Every day more people decide to follow their enterprising spirit and work on their own. A risky answer sometimes, though many really value becoming their own bosses. We are not going to deny that to start working as a freelancer might be a bit more complicated than what you had thought, but don’t worry. To help you with it, we will offer you 14 free or really cheap tools chosen by The Next Web to improve the efficiency of your business.
When we have an independent business, we work with several clients at the same time and it is hard to have their projects controlled. This free tool offers the option of clicking in an assignment when it starts and you can follow it up until the process has finished. The data can be sent via an Excel file through email to control the time you dedicate to each customer.
- Google Drive
To work as a freelancer means you have to develop pretty much everything virtually, that can mean that any type of collaboration could be a big challenge. To save up much time, Google Drive allows several users to work simultaneously and share their work. It has apps for Android, Windows Phone and iOS, so it can be used anywhere from any device.
There’s a world of communication possibilities beyond the email. Asana is a free tool (in teams of less than 15 people) that allows you to organize, share and keep conversations in one same place. It also allows adding files located in Google Drive and Dropbox.
Even if you work on your own, meetings are always necessary. Tools like ooVoo allow you to chat and schedule webinars with until 12 people from your smartphone, tablet or computer.
One of the disadvantages of working on your own is that you can get distracted pretty easily. The best way to avoid this is to know exactly how much time you are dedicating to work properly. Wrike is an app that will show you through a panel the total of time you have been working.
Business proposals are something that has to be perfectly created and designed to cause a good impression to clients. QuoteRoller is a tool that can help you design and develop proposals like an authentic professional reducing the time you would normally take creating them.
Do not discard email marketing tools. MailChimp allows you, in a completely free way, to get to a top of 2,000 subscriptions with 12,000 email messages.
- Guru and Blur Group
Job agencies that offer free access to projects.
Professional social web for business owners, it can help you to connect with enterprising people like you globally.
It can help you to develop ideas, visualize them on the screen and even share them with other users to be able to create a creative mental map. The basic subscription offers to create until 3 projects, and the MindMeister functions usage as well.
To create contracts and agreements can be really tedious. With this tool you will reduce the time you dedicate to search for the data you need for these documents.
Free Hosting that has tons of good characteristics like Google AdWords credit, templates for your site and 24/7 customer service.
Allows you to simplify and organize your personal and professional life in a very easy way.
It is a free service that allows you to analyze and delete from your emails old messages, or whatever you don’t use anymore.