Freelancer writer app guide for 2018
A guest post by Brooke Faulkner.
Being a freelancer writer is not easy. You need to keep your productivity levels consistent, manage your clients and calculate your financial records all by yourself.
If you successfully have a lot of clients and projects, it can be difficult to juggle everything. If you find you cannot cope, your clients will abandon you and you won’t get paid.
This post is about these tools that will help you manage your freelancing career.
If you are new to freelancing, or want to gain some projects for extra cash, PeoplePerHour is a great freelance marketplace.
Here you can browse projects at a fixed price so you know how much you are going to get paid. It will also help enhance your freelancer writer reputation, as employers can access reviews of your work to confirm why they should hire you.
Once you start accepting projects, you will need a way to keep track of them, as well as recording specifications and due dates.
Asana is one of the most widely used project management software for this. Tasks are easily tracked, and goals and deadlines can be set in real time to confer with a client or a partner. And best of all, it’s free for up to 15 users.
WordPress is a must have for any freelancer writer. Even if you’re not a freelancer, you’ll probably be using WordPress as your chosen content management tool.
It is exceptionally easy to showcase a portfolio, manage a blog and build a website. WordPress offers thousands of plugins and themes, which are fully compatible with social media platforms. This means you can share your content from WordPress to LinkedIn to help build your brand.
Part of WordPress’s success is that it’s free to set up for beginners, and when you extend it to own your blog or website, you can do almost whatever you want to help further your career.
Every freelancer writer’s nightmare is when you forget that perfect idea because you didn’t write it down. The Evernote app allows you to keep track, and follow up, all these inspired moments on multiple devices.
You could create an audio recording of a memo on your phone or quickly jot down your great idea. Evernote will help you organise your work from a preliminary idea to the finished project.
Intuit Pay/QuickBooks Payments
Your increasing success means you’ll soon be juggling many clients, projects and deadlines. So how are you going to keep track of your finances? Intuit Pay is the answer to quell all your accounting qualms.
Payments, receipts, tax records and other financial operations are synced together to track, forecast and share with partners. The online mobile app also has a chip and PIN reader, making it easier to make transactions on the spot.
Now you’re ready to succeed as a freelancer writer
No matter what type of freelancer writer work you have, or plan on getting, it will be difficult to do it on your own. It can be easy to overbook yourself, and these increasing responsibilities can make you feel discouragingly swamped.
Now you can rest easy knowing these apps can take some of the load off your shoulders, and help you effectively manage client projects, client satisfaction and finances.
About the author
Brooke Faulkner is your typical internet nerd. She loves all things technical and is an avid consumer of science podcasts (eh hem, radiolab anyone?). When she’s not writing, she can usually be found chasing her boys around the house with the vacuum. Follow her on Twitter.
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