Freelancing looks idyllic from the outside. Working with the best clients, choosing fun projects, determining your own hours and working from home or wherever you like. But there’s a lot that happens under the hood to keep the momentum going.
Doing the actual freelance work for your clients never takes up 100 per cent of your time. Soon you’ll be swamped with paperwork and admin – writing proposals, drawing up contracts, sending invoices, writing down tasks and managing your workflow.
Freelancers are most often one person businesses, which means they’re responsible for everything.
Not just designing, or coding, or writing. They’re solely responsible for finding new clients, creating contracts, sending invoices, managing expenses, handling taxes, and so much more.
There are countless tools for running all of the different aspects of a freelance business, but sometimes the sheer number of different options can be overwhelming.
Wave is an accounting tool for freelancers and small businesses. It includes invoicing and payments, general accounting tools, and even payroll. The tools are free, and you pay only for credit card payments, payroll, and support.
Time Tracking: Toggl
A very popular time tracking tool that has a free option and works for everyone from individuals to large teams. Track time with one click on any device or with multiple integrations, then create beautiful reports to show your client on where time was spent.
Project Management: Trello
Trello was another crowd favorite. 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.
Graphic Design: Canva
With over 10 million users and launching in 2012 they must be doing something right. Canva’s tools are so versatile you can create anything from an email header, presentation, to an infographic for a blog post.