Bright and Happy people, I'm sure that since you're all so very smart, that you read the title of this post and are able to figure out what I'm covering today. That's right! Freelancer tools and software that you should be using/professing your love for from the rooftops. Some of these tools/software I've used myself and while I am no longer focused on the freelancer gig, they are still tools that I enjoy using. Other tools are tools that some of the people that I trust the most with my business have used. I've included some testimonials of their experience for you.
Don't be mistaken - this list is by no means exhaustive, nor is it truly the best tools ever for everyone. What works for someone else may not work for you. Don't feel discouraged if you try one of these and find out that you absolutely hate it. I've totally done that before and it's not something that you should take as negatively. That just means that you're different from other people and that's what makes you awesome! Anywho, onto the awesome part of this post - cool tools!
The first tool that I want to talk about is Google Accounts. There are so many things that you can do with a Google Account that it's almost ridiculous! I find myself constantly going back to Google to work on projects and improve my business.
Things I use a Google Account for:
- email: I am able to label, schedule, search, and keep track of every email that comes through my inbox.
- documents: I am able to upload, scan, and create documents in Google Docs. Not only does it act like a Word replacement, but I'm also able to download any spreadsheet, presentation, or document that I've created as a PDF and it is accepted virtually everywhere.
- Youtube: I have to have an account to be able to upload Youtube videos and actually have a channel. Since I am using these videos as part of my content plan, I need this section.
- Google +: I'm not a fan of this social media channel, but I always advise my clients and friends to sign up, set up, and have every single social media channel, so that someone who really does like that channel can find you and your website.
File Saving Software
I use Dropbox and Evernote almost interchangeably. While they both are able to do more than just store files for me on the cloud, this is the majority of the extent of how I use these two tools. I haven't had much time to go deeper into these tools, but I use them to store any articles, videos, photos, or text that I want to keep for later or I may need to reference again.
I used this as my main client hub. I was able to schedule out meetings, create and send invoices, contracts, and quotes, and keep track of every email that I sent. It is used to keep track of everything that has to do with my clients. Basically, it's a file cabinet for my clients.
This is what I use for my newsletter. I write, design, and schedule my newsletter for my community. It's something that I use to connect with my community.
So basically, there are way too many tools and software that can be used in business and it is really hard to narrow it down to fit on a blog post that you won't fall asleep through or hate by the middle of it. I just wanted to give you a taste of what I use and how to make it work for you.
Don't feel bad if you still have no idea what tools to use for your client management. I am still adding and taking away tools and software every couple of weeks. Your system will always be constantly changing.