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Top 10 resources which increase your productivity as a freelancer

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Here is a list of 10 very useful resources for managing your work as a freelancer:

Freelancing is all about doing what you love, when you love and getting a decent living out of it. Whether you are a freelancer writer, designer or programmer, there are some simple things which you need to pay attention to in order to increase productivity and not feel overwhelmed by work too soon.


Here is a list of 10 very useful resources for managing your work as a freelancer:

 1. SXC.hu

Stock photos are much appreciated by freelance designers as they provide a fast solution to graphic needs on various projects. The downside is that most of the websites which offer quality stock photos also require a subscription.

SXC.hu offers freelancers the biggest resource of FREE stock photos and their database is increasing day by day as the community submits more and more photos. Definitely an invaluable resource for every freelance designer!

2. Wridea

Wridea is an idea management service meant to help freelancers avoid forgetting their ideas. It also helps you organize and improve your ideas by sharing them with friends in order to get feedback and work together.

You can create an unlimited amount of ideas, categorize them in pages, share them and you can also choose what ideas can be seen by each person you are sharing with. Wridea also offers the chance to highlight and comment your ideas and prioritize them using colors. Definitely an invaluable resource for those of you who like to think a lot and have everything planned carefully.


3. Harvest

Harvest is a powerful time tracking and invoicing tool which allows you to start and stop timers anywhere during the day at the click of a button. You can also access it on your smartphone, having dedicated applications for mobile devices and you can track your time by connecting it to Gmail or Twitter.

Harvest makes billing extremely easy and automated, being able to retrieve and organize all your billable hours and offering you the chance to create invoices that automatically pull in expenses and project hours.

4. ToDoist

ToDoist is a powerful online application with a simple interface which makes access to your to do list easier than ever. It features a built-in calendar on which you can set deadlines and track activities day by day. It also gives you the chance of creating sub-projects and sub-tasks so you can easily structure your activity for short or long term.

Just like Harvest, it can integrate in Gmail so you can access it easier from your mail account, and you can also access it from a mobile device.

5. Jobpile

Job boards are probably the most frequently used websites by freelancers all over the world.  Jobpile makes the search for a project a lot easier by being a job board aggregator. It shows jobs from 11 job boards allowing you to filter them by job board or see them altogether. A useful platform for minimizing your search efforts.

6. Wordpress

The “weapon of choice” for managing and keeping your website or blog in order. With a very friendly interface and a lot of customization options through plugins and various themes, it is simply the best content management system out there. Did I mention it’s free?


7. Dropbox

Cloud computing and storage has become very widely known in the last couple of years. It’s just good to know that you can access your vital documents of files from wherever you have access to the internet. Dropbox works just like a folder on your computer and can be accessed from anywhere once you set up a free account. The storage capacity is 2 GB for the free version and you can add up to 8 more GB using the referral system.


8. Creative Public

Whether you are a freelancer or a business owner, Creative Public is a very useful resource and information website offering various types of forms, contracts, pricing guides, videos or interviews which can help you out with a lot of small details regarding your work.

In order to get access to the information it offers, you need to pay $19.95 for a one-year membership plan or $49.95 for a lifetime plan. But it’s well worth it.

9. Google webmaster tools

It’s a known fact that Google gets you most of the traffic for your website. Their webmaster tools are everything you need to keep tracking of your online activity and the traffic coming to your website.

It informs you how Google’s bots are interacting with your website giving you a bird’s eye view on how well your online presence is maintained. Just like all Google products you only need your account in order to access and use the tools, so you might as well be already set up if you have a Gmail account.

10. Webdesignledger.com

One of the biggest graphic design blogs out there, sporting resources which vary from Javascript plugins to wordpress themes and beautiful fonts. Their articles will surely be a very inspirational resource for every designer out there.



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