Freelancing is becoming more and more attractive compared to traditional work.
The latest Freelancing in America in Upwork found that the number of people who freelance full-time increased from 17 percent in 2014 to 28 percent in 2019. This means that people are starting to see that freelancing is a viable long-term career choice instead of just a way to make extra money. In a separate report from Fiverr, seven out of ten freelancers in the United States were highly satisfied with their work. With unemployment rising in the country due to the pandemic, more people are relying on the gig economy for income.
Whether you’re a true-blue freelancer from the start, got pushed into this career path because of recent events, or got into it because you’re tired of doing nothing all day, you need the right tools to keep your business productive. And it’s not just hardware like a good computer and ergonomic peripherals. You also need software. Innovative software gives you an edge in productivity and improves your overall quality of life.
Here are essential applications you should try out.
For a lot of freelancing jobs, productivity programs like word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation apps are crucial, especially ones that allow cloud saving and collaboration. Many options are online, but the best suite has to be Google Docs. Its free plan provides collaboration tools and 15 GB worth of cloud storage space. Plus, you can scale up your space with relatively affordable subscriptions.
One of the major disadvantages of this platform used to be that it’s online-only. Now, these apps allow you to create and edit your documents offline and save them in the cloud later, in case you experience any outages while working from home.
Financial management apps
Whether you see it as an advantage or disadvantage, being your own boss means you’ll have to manage and account for your own finances. You need to keep track of client payments through invoices and how much you’re earning every week and month.
With financial management apps, like Freshbooks, Quickbooks, and Zoho Books, you can do it all without hiring an accountant or clerk. These use cloud and even AI technology to help you provide accurate and organized invoices, receive payments directly to your bank account, track your profitability, and chase down late payments with just a few clicks. The apps offer free plans and trials, but you’ll need to get a subscription of just a few dollars a month to unlock their complete features.
To earn big when freelancing, you need to take on multiple tasks every day. It can get overwhelming if you’re just listing them at the top of your head. Plus, sticky notes just add clutter to your desk. Productivity tools, like Trello and Basecamp, allow you to list and organize your tasks in different ways. You can arrange them by client or even by their progress (from open to completed). Just drag and drop each task accordingly.
Whether it’s your first foray into the gig economy or you’re a freelancing veteran, it’s always a joy to use new technology and applications that make your work easier. Even if some of them require you to stay online or pay for a subscription, these programs are definitely worth it. They make everything from word processing to even managing your savings and taxes a breeze, so you can focus more on providing impressive results for your clients.