Six Essential Online Business Tools for Freelancers

By / February 4, 2016

Being your own boss is never easy. Whether you are operating a small business or doing freelance, it is a challenge to keep yourself organized and on track. Fortunately, modern technology has made such organizational challenges more accessible than ever thanks to clever apps. Get yourself and your business in the best shape possible with these handy online tools.

  1. Skype. Skype gives you the ability to videoconference with others anywhere in the world. This can help small businesses find investors and build clientele, and it can be especially useful for freelancers who need to connect with their sources. Skype also supports chat, file sharing and text messaging. Best of all, these basic services are all free, and the app is available on all operating systems.
  2. Invoice Generator App – Even if you don’t want the overhead of a comprehensive accounting solution, then you’ll still need to be able to generator quotes and invoices for clients. This is a free invoice generator that makes it super easy and quick to create a branded and professional looking quote, pro-forma or invoice as a PDF you can send to your client.
  3. Pushover. Most entrepreneurs have to manage multiple portable devices, which can make keeping track of messages difficult. That is why Pushover is so useful. Pushover connects all accounts so that every message is accessible from any linked device. This unification process allows for better communication and saves a lot of time. It does come with a one-time fee, but it can be downloaded for Android and Apple devices.
  4. My Minutes. When you work for yourself, you have a lot of freedom. This can be a dangerous thing if you struggle with time management skills. My Minutes is an app that tracks how much time you spend on your devices, allowing you to see exactly where your time has gone at the end of the day. Better still, the app allows you to set goals and tracks when you accomplish each one.
  5. Expensify. Even if you have a profitable business, keeping track of the finances is daunting. Expensify allows you to track your business charges. You can do this by linking your credit or debit card, but you can also take pictures of your receipts. Either way, Expensify will make an expense report and can be used by all employees as well.
  6. Dropbox. Dropbox is the premier tool for file sharing. Users can upload files into the cloud and share the link with others. Obviously, this tool is critical for freelancers, but it also has a number of small business applications as well. Cost will vary depending on your business needs.

Working for yourself means making the hard choices. These online tools, however, are the easiest choices you will make today.

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