyone has their pick for the best time-management, invoicing, budgeting or emailing tool, but if you find yourself blindly searching Google looking for a place to start, try out these six first.
1. Boomerang — boomeranggmail.com
Boomerang is a plugin for Gmail that can solve all sorts of problems (some you may not even know you had!) Maybe you are working deep into the night and want to schedule an email to be sent the next morning so a client does not know you were cramming. Maybe you are sending many pitches and want an automated reminder to follow up on a message if you do not receive a response within a few days. Whatever it may be, Boomerang is an easy, free plugin that will certainly help you in some way.
2. Freelance Rate Explorer — hellobonsai.com/freelance-rates
Bonsai, a budgeting software for freelancers, has a useful Freelance Rate Explorer that can help you set your prices when you are first starting out as a freelance designer or developer. By selecting your location, experience and skills, you can see a quick diagram of what other comparable freelancers are charging and better understand how to price your own work.
3. Toggl — toggl.com
Toggl is one of the most useful tools available online for time tracking; useful for logging time for clients that pay hourly or just for monitoring your activity on projects. Compared to some other time trackers, Toggl is modern and easy to use and it offers reports that you can leverage to increase your own productivity. The platform has a few membership plans for different sized businesses and currently offers a 30-day trial to see if it is right for you.
4. Wunderlist — wunderlist.com
Wunderlist helps with to-do lists for your freelance work and as well as household tasks or grocery shopping. Whatever you may need to keep track of, Wunderlist will add ease to your list-making strategy by allowing you to seamlessly update lists on multiple devices and assign tasks to other people if you have a freelance partner or a few employees.
5. WorkFrom — workfrom.co
Instead of navigating through Google results for “Cafe with WiFi” or “Coffee shop with outlets”, consider creating a free WorkFrom account to get a full list of vetted locations for freelancers to work from. Self-described as “the world’s largest database of crowdsourced local workspaces,” WorkFrom will take the pain out of trying to find a nearby location to work from for a few hours, no matter what city you are in. If you want to make the process of finding a space even easier, consider signing up for an affordable coworking membership, like with KettleSpace for just $25 per month.
If you are transitioning from full-time employee to freelancer or are just looking for a way to step up your productivity, we hope these tools are helpful. If you are looking for a few bigger picture tips to help with the transition to freelancing, check out our list of top tips for freelancers.