Building a freelance career is exciting and hard, all at the same time. Whether you are new to the industry or have years in the freelance industry, consider utilizing tools to help you reach your career goals.
The following are the top 10 tools you need to manage a freelance routine and build your career. From technology to applications, these are all essential to success in the field:
1. Computer or Laptop
One of the greatest devices that an individual can have when starting out in the freelance world, and one you probably have thought of already, is a computer and laptop.
Especially for writers or online journalists, these computers should come equipped with the right features. They should have enough memory space to hold projects, both past and present, as well as have a keyboard or easy to use attachments that make working comfortable and as easy on your body as possible.
2. Smartphone or Tablet
Though a computer is nice to have with you when you are working on projects, it is not always feasible to bring it with you everywhere you go. Tablets and smartphones, however, can bridge this lack-of-mobility-gap. Easy to put in your purse or workbag, these devices can keep you connected to your clients and in near constant communication when necessary.
3. Time Management Application
When it comes to making a freelance career successful, staying on top of deadlines with projects is a big must. For that reason, finding tools that can help you to stay on track and, ultimately, keep you moving in a productive direction is an important thing.
One such tool that can help you in achieving this end is a time management application. Downloadable to a phone or PC—and often FREE—these tools help you not only to stay on track but also help show you how or why you are losing steam.
Be it electronic or paper—or both—a calendar or planner is a vital tool for new and old freelancers alike. These gridded slices of heaven help by creating an overall outline of what is expected of you, different projects, and the deadlines that you will need to keep. If using an electronic calendar, consider syncing them all so that a change in one updates to all the others.
5. Financial Applications
Downloadable financial applications are a must for independent business owner or self-employed individual-a freelancer is no exception. Applications that track money in and money out, as well as expected payments, help to keep life and financial organized in an easy to use way. Further, they can be a great help during tax season and if an audit is necessary.
6. Flash Drive
When it comes to online freelancing, there may be times when you must move quickly or utilize different devices for the same project. Make life easier on yourself by having the necessary equipment to make this transition smooth. A flash drive or mobile electronic storage unit can be a great way to ensure that you stay mobile at all times.
7. Dedicated Email Address
Though it can be tempting to give out your personal email to those you are doing business with, there are conflicts and problems that can arise as a result.
Your inbox may become bogged down in project communications and it is also possible that communications from clients could be lost. For that reason, having a dedicated work email that is for your freelance career can streamline the process and make your life much simpler.
8. Organizational Application or List Maker
Staying organized, as aforementioned, is an essential task of being a successful freelancer. Try downloading an application for your phone or computer that will work to help you stay on top of your game. By creating lists of necessary projects to complete to telling you where you need to be when, these applications can be separate from a calendar or they can be synced. Both, however, should be utilized especially for new freelancers.
9. Proof / Plagiarism Tools
There are many online websites and applications that you can use to check your work for plagiarism. Especially for writers, copyright infringement or intellectual stealing can be very damaging to a career and even bring legal ramifications. In order to prove to your clients that your work is original and not copied, consider purchasing or utilizing a plagiarism tool for your projects.
Everyone’s freelancing career will be a little different in the path that it takes and the tools necessary to get there. However, all of those who are creating something for someone else will need the proper software in order to get the job done. Talk to your clients or other freelancers in your field to know and understand what the best is for your particular career choice. Software is an essential and must have part of a successful freelancing career.
About the Author: Lily Wilson is a 34 year-old homestay freelance academic writer.
This article is featured on behalf of Michael Ramos.