Although working for yourself has many benefits, running a freelance business comes with its own set of challenges. As a freelancer, you are responsible for every aspect of the business – from bookkeeping to web design. It can be overwhelming and it’s easy to get swamped.
Thankfully, there are a lot tools to help you stay organised and become more efficient. But with so many options, it can be hard to know where to start!
Below I share three of my own favourite tools for freelancers:
Wave Accounting → FOR INVOICING AND BOOKKEEPING
Wave is simple to use and provides you with all the tools you need to keep track of your finances. It allows you to create and send professional invoices, accept payments, store digital receipts and monitor your cash flow. My favourite Wave feature is probably the detailed Annual Profit & Loss Report – it takes all the hard work out of tax season!
Asana → FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Asana is a digital project management tool that is both dynamic and flexible – the ultimate to-do list. The minimalist design and colour-coding feature make it easy to keep track of everything in a very visual manner. Asana lets you create projects, divide them into sections, list new tasks and set deadlines (very handy). Its versatility means that you can organise your workflow in whichever way works best for you.
Toggl → FOR TRACKING TIME
Whether you charge your clients an hourly rate or a ‘per project’ rate, keeping track of your time will enable you to work smarter. Toggl is ideal for that purpose – it allows you to create projects and records the time spent on each task within those projects. It also produces clean and professional-looking reports outlining the work done, that you can then send to your clients.
While it all comes down to what works best for you as well as your own needs and preferences, I hope this short list provided you with a good starting point.
What tools do you use? Let me know in the comments!