As a freelancer, you wear a lot of hats: you are the bookkeeper, sales representative, meeting organizer, project manager, and social media promoter – and that’s before even sitting down to do the work!
Responsible for juggling all the aspects of their business, the most effective freelancers have to be efficient and organized while on the go from client meetings to work sites. If you freelance, you know the mobile nature of your work means you need the right mobile tools to do your job well.
Luckily, these tools exist. Whether you need to find work, manage your time, or communicate with your clients, there is a tool to help you do it from the palm of your hand. Here are five of our favorites.
Time Management: Toggl Timer
When you’re billing by the hour, you need to be able to keep track of your time. Toggl Timer enables users to log their hours with a single click so they never lose a minute of billable time. The app also allows freelancers to accurately and transparently bill clients and check their time usage reports while on the go.
Project Management: Field Nation
The Field Nation iOS and Android apps put freelance and contract jobs at your fingertips. Gain instant access to thousands of jobs in the retail, telecommunications, hospitality, and other IT-related industries. Location-based features let you search for work in your area and receive alerts for new opportunities.
Once you’ve landed the perfect job, you can connect with your clients in real-time and you can easily share project documents through Field Nation’s integration with cloud storage platforms such as iCloud, Dropbox, and OneDrive. The app is free in both the Google Play and Apple iTunes stores.
Project Management: Trello
Trello is the Pinterest of project management. Keep yourself organized with task boards and add team members to task cards, where they can add checklists, comments, and attachments. The format of Trello’s mobile and web apps are visually appealing and will present you with structure and order no matter how chaotic work is. Plus, you can assign deadlines to tasks so you can stay on track.
Project Management: Evernote
Evernote is like a digital notebook that allows you to create digitally-formatted, handwritten, photo, or voice memo notes and place them within their digital bookshelf. Its adaptable interface operates on mobile, tablet and desktop systems and is available on Apple, Android and Blackberry devices. Evernote recently expanded their built-in collaboration tools, data organization, and presentation options and the “freemium” app is also available in a premium version for professionals with more options.
One of the great things about Evernote is how easily it integrates with many other tools and software you already use. Whether it’s Outlook, Google Drive, or Expensify, Evernote integrates with many productivity, organization, and work-related apps and sites.
If you’re getting bogged down in client emails and need a way to cut through the noise, Slack could be the answer. It’s a communication tool with powerful real-time messaging, archiving, and search capabilities. If you are working on a complex project with a large team, it will help you focus in on the conversations you need to be a part of and prevent you from getting bogged down in conversations that are not relevant to your job.
There’s no doubt about it – freelancing is a busy, demanding profession. To be at the top of your game, you need to embrace the latest mobile technologies. With these five mobile apps to keep track of your time, manage your projects, and communicate with your teams, you will be well-organized and well-positioned to hit your next job out of the park.