Becoming a freelancer can be very rewarding with more flexible working hours, greater variation on projects and the potential to earn more money. Becoming a freelancer however involves taking on a much wider job role with areas such as project management, financing, and marketing to consider. Fortunately there's plenty of tools out there to help, and here's five of our top recommendations...
5 free tools for freelance web developers
It seemed for a long while that every piece of project management software was getting more and more bloated, drowning the user in gantt charts, time logging and dated methodologies. Then along came Basecamp. Sometimes, you just want a simple way to log your tasks, collaborate with your team and get an easy overview of where your projects are - Basecamp ticks all those boxes and is free to use for one project.
Another tool based on simplicity. Trello is basically sticky notes on steroids. Create projects, tasks and check lists on an easy drag-and-drop interface and collaborate with other team members. Trello features a range of helpful tools such as colour coding tasks, history tracking and deadlines without overcomplicating a simple piece of project management software. Highly recommended.
Managing several different social media accounts can become a time-consuming process, especially if it's part of a serious marketing strategy. Hootsuite allows you to manage all your accounts in one place, and schedule when to push out messages to different platforms. Great time-saver.
Sending and managing email campaigns can be time consuming and costly. Mailchimp takes away a lot of the pain by providing easy integration with your site for newsletter campaigns, and a tidy interface for using and creating mailshot templates. The site features a range of useful statistics for measuring the success of campaigns, which you can receive in intermittent email summaries. Mailchimp is free to use until you reach their subscriber limit.
Part of being a freelancer will be to demonstrate work you've done in the past to potential clients. Slideshare is an engaging way to present your work.
Coveloping Membership Tools
At Coveloping we've designed our own range of business tools to helper freelancers, contractors and small businesses. All within our low cost monthly subscription you can get access to: