This is the second part of a series of posts with list of my favorite tools for freelancing.
(Looking to find more recommendations? Check out the previous post with more of my favorite tools for freelancers.)
Working as a full-time freelancer can be challenging, especially if you’re just starting. In order to succeed, you need the right set of tools, apps and software to help you be more productive.
As part of this ongoing series, I will continue bringing my favorite tools that I personally use working as a freelance designer. Every tool on this list I use regularly and can confidently recommend. Since most freelancers are on a budget, the tools on this list are either free or use a freemium model allowing a free use with some limitations.
Do you have a favorite free tool that helps you do your work and be more efficient and productive? Please share so we can add it to the future posts.
(Full disclosure: These are the tools I personally use. I haven’t been compensated in any way for recommending them).
Social Media Management
Hootsuite is a popular social media management tool that allows you to manage multiple social media accounts from one place. It can be a huge time saver by allowing you to publish your posts simultaneously to all your social networks without having to login into each one. Hootsuite also allows you to create streams, which are filters that can make it easier to monitor and stay on top of the streaming content. A free account allows you to manage up to 3 social media networks.
If you need to clean up and manage your Twitter account, Manageflitter is a great tool for this task. Manageflitter allows you to filter your followers by how spammy they are, if they’re following you or not, and by how active they are. This tool makes it easy to find people that don’t follow you or have accounts that are considered spam. Often quality trumps quantity on social media and Manageflitter can help you get a handle on who follows you and who you should be following.
A free version limits you to how many people you can follow or unfollow but it should be enough to get you started.
Task Management and To-Do List
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Every freelancer needs to have an app to help them track short term and long term tasks. Any.do is a useful and well-designed to-do app to help you stay on top of your tasks. You can organize your tasks either by date or by category. You can also create reminders and add notes to each task. It’s available as a desktop and Android app, which makes it easy to manage your lists no matter what device you’re on.
Getting feedback from a client is something every designer must do regularly. Symu.co is a platform which allows you to present your designs in a browser and get the feedback from clients.
Symu.co is very simple and easy to use. All you have to do is upload your design and send the client the link. The client then can put comments on any part of the screenshot where changes are needed. This makes it extremely easy to figure out what you need to change and where. A free account allows you to upload up to 5 screenshots.
If you’re looking for more free tools. Check out our complete list of Free Tools for Freelancers
Visual Content Creation
If you ever needed to create an attractive graphic you know that it can take some time to find the right fonts, images, and layout. Canva makes it extremely easy to design attractive graphics for any occasion. If you need to create an attractive graphic, you simply choose the category and select from numerous layouts. Once you find the layout you like, you can modify images and text to fit your needs. You can upload and use personal images or use ones found on Canva. Canva is a great visual design tool if you need to create beautiful designs and professional graphics.