The 10 Best Freelancer Tools to Grow Your Business
In 2017, the Freelancing in America Survey estimated that over 50% of all US employees will be freelancing by 2027.
Whether you are running your own side hustle or looking to open a million-dollar business, a successful entrepreneur needs the right tools to get ahead of the competition.
Let’s get into the definitive guide of the best freelancer tools available!
We all know that every business needs a website. However, if you’re a freelancer, your online presence is typically the most effective marketing strategy you can have to land new clients.
When it comes to website success, SEO reigns supreme. And when it comes to SEO, Yoast is one of the leading plugins that track your keywords, meta descriptions and linking in live time.
With Yoast free, you can track 1 keyword and check content, primary categories, and reading scores. With Yoast Premium, you can also track internal links, content insights, redirect managers, and focus keyword exports.
Evernote advertises itself with the simple slogan, Feel organized without the effort. As we know, most freelancers struggle with staying on top of all their various tasks.
Evernote allows you to seamlessly identify, organize, and prioritize all those nagging to-do lists and projects.
There are currently three versions available. The free version allows you to digitize your notes, files, and memos. Rest assured, everything syncs on every device.
With the premium version, you can share content with others and integrate your information among different platforms.
Finally, the business version enables AI-suggested content and seamless team collaboration and administration.
Need to get a better handle on organizing your clients and their access to your projects? Spera is the leading freelance platform for optimal and efficient client interaction.
Spera includes an integrative client portal allowing you to share projects, invoices, and messages with your clients. You’ll also be able to generate instant payment with the click of a button.
Best of all? When clients open an account, they can pay you without any fees.
The Hustle Plan allows unlimited users, projects, and clients and has a 30 GB storage space. The Pro Plan also includes the client portal, estimates, quote builder, and 150 GB of storage space. There is also an Enterprise Plan that includes over 500 GB of storage space and API integration.
Want to make gorgeous and captivating images for your website or marketing materials? What about creating newsletters, infographics, or brochures?
Over 10,000 organizations use Canva for work, and for a good reason. It’s a simple, intuitive website that offers limitless design options (no graphic design experience needed!).
The free version allows you access to over 8,000 templates with up to 1 GB for storage and assets. The Canva For Work option has access to nearly half a million photos and unlimited storage and folders.
Most social media gurus depend on Buffer as a lifeline for organizing and scheduling all their social media posts.
In a sense, Buffer works as a hub. You can upload a variety of pictures, text, or links and schedule out the dates in your content calendar.
The free version allows you 3 social media accounts with 10 scheduled posts per account. There is also a pro starter plan that integrates 8 social accounts, with 100 scheduled posts per account.
Buffer also has business plans ranging from 25-150 total social accounts and up to 2000 scheduled posts.
Want the definitive resource for checking your website’s ranking, keywords, crawl limit, and backlinks? Want to see how you stack up to your competition?
AHREFS is the leading freelancing tool for reading and interpreting data across the Internet. To date, it crawls 6 billion web pages and has 200 million root domains.
Ahrefs does not offer a free version. Instead, there are currently four different pricing plans, ranging from $99 per month to $999 per month.
Feel like you can’t catch up- no matter how many to-do lists or calendars you create? It’s part of the chaotic nature of freelancing, but your time is also valuable, and Klok helps you prioritize, well, your priorities!
Klok provides a visual calendar that allows you to organize your projects, clients, and tasks. It’s simple to use, and it’s also satisfying to track your progress!
The free version allows drag and drop time entry and an overall dashboard view. The pro version includes the option to sync with mobile devices, import from Google calendar, utilize invoicing integration, and create customizable timesheets.
Do you need to boost productivity among other freelancers or employees? Dropbox provides secure an optimal file sharing and storage solution for millions of freelancers and companies alike.
The basic plan allows you to store up to 2 GB of space. From there, there are three team versions available. The standard version stores 3 TB, the advanced version provides unlimited storage, and the enterprise version also provides domain insights and network control.
Need a hub for all your business and personal tasks? If so, Wunderlist has you covered. With this tool, you can do everything from sharing your grocery list with your spouse to printing your task to-do list.
Wunderlist helps you keep your life on track- and it syncs with all your favorite devices.
Wunderlist used to have a paid, professional option. However, as of April 2018, this comprehensive app is now free for all users.
Need a business phone number? Don’t want to rely on your personal line for your professional contacts?
Google Voice offers free phone numbers for all users. What’s more? You can select a zip code of your choice. All you need is a Gmail account to sign up.
If you download the app on your phone, all calls, text messages, and voicemails go directly to your cell phone.
Final Thoughts On The Best Freelancer Tools
Freelancing isn’t for the faint of heart, but the right freelancer tools will make your job and your life easier.
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