Andrei Petrik, CEO & Co-Founder at NetHunt (2015-present)
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NetHunt is a user-friendly email CRM inside Gmail for freelancers. It introduces a simple, yet effective concept. NetHunt lets you turn any email into a CRM record. This way, when a client or order email arrives into your inbox, you put it into the CRM folder with all of the related client data. The best part - there's no "other" app or service to keep open. The CRM database, pipelines and todo's - everything is available from inside Gmail.
While many systems concentrate heavily on sales purposes, NetHunt CRM has a very customizable structure so you can manage almost any type of activity in it; from sales and projects to customer support, real estate and software development.
Being a fully Gmail-based CRM, NetHunt also adds a marketing automation platform to your inbox, letting you send personalized mass mail messages, which openings you can track. If you're a Gmail user, you'll be quick to get used to how NetHunt CRM works. And with all those features included (with no limitations), it costs only $25 for a team of up to 5 people, making it one of the most affordable systems on the market.
Reminders can get annoying, but Remember the Milk app does it right. This to-do app helps you free up space in your mind for truly important tasks. You can create subtasks, set recurring tasks, and define filters for different types of items.
You can put tasks in different lists, specify due dates, and set importance levels right from your keyboard, making this a fast and efficient way to manage your freelance tasks. It’s available for most major platforms, so you can get reminders on any device.
Todoist is another great option for staying on top of your tasks. Its clean and simple design helps you focus on the tasks you need to get done instead of overwhelming you with buttons and options. You can create projects with tasks and subtasks, set recurring deadlines, get notifications and reminders, and organize everything with labels and filters.
You can easily hop from one device to the other, and all your lists will be in sync.
The name of this app may seem a bit tricky (clue: it’s not French), but in fact, it’s one of the simplest to-do apps on the market. TeuxDeux promises to be as easy to use as jotting down tasks on a piece of paper.
You can input tasks with deadlines and recurring dates, create custom lists, and get reminders for important events. It’s available as a browser-based tool and on your iPhone.
Focus Booster is a simple tool for using the pomodoro technique. It’s all about working in powerful, focused intervals. Pomodoro helps overcome distractions by timing your work cycle. By getting used to working in intervals, you can also better enjoy breaks. Focus Booster comes with built-in time tracking, so you also can take care of logging hours with ease.
Hubstaff is a great choice for keeping track of your work hours and analyzing your daily activities to improve your productivity. You can run the time tracker in the background and use the screenshot functionality to check on yourself to make sure you’re not wasting your time on distractions.
You can issue invoices and make payments straight from the app, so it can also save you time spent on administrative tasks. Hubstaff integrates with most major work tools, so it’ll work seamlessly with your existing workflow.
If you’re serious about removing distractions and improving your productivity, Freedom is the app for you. It blocks websites and apps that take away your focus from what’s important. You can create your own schedule and select the enemies of your optimal performance. And it works on all your devices to make sure you don’t get sneaky.
Proposify is another useful tool for crafting great client proposals. Instead of using complex design apps, you can simply input the relevant information. Ready-made and custom templates help you stand out from the crowd. With Proposify, clients can also sign the offer straight from the proposal.
With Qwilr, you don’t simply send a PDF proposal to a prospect. You can craft a beautiful and interactive experience that displays your proposal as a website. Elegant, eye-catching templates help you stand out from the dozens of traditional proposals your potential clients are sure to receive. And standing out is the first step in landing that job.
Invoicely is a feature-rich invoice platform. You can track time, business expenses, and vehicle mileage right from the same app. After issuing invoices, you can accept payments within the tool. You can take care of discounts, taxes, and even shipping. With Invoicely, you can control all your finances in one dashboard.
Wave is a beautifully designed accounting app that you can easily fall in love with (yes, I put love and accounting in the same sentence!). The platform allows you to send invoices, receipts and estimates. You can also accept credit card payments. Wave provides a single dashboard for managing all of your freelance finances in a single place—and that’s a big time-saver.
Do you use the same phrases in emails and instant messages all the time? Do you type the same things over and over? TextExpander can make that process much faster by turning specific combinations of keys into words or sentences.
If you write “Thanks very much, and let me know” all the time, you can have TextExpander write that when you type “tvm.” It doesn’t sound like much, but you can use it for words, phrases, or entire emails. You don’t realize how much time you spend writing the same things until you don’t have to do it anymore.
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Divya Sethi, Digital Marketer at ProofHub (2017-present)
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Many of you might be confused as to where to begin from?
With the help of right tools, you can get important things done for your business. Take a look at this amazing list of 9 handy tools for your business as a freelancer. I hope you find these helpful.
1. ProofHub (Gestion de projet)
ProofHub is a cloud project management solution that has features to match the requirements of every business size. There is no need of having too many tools when you have ProofHub. It comes packed with powerful features like file sharing, Gantt charts, discussions, proofing and allows basic task management which you need when you are starting up. If you have to manage multiple client projects with multiple teams, ProofHub is a useful tool to synchronize your team and organize your tasks.
2. Hubspot (Inbound marketing and sales)
It has a full stack of features that can help businesses transform their marketing from outbound lead generation to inbound lead generation so that their potential customers can find them. For startups, it has designed its business model keeping in mind your budget and thus allows to add basic CRM and sales tools to marketing automation software at no extra cost. HubSpot includes tools for social media marketing, content management, landing pages and search engine optimization as well.
3. Canva (Graphic designing)
Canva is a tool you can use to create a graphic design to help you with your designing jobs without spending too much money and time. It has a library of more than 1 million stock photographs, graphic elements and fonts. As a startup, you can use Canva for your blog post, social media posts, flyers, business cards, menu, magazine pages and many more areas.
4. Hostt (Web hosting)
One of the important part of starting a business is having an attractive website. When it comes to starting off your website, the first main requirement is web hosting. A reliable site like Hostt is free for initial days and you can host your WordPress or Joomla site. Even if you are not sure how to setup your website, their support team will help 24X7 to do the same. It offers unlimited storage and unlimited bandwidth. Hostt also provides domain registration, VPS hosting, shared hosting, SSL certificates and valuable services like transfer domain.
5. Searchmetrics (Optimisation du moteur de recherche)
Leading companies like eBay and SIEMENS use search metrics for SEO and are getting great results. As a startup, you need to have a strong SEO foundation to reap the rewards in the future. This is a platform that can boost your online visibility and make smarter marketing decisions. The soon you build your digital marketing experience better, the more profitable it will be.
6 PowToon (Create amazing videos)
In any startup business situation, grab the attention of your customers by creating amazing animated videos. PowToon offers countless styles, image, and effect combos. Now you can demonstrate your products in an impressive video to amplify the message. You can find easy to use templates that can be edited without the need of professional training or some technical expertise.
7. Docracy (Free legal documents)
As a startup founder, you will have to look after legal documents involved in the starting up of your company. You will have to sign and share legal documents, but you do not want to hire a lawyer because that can cost a lot. Docracy has a collection of legal contracts and has an online library of various templates for creating legal documents. It offers lease agreements, incorporation documents for startups and much more. By default the documents are private, but you can make the documents public or private according to your requirement.
8. Prezi (Presentation software)
Prezi is a cloud-based productivity app for creating presentations and presenting ideas on a virtual canvas. It is visual storytelling software that is suitable for use as a collaborative whiteboard. Prezi creates lively and graphic- rich presentations for people who are not designers. The presentation you make can be shared with others and you can give them permission to either view or edit the file.
9. Google Analytics (Analyze your site’s traffic)
This powerful analytic tool from Google can be used to track and report traffic reaching your website. For a startup, it is a must use tool to see where the users are coming from, what are the pages most visited,how much time being spend on their site and other such information. You can get to know all about it with Google Analytics. It is integrated with AdWords so that users can now review online campaigns by tracking landing page quality and conversions. It allows users to have 100 site profiles with each profile corresponding to one website. Other advanced options like event tracking and A/B testing are also possible with Google analytics.
These are some of the useful tools to solve all your pains. By using these tools it will become a bit easy for you to make an impact in the industry and you can find yourself with every weapon you may need.
Jordan Sanders, Marketing Manager at Devart
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Here is my list of the most useful tools for freelancers:
TMetric is a time tracking web app for both freelancers and big companies. Great control over time intervals and projects’ budgets, flexible billable rates, crystal clear reporting, transparent team monitoring and lots of integrations, all wrapped up into a light interface.
It’s a very simple, flexible, and free way to organize your work. It can be used by you alone or in conjunction with a client. It’s used by everyone from freelancers to agencies to big companies like Google and Adobe.
Medium is a publishing platform noted for its great design and user experience, as well as its network sharing and finding great articles. Medium is used by individual and companies, and can even replace your own blog!
All freelancers (but especially writers) need a full suite of office tools for their personal computer. While Google Docs offers a web based alternative, many folks like storing documents on their hard drive or external memory device. Instead of paying the cost of Microsoft Office, why not try the excellent and free OpenOffice alternative?
Remember The Milk has definitely created some buzz recently, and with it’s Gmail addon, you can now access it through your email, which you are probably spending too much time in…
RTM is simply one of the best task managers out there, with tools that can remind you from almost any device, set up specific location reminders, plan your time in advanced, and work together with others to get things done. An overall must have tool in my opinion.
Nick Stokes, Travaillez de la maison (2016-present)
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Great question for starters! Going freelance can be one of the most rewarding career changes you will ever make. I have asked the same question before but honestly didn’t get help instantly. So I learned things the hard way. I am going to try my best to help you out.
Things I think you will be needing:
Time Management - the most important currency for a freelancer is time. You have to learn how to manage your time wisely and as effectively.
A great Proposals - To attract clients you have to have a proposal. How would you “show off” your goodies (service/product)
Backup Storage - You cannot lose a single file. Make sure to have Icloud or Dropbox.
Organize yourself - If you’re organized, your business will be organized. A well organized person attracts more positive people.
Email - When you are a freelancer your inbox becomes the hub of your business so it better be organized.
Organize your finance - You are nothing unless you can keep track of the money you are making and spending.
But to truly get started, what you need is A job - You need a job that will suffice your basic needs during your transition period. A job which will pay your bills, food, etc.
Ask yourself what will you do to start growing your finances while waiting? I suggest you Invest. You have to learn how to make your sleeping money in the bank work for you. Make money work to your advantage, INVEST NOW.
FYI, Freelancers will make up half the workforce by the year 2020. That is actually a comforting news for freelancers like myself.
Je vous souhaite le meilleur!
Davy Bansal, worked at Wazzeer - Smart Platform for Legal, Accounting and Compliance Services
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This web-based and mobile friendly invoice and expense tracking software is designed especially for freelancers and independent entrepreneurs. It integrates payment options, gives profit and loss reports, and is super easy to use and customize. Though everything can be set up and accomplished in less than five minutes, the software produces invoices that look like they took hours.
Having a mobile web presence is essential to small businesses and freelancers these days, but if you’re just starting out, you may not know how or have the money to hire someone to build a mobile site. Buildfire has streamlined and made it incredibly easy to build and customize your own mobile site in no time. It syncs with almost every major app, and has tons of capabilities like in-app social networks, mobile shops, and an ability to add custom HTML.
Once you’ve got a mobile site, you’ll be needing a beautiful website as well. Weebly is the place to go to build a quick, easy, gorgeous drag and drop site with no coding necessary. It has tons of themes to choose from, plus the platform handle inventory, taxes, SEO, email marketing, and everything else you need to sell product efficiently and effectively.
Proposals are a necessary evil for freelancers, so why not make them as easy and beautiful as possible? Proposify gives beginning freelancers simple design tools, streamlined metrics, and even a content museum so you can find past proposals and not re-invent the wheel. The software even lets you sync your CRM and invoicing, as well as gives you management tools for a larger team so the software grows as you do.
Monitoring your brand or product can be exceedingly difficult, but Brand24’s measurement tools give you a comprehensive look into your customer satisfaction, all in one place. You can check out your marketing analytics, get an influencer score of those who are mentioning you, do a sentiment analysis (is your brand thought of as positive, neutral, or negative) real-time alerts, data exporting, and a mentions feed that puts all of your mentions front and center.
Freelance designers can find a supportive social network through this website, which offers a place for to post their latest work and showcase their skills. The community helps designers connect with jobs and other designers on a global scale, both individually and as teams.
Due gives freelancers an easy, fast, encrypted digital wallet that is smartly integrated with an invoicing system, so you can have the ease and quality of online payments, but retain the professionalism of an entrepreneur. Due also offers time tracking for you and your team and credit card processing to make transactions even easier.
Timesheets and time tracking are a time sucker. Spend your time building your business rather than hunting down where the hours went with Timely, a cross-device app that integrates with your productivity apps, your calendar, your GPS, specific files on your computer, and more to track all your time in one place, automatically.
This CRM system for your inbox can track and manage leads, clients, potential partners, projects and more directly in your Gmail inbox. You just download the extension and go — and even if your business evolves, it’s very easy to re-structure without changing code.
Wunderlist is a beautiful streamlined to-do list tracker that syncs across all your devices. Lists can be set for reminders, or you can send them to others for collaboration or assignment. You can even email Wunderlist reminders so that you can seamlessly set lists for yourself without leaving your task.
Freelancing is better than ever before, and with the advent of these tools, the potential is there to be truly successful in your chosen field. With new tech released every day, it will only get easier, so don’t delay!
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Réponse d'origine: What are the tools every freelancer should be using?
9 tools every freelancer should be using
It is not possible to use two ways for it: freelancing is more than a business today. It is a business with modern requirements. It can be started without collecting huge budgets. As a matter of fact, the freelancers don’t need special instruments and weapons to get started. It is known that freelance world is for everyone. It welcomes the people from all regions of this world. Remember, freelancing is very simple to start. People who are looking forward to get started as a freelancer should focus on the essential materials and tools. Do you have any information?
First of all, you will need a laptop or PC to start as a freelancer. This job is home based and there is no need to establish an office for it. Most of the people start it by using a PC. However, it is better to have a laptop because it offers comfortable working modes. People who are interested to take the start right now should bring the laptop or a PC according to the available budgets. It is impossible to work as a freelancer without having this basic tool. Purchase your first laptop today for a bright future.
Gmail is a popular tool for freelancers. It is believed that email services are required to contact with the clients and customers. In most of the cases the freelancers use online means for the communications. There are so many email services available online. Freelancers are using Yahoo, Bing and Hotmail services but Gmail has no comparison. As a matter of fact, it is an amazing service started by the Google with a huge storage. It offers multiple facilities and services for free. For example, the Gmail account holders can use Google Spreadsheet and Google Docs. All these services are very important for the online freelancers.
3. Wave Accounting
Do you work for financial services? Freelancers working for the corporate groups and companies are suggested to focus on the best invoice preparation tools. Recently, the Cloud has offered an exciting opportunity to create invoices. The Wave Accounting is a popular Cloud based application offering numerous financ