7 Must-Have Apps For Serious Freelancers Only
Looking for useful apps for freelancers? You’ve come to the right place.
You’ve come to the right place.
The work of a freelancer can be done from anywhere and at any time – if you have the right tools.
From your home office, your bed or even while relaxing on the beach, the power to run your business rests right on your fingertips.
With the right tools any self employed individual can take their small business to the next level by using these 7 must-have apps for freelancers.
As a freelancer, you need to sign documents from time to time. Maybe you’re hired to redesign a website and need a contract to ensure you’ll be paid. Maybe you’re agreeing to write content for an online publication.
Regardless of what gig you’re performing, as a serious freelancer you really shouldn’t be making agreements without having a signed contract.
The old fashioned way was to physically sign paperwork and either mail or fax it back. The newer way was to print, sign and then email the contract back. Well there’s a new way to sign documents now, electronically.
With the SignNow app, your client could be a block away or a whole world apart, it makes no difference. So whether you’re at your home office or enjoying yourself while on vacation, you can close deals in minutes.
The main reason I like this app over the other digital signature apps is that the first 5 signatures every month are free. So if you work exclusively on big projects – and thus don’t have lots of contracts to sign – this app is perfect for you.
Here’s a video tutorial on how to use the SignNow app.
Download SignNow for iOS here.
Download SignNow for Android here.
Self employed entrepreneurs don’t need to create expense reports to turn in to the boss. But it is important for freelancers to keep track of all of their business expenses.
This is especially true when it comes to filing your tax returns. It’s important for any freelancer to deduct all business expenses to lower their tax liability.
The Expensify app simplifies everything for you. You can take a picture of a receipt and all the pertinent information gets added to your account. Then, with ease, expense reports can be created to give you a good idea of where your money is going.
The app also features automatic mileage tracking. Just open the app and your mileage is recorded and reported.
Here’s a short tutorial on how to use Expensify.
Download Expensify for iOS here.
Download Expensify for Android here.
You can keep up to date with your appointments with the Google Calendar app for Android smartphones and now for Apple users as well.
If you have an iPhone you can use the built-in calendar app. But what if you’re not entirely in the Apple ecosystem? Well the solution is to use the Google Calendar app instead. This way, you’ll have access to all of your appointments and to-do’s everywhere. Even if you’re on a public computer you can just visit http://www.google.com/calendar and log in.
Google Calendar integrates nicely into Gmail as well, with events such as flight and restaurant reservations automatically being added.
Google also makes other useful apps for freelancers such as Google Translate, Google Sheets and Google Docs.
Google has always been available on Android, but not for iOS until recently. Here’s a video for the iOS version.
Download Google Calendar for iOS here.
Download Google Calendar for Android here.
Paper is basically a note taking and drawing app. But its’ simplicity allows your imagination to flow. You can start with a blank canvas or annotate photos if you wish.
Freelancers can use it to jot down ideas in a visual way. Flow charts, pie charts and basic designs are all good uses for this app. Other freelancers will use it to write business plans, goals or presentations while on the go.
Your designs aren’t just senseless doodles that are just for fun. You can invite others to collaborate on them. I can see how this could be useful if you’re redesigning someone’s website or logo. You and the client can both go and make edits to the rough draft so you both are on the same page.
You can see the beauty and simplicity of this app in the video below.
Download Paper for iOS here.
Paper is not available on Android.
PayPal is a must for freelancers. The days of sending checks are almost a distant memory. Clients want their product immediately and freelancers want immediate payment too.
In comes perhaps the largest online payment processor around, PayPal. With their mobile app, freelancers can send payments as well as see payments posted to their account. You can then withdraw your money to your bank account in one business day.
PayPal for Business offers more robust features such as invoices and merchant services. To process payments in person, you’ll use the Paypal Here service. For this, you’ll need a mobile card reader ($14.99) or their chip card reader ($79.99). They’ll also take 2.7% of each transaction you process.
Here’s how to use Paypal Here to accept payments in person.
Download Paypal on iOS here.
Download Paypal on Android here.
Remember The Milk
Freelancers have a lot of things to do. Remember The Milk is a task management app that helps to keep you more organized. Don’t be fooled by the name. While it can indeed be used as a grocery store list replacement, it can also help you be more productive.
Here’s how it works. You first create a list. You can create as many as you’d like to help organize your task list. Then you can create tasks and even subtasks. Each with different colorful tags and even reminders.
This is one of the most useful apps for freelancers that I can recommend.
The key to accomplishing a lot isn’t being a workaholic! The keys are managing your time effectively by taming your to-do list in order to focus and complete your most important tasks first.
Here’s a very good and detailed review and tutorial on how to use the new Remember The Milk app.
Download Remember The Milk on iOS here.
Download Remember The Milk on Android here.
Hubstaff’s Apps For Freelancers
If you operate a small team of employees or independent contractors who travel to jobs, you need to keep track of their performance. With Hubstaff’s GPS monitoring and time tracking abilities, you’ll able to know your team is on track.
From within the app, you can track how long it took them to reach the destination and how long they stayed there. With this data, you can automatically generate timesheets and invoices to figure out how much to pay your employees and how much to charge the end customer.
Bonus: Hubstaff also have Hubstaff Talent, which is a free resource for companies (and freelancers) looking to find remote talent across the world. As a freelancer, it’s hard to do everything on your own, so why not outsource some of your work?
There’s a lot of ways you, as a freelancer, can utilize the services of others.
- You can hire a short-term freelancer to be a virtual assistant to help manage your social media accounts.
- If your website needs some TLC, you could hire a programmer to fix bugs or a web designer to completely revamp your site.
- If you need help with content, there’s plenty of competent copywriters available to help craft blog posts, ebooks, newsletters or just proof-read your work.
Here’s a quick overview of what you can do with this time tracking app.
Download Hubstaff on iOS here.
Download Hubstaff on Android here.
Do you have any apps for freelancers that you simply can’t live without? Let me know in the comments section below!