Productivity tools any freelancer must have

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Being self-employed has great benefits; one of them is working on different and exciting projects and not having to do the same tedious tasks each and every day. Freelancing grants most of us the opportunity to work from almost anywhere, but also means planning for projects, time management, marketing and invoicing clients – falls squarely on your plate of responsibilities.Updated 2016

Let’s have a look at four tools that can make your freelancing life more free!

Taskboard


 

Every freelancer has at one point had to juggle projects from a number of clients, each one at a different stage of completion and totally different. Now Taskboard is just what its name says, it is a tool to help you keep track of your tasks. Through an easy to use clean interface that won’t take you long to get comfortable with, you will be able to easily keep track of tasks and your progress.
 

Its absolute best feature is that unlike other project management tools that require you to open an account, web based and paid. Taskboard is a free, open-source program that you can download and install it. You can customize colors, add attachments and have access to a full history of your board activities. 

Price: Free
 


Buffer
 


 

We all know social media is the best way to spread the word about your services and attract new clients.
But how often do we get the time to post updates? Updating ones status and sharing on social media
can prove to be a chore – unless of course you have a smart social sharing tool like Buffer!
 
Buffer lets you share posts and updates; at scheduled intervals, on social media platforms like twitter,
facebook and LinkedIn. It’s pretty simple to use, what you do is add what you want to share to your
Buffer queue and it will be shared at intervals throughout the day. You also have the option of setting
your own custom schedule times or using Buffer to get the optimal sharing times for you.
Price: basic account is free; Premium is 2/year

 
 


Google Calendar

 


 

Google calendar is free, packed with many great features and a perfect time and task tracking tool. Data 
can be synced between your phone or tablet and the calendar, fairly easily. Google calendar makes a 
good alternative.
 
Price: free
 


 
Wave

 

 

Wave is your all in one accounting station. It allows you to create invoices and quotations, send them to your clients, save them in a number of formats including Excel or PDF file. What I like most is that it has the option of sending reminders for overdue invoices – very handy when it comes to clients who seem to conveniently forget you at the end of the month.
 

Wave can save you enormous amounts of time since it centralizes all your financial activities, like paying bills, checking bank account balances and keeping track of your invoices. It has a very attractive and clean user interface with nice graphical representations of your business financial activities.
 

Price: Free
 


Time Doctor
 

 

Time Doctor is an accurate time tracking and time management software that helps you get a lot more done each day. It is a web-based solution that provides time tracking, computer work session monitoring, reminders, screenshot recording, invoicing, reporting tools, integrations and so much more. 

Time Doctor can help freelancers achieve a better work life balance by facilitating work from home, and remote working arrangements; make the most of the time spent working while on the computer (reducing time spent on non-work related distractions); organize their tasks and priorities, as well as manage their schedule; reduce work related stress through effective organization and more importantly, can help quickly and effectively scale their business.

Price: $9.99 user/month (Free 30-day trial)

 

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Lovey Pale

Lovey Pale is a graphic/web designer who is living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa. His passions include writing and photography. Whenever he is not in front of the computer; you will find him enjoying time with his family or reading a good book.

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