Running a small business as a freelancer can be a very difficult task. You are forced to wear many hats that in a traditional company would be handled by multiple people. You are simultaneously acting as the talented service provider, bookkeeper, marketer and custom support specialist. Luckily, with the rise in popularity of freelancing in recent years, there has also been a sudden rise in the number of tools that are available that can help you to manage your business as well, some of which are specifically designed for freelancers who are looking to lessen their load and take their career to the next level. Here are a few must-have tools that can help you to manage the busy-work within your business and better serve your clients.
Time Management: Rescue Time
Rescue time is an excellent app that is designed to help you better focus on work. It runs in the background of your computer (or mobile devices) while you work throughout the day, tracking the time that you spend in a few different application and websites, allowing you to accurately see how you spent time throughout the day. You can generate detailed reports that provide a lot of insight into your time management skills. Additionally, it allows you to set alerts to let you know when you have spent a certain amount of time on a specific activity, as well as blocking distracting websites that you typically visit throughout the day. This is ideal for managing your time more efficiently. PCMAG.com called it the best time management app that they had ever tested.
Money Management: Mint
Mint is the world’s most popular money management app, covering your complete financial outlook from the big picture, down to the details that allow you to get ahead of your finances. The all-in-one solution provided by Mint automatically pulls and categorizes information and transactions from your bank accounts. Although it does require a little bit of baby sitting from time to time, almost the entire process is handled for you through Mint’s intuitive system. Additionally, Mint is an excellent solution for both personal and business expenses, which makes it an excellent choice for any entrepreneur who has an incorporated company as well as personal finances.
Social Media: Buffer App
Reaching out and keeping in touch through social media is absolutely imperative for freelancers. Buffer App allows you to schedule Tweets, Facebook shares and Linkedin updates in advance so that you do not have to login to your accounts each day and think of things to share with your followings. They are an excellent solution for anyone that is looking to grow their following on social media, but do so in a more hands-off way.
FreshBooks is the most popular invoicing software available today for a good reason – it is an excellent tool that makes invoicing super simple. Putting together invoices for all of your clients as well as reaching out to them for payment can take a lot of time. FreshBooks handles all of that for you, making it easy for you to not only send invoices, but track payments and send notifications to your clients when their payments are late. FreshBooks is an excellent solution for any freelancer that consistently struggles with invoicing clients and staying on top of payments.
Customer Service: Snappy
We couldn’t make a post about excellent tools for freelancers without including our own, Snappy. Our tool provides any freelancer with a fully functional email help desk and knowledge base that makes it easy to answer questions from clients, receive revision notices and generally provide an outstanding service. You can reply directly from email notifications, and integrate anything and everything with our excellent API. Snappy allows you to be a better freelancer for every one of your clients. We also offer a 30-day free trial!
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