Freelancers have to juggle a lot of tasks at once. Time management, marketing, communicating with clients and keeping track of finances are all key to a successful freelancing career. Managing all that can be quite tricky, especially since you need to have leftover time to actually do your work as well.Fortunately enough, there are some great smartphone and tablet apps out there, which will help you be more organized and efficiently handle everything your business life throws at you. This article introduces a list of six helpful mobile apps available across most platforms to get you started.
There are lots of great apps that help you keep track of the time you spend on certain tasks and make sure you don’t slack off.
HoursTracker, for one, is great for freelancers since it not only tracks the time you spend on a particular project, but calculates the pricing for you as well. You can set up an hourly rate and multiple projects, allowing you to easily switch between what you’re working on at will. The Lite version of HoursTracker is free, while the full one comes at a price of 0.99.
Toggl is another great time tracking app, which has the option of team work included in it as well. That being said, it is a very solid app for a one-man team. It can churn out insightful reports, which give you an overview of how you spent your time on a project, helping you analyze your workflow. The basic version of Toggle comes for free while the Pro plan costs a month.
Keeping track of your finances
Managing your expenses can be time-consuming and extremely hard to do at times, but there are apps that make it much, much easier.
Mint, for example, is an awesome app that helps you keep your budget just where you want it. You can create a personal budget, designed for your lifestyle and financial situation. Mint will even alert users in case their spending habits exceed their budget. It is free as well, but is unfortunately supported only in the US and Canada as of now. However, freelancers outside these regions have nothing to fear – there are lots of options for them as well.
CurdBee is another amazing app that has tons of features. With it, you can not only track your spending, but send out estimates and invoices and get paid online as well. All of these features are already available in the free version of CurdBee. You can also pay or monthly to get a more complete accounting package.
Having an easy and fast way to share your files is essential when working as a freelancer. Whether you’re working on a big project and have to share an important piece of information with your team, want to access it from anywhere or you just ran out of space on your computer, having an online platform where you can easily store your files for others and you to see is a great thing indeed. That’s probably why surveys have shown that Dropbox, one of the best file-sharing apps out there, is the one most popular among freelancers as well. Storage space starts at 2GB with more available as you invite friends, connect Twitter or Facebok accounts, or participate in special events. Upgrading to Dropbox Pro for more space is also an option, but the pricing starts at .99 monthly for 100GB of space. If you don’t want to use Dropbox for whatever reason, SpiderOak is a decent alternative. It promises a high level of security and the ability to restore deleted files to sweeten the deal.
Those are just six basic apps any freelancer can use to better manage his business. There are tons of others on the market, many of them free of charge and available for Android and iOS. So feel free to explore and find the apps that will help you organize and improve your work while sparing you lots of time and trouble.
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