By Jonathan London on 31st July 2014

Handy apps for new freelancers

Starting out as a freelancer can be tough, there’s no denying that. Not only is it daunting to step out on your own, but there’s a great deal more responsibility resting solely on your shoulders.

However, this shouldn’t be viewed as a negative. In fact, once you get the hang of things, it’s these kinds of things that will help you thrive as an independent professional.

To get you started, there are a few handy apps that you can use to find your feet. Some of them help you get organised, some of them make you more efficient, but all of them are useful for a contractor who is just starting out.

Toggl

You’ll soon see how important it is to manage your time as freelancer, even if you’ve only been at it a few days! Toggl is a great app for time management, and when you’re just starting out it can really help you keep track of things in real time.

A review from Lifehacker sums up how handy this app really is: “Toggl starts tracking the time spent in a live second by second timer right in the web browser. Hit stop when you’re done. Toggl will put together reports – PDF or CSV – for invoicing your clients. More portable than a kitchen timer, Toggl looks like a helpful little tool for hourly freelancers who need to keep track of exactly how much time they spent on what task in another tab.…

Gmail

Gmail allows you to access all your documents immediately as they are all stored on the cloud. As well as email, there’s a calendar, document service, and there’s always something new being added to the app.

The cloud storage is a particularly useful feature as it can help you de-clutter your office space by removing the need for excess paper.

Hootsuite

Social media has become a powerful tool for businesses of all shapes and sizes, and freelancers are no different.

Sites like Twitter and Facebook are great for engaging with your audience and advertising your services. Hootsuite is the perfect place to manage and monitor all your social media platforms at once, giving you an overview on how you’re performing on each.

Mailchimp

Mailchimp is a service that allows freelancers to target the right people at the right time. It’s a useful marketing tool that allows you to provide those who have subscribed to you with relevant information and content.

Insightly

This is a CRM platform that allows you to track communications that you will have with your clients. You can manage up to 2,500 contracts for free and you can also use the software to keep an eye on any potential leads that you may wish to nurture.

Getting into the habit of tracking your clients’ communications can be very successful in terms of both organisation and relationship management. Not only can you refer back to things that have been said throughout your project, but you can use your database to brush up on the finer details before you talk to the client next.

MyBoox

When starting out in freelancing, you have to get to grips with the idea of managing your own finances. This can be one of the hardest things to understand when starting your own business, especially if you’ve never heard of Corporation Tax or a self-assessment tax return!

This is where we have to do a bit of selfless self-promotion!  Our app is there to make things easier for you, giving you a tool that you can use pretty much anywhere to run your business.

MyBoox is a transparent way for you to see exactly what is going on with your finances, and allows you to administer your business without the need for a laptop or tablet.

You can see how much you need to pay yourself, add new customers, create and send invoices as well as claiming for expenses. Everything you do on your app automatically feeds through to your main accounting portal, so you’re always up to date with your finances.

The only downside – you have to be a client of Boox to use it. Here’s where you can find out more about our service.

Jonathan London Written by Jonathan London

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