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7 Top Tools for Freelancers in 2020

With new and interesting software springing up around us on a very regular basis, it can be hard to keep track of the latest and greatest options available. What software is still relevant? Which applications have been superseded? What will make your life easier as a freelancer?

In today’s post we provide a shortlist of seven tools that appear to be standing the test of time as 2020 gets well and truly underway.

1. Harvest (Time Tracking)

Harvest is great for keeping track of time spent on individual tasks and can also convert the information into invoices for your respective clients. The software enables you to assess your productivity and manage your time more efficiently.

2. Trello (Project Management)

Trello project management is a very accessible and useful application for freelancers and small businesses alike. Highly recommended for staying on top of projects, assigning tasks and for managing collaborative workflows.

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3. Canva (Graphic Design)

For any non-designers, Canva offers an extremely simple-yet-effective approach to graphic design. This is a very user-friendly tool that provides you with drag-and-drop features and design templates for creating things like business cards, logos, presentations and much more.

4. QuickBooks (Accounting)

QuickBooks Self-Employed helps freelancers keep track of incoming revenue and outgoing expenses. It can also help you to calculate upcoming taxes, making life – and budgeting – much easier.

5. Notion (Collaboration)

As collaboration continues to become so hugely important for freelancers and small businesses, Notion provides an all-in-one workspace for teams collaborating on projects and comes with some great functionalities including note-taking and task management.

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6. Zoom (Conference Calls)

If you regularly communicate with your clients remotely and need a reliable video conferencing tool, then look no further. Zoom is rapidly becoming the online communications software of choice for many businesses around the world and is ideal for online meetings and remote collaboration.

7. Buffer (Social Media Scheduling)

Stay active on social media by scheduling regular posts across multiple social media accounts using Buffer. A great tool if you prefer to create a number of posts at a time, line them up for publication and free up time to focus on other important tasks.

As advancements in technology continue to drive transformation for freelancers and small businesses, I hope today’s article has provided some ideas of how to optimise a number of areas and processes across your business. And in case you missed it, get more tips on other useful tools in the following post from earlier this month – Newsletters: Four Tips to Improve Your Email Marketing Strategy

Author photo - Joe OgdenThis article was written by Joe Ogden.
Joe is a copywriter and sales professional with a background in business development and technology sales. He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs, freelancers and small companies reach a wider audience and grow their business. Read more at Joe’s website.
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